The only access to the Garden was via the worst steps I have ever walked down!

Steep risers and very narrow treads, Maybe it was to do with an attack of gout, but my my my, were they steep but worse they were awkward and dangerous, once down into the garden there wasn’t an even patch anywhere but nearer the bottom of the garden, due to drainage works carried out.

The saving grace was the view and my what a view, the area immediately outside the patio doors was as can be seen in the slideshow very narrow and in some places uneven.
The design that I came up with was practical and facilitated easy access to all parts of the garden even for the lawn mower.

Raised beds immediately in front of the original landing were added, with the steps sweeping down to the various levels. As work was underway it became apparent that the two raised beds would be too awkward to maintain so a third was added with a walkway along the full length to enable easy maintenance and access to the beds, this also meant that the step design needed to accommodate this change, so with some ingenious engineering this was achieved without looking naff.

The further steps in the garden were designed to flow between each level to bring continuity to the theme, cutting through the steep slopes they provided additional access to the lower levels. To make the gardening side practical we created gentle slopes to each level.

Our clients are sorting out the planting, but the weather has been so difficult that it’s taking longer than expected, we will be back to see the results later this year.

  • Raised Beds And Steps And A View Down The Garden
  • The Raised Planrers And Steps Lead To The lower Patio
  • Looking Down The Garden And Beyond To Plmouth Sound
  • Before work began this mammoth task
  • As the Garden was
  • The old steps and walls were used to infill between the top landing and the top retaining wall
  • The Garden Design that was agreed upon
    The Garden Design that was agreed upon
  • The concrete landing has now  been widened
  • This curved retaining wall offers emense strength
  • The brick facing to the raised beds
  • Covering the cess pit with easy access via a sealed inspection chamber
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This short video shows how the seamingly imposible access can be overcome, with no real option of getting a crane into this location due to it’s narrow and privately maintained roadway.

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Is for a very steeply sloping Garden Near Down Thomas, Wembury, In this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The picture on the right is a section of the original 3D design. This has changed somewhat due to (1) remodeling around a Cess Pit, and (2) The alignment of the raised beds to allow for a walkway to maintain the raised beds.

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    At last after a very dry Summer following a very wet winter, the garden whilst completed was in need of suitable rainfall to promote the growth of the lawn and Planting, being carried out by (Little Weed) a neighbour and plantswomen.

    Alas this wasn’t what we wanted , however the weather had to get better some day soon! didn’t it?

    A recent visit saw the grass green and the Bergenia on the lower banks had survived had and are now beginning to show some growth, a couple of years down the line will see it improve in leaps and bounds. In such an exposed site the begonia ( Elephant’s Ears ) will put on a great show as well as surprising the growth of weeds, flowering in the winter months and intermittently through the year.

    _Graham

This Garden is now being opened up to provide sensible, practical, and usable space to enjoy the panoramic views offered by this stunning location.


With views of Mount Edgecombe, Rame Head, Maker, Cawsand, Kingsand, and Plymouth. Situated near DownThomas, Wembury, the idyllic settlements of Manor Bourne, and Andurn nestle in this beautiful setting.

Inveresk, on the Andurn side, overlooks the Breakwater, and if only the ground could share the amazing scenes, historical battles, and the comings and goings it had been witness too, of famous commanders, and their Battleships, the Pilgrim Fathers and the comings and goings of smugglers, the list goes on.

The remodel of this Garden Started with the garden design as per the cover picture. with Landscaping now underway, we are going to make the most of it for our clients. so keep returning, this is just the start…….

Another week goes by and the work is now much closer to completion, or is it?




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