Design Process


No two projects are the same and each requires a tailored input. The following acts as a guide to the process from initial meeting to completed garden.

1. Brief


Our designs derive from a well thought out brief, which forms a written document and acts as a corner stone to any design work. This is the fruit of client / designer discussions and our own site analysis.

2. Survey


A topographical survey is commissioned from surveyors for most projects. Smaller town gardens are sometimes surveyed ‘in house’.

3. Sketch proposal


From rough ‘back of an envelope’ pencil sketches to Outline CAD plans, this phase is a process of discussion between client and Angus to confirm and ensure client involvement at each stage.

Once signed off by clients, this forms the basis of all detail work.


Sketch Visual: Perennial Garden, Hertfordshire

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Sketch Visual: Front Garden, Oxford


Sketch Visual: New Cycle Path Proposal, Oxford

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Sketch Visual: Harcourt Hill, Oxford


Sketch Plan: Initial Proposal, Higher Denham


Sketch Visual: Initial Proposal, Tree Grid Detail, Yorkshire


Sketch Plan: Initial Proposal For A Woodland Garden, Kent

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Sketch Visual: F1 Motorhome Rooftop Garden

4. Detail proposal


To progress the garden design sketch proposal, we prepare a Detail Package for both hard & soft landscaping in order to provide relevant construction detail & Planting Plan information, to thus enable budget costing, sourcing and procurement.


Edging Detail


Water canal construction


Driveway sections


Planting Plan


Vegetable raised bed


Trellis/ Brick wall interface


Step detail


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5. Monitoring on site


During the construction of the garden – to ensure what has been agreed by client and drawn by us, we schedule regular site meetings to monitor the build and advise contractors accordingly.

6. After care


This is as important to us as it is to each client -  that the garden develops as intended. We include within our package 3 further visits over the following 18 months post garden ‘completion’. This allows us to review all aspects of hard landscaping and planting and address any matters arising.  Our team also offers ongoing garden maintenance if requested.

“I have always been impressed with Angus's design and work. He understands our briefs well and makes very good proposals around what we want to achieve. The schemes are always harmonious and calming and well executed. Support after the project has also been good, we haven't been forgotten once the job is done.”

Ross Brawn, F1 Team Principal, Oxfordshire

Browse recent projects

Old Barn, Oxfordshire

Old Barn, Oxfordshire


An architectural & contemporary garden for a family idyll

RHS Chelsea Show Garden 2009

RHS Chelsea Show Garden 2009


A wildlife garden with a contemporary edge

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Private Residence, Chilterns

Private Residence, Chilterns


Framed views merging into the borrowed landscape

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Victorian Town House, North Oxford

Victorian Town House, North Oxford


Smart walled town garden for home-working professionals and family

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Eco-House, Oxford

Eco-House, Oxford


An essay in green

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Summer Garden

Summer Garden


Slow days of summer

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One-off Modernist House, Chilterns

One-off Modernist House, Chilterns


Bold design complements a unique contemporary house

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River Cottage, South Downs

River Cottage, South Downs


Cottage garden with a contemporary twist

Walled Garden, Yorkshire

Walled Garden, Yorkshire


Evoking a feel of the country in a town garden

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RHS Chelsea Show Garden 2007

RHS Chelsea Show Garden 2007


The Children’s Society garden

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Park Town, Central Oxford

Park Town, Central Oxford


A private space in the heart of the city

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Private Residence, Seven Oaks

Private Residence, Seven Oaks


Modern family garden

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Private Residence, Henley

Private Residence, Henley


An elegant blend of traditional and contemporary




Large family garden

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Yorkshire Courtyard

Yorkshire Courtyard


Courtyard garden

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Combe, Oxfordshire

Combe, Oxfordshire


Thatched cottage with large-scale rural views

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Mill House, Winchester

Mill House, Winchester


Water Garden

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Horton cum Studley, Oxfordshire

Horton cum Studley, Oxfordshire


A modern cottage garden oasis

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Cycle Path, Oxford

Cycle Path, Oxford


A new Linear Park for Oxford

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