Swatton Landscape Blog

Flint wall verses Buddleia

Posted on 04/03/13, filed under Fresh News | No Comments

While the undergrowth is still fairly clear it’s a good time to have a really good look at your old stone and flint walls, especially if they have been built with lime mortar. We tend to associate the decay of these structures with things such as ground movement and weather conditions, but a smaller more innocent looking foe can create equal havoc. Ivy is right up there on the list and its searching root system will find its way into the smallest crack and spread within the heart of the wall.

The main culprit on this flint wall is a self seeded buddleia and a little further along an elder has also made itself at home. Left un-checked its roots have penetrated right into the centre and forced one of the flint cobble faces clean off. Luckily it isn’t too late to rescue the wall by stopping the growth, but some extensive restoration will be required once the hard frosts allow lime mortar work. Catching these plants before they become too established can save a lot of time and money.


Return to the Chelsea Flower Show

Posted on 13/02/13, filed under Fresh News | No Comments

Charity garden partnership set to put Forgotten Kingdom on the map

We are really excited to announce that we will be returning to Chelsea this year working with landscape and garden designer Jinny Blom to construct the ‘forget me not’ garden as part of the RHS flower show's centenary year.

B&Q, the UK’s leading home improvement retailer is to partner with Sentebale, a children’s charity founded by Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso of Lesotho in sponsoring the garden. The objective of the partnership is to raise awareness of the charity whose role is supporting Lesotho’s most needy and vulnerable children, many of whom are victims of extreme poverty and Lesotho’s HIV/AIDs epidemic.

Sentebale which means ‘forget me not’ in Sesotho (the language spoken in Lesotho), was set up in 2006 in memory of Prince Harry’s and Prince Seeiso’s mothers. The charity works in partnership with the Basotho people at all levels to provide health care and education to the most needy children; in particular those suffering with the HIV infection, children with disabilities, orphans and herd boys whose livelihood limits their access to education. The ‘Forget-Me-Not’ theme will be an important part of the partnership and the garden.

We’ll be posting progress reports on the blog so please keep checking in and see how you can get behind the charity. www.sentebale.org

New year, new website

Posted on 06/01/13, filed under Fresh News | No Comments

Its a new year and to go with that we have a brand new website. We're hoping the blog will be a great way of showing people what we get up to day to day and its a chance to share our thoughts and challenges with the rest of you. 

It feels like a good way to start things off by thanking Cleve West for giving us the opportunity to work with him last year on his 2012 Chelsea flower show garden for Brewin and Dolphin. Chelsea is always a challenge to mind, body and spirit but our team were amazing and the end result was fantastic. The garden certainly had something special and that really is credit to Cleve's vision. 

Cleve West Brewin and Dolphin