Rald is a landscaping design firm based in south Oxfordshire, that is passionate about creating bespoke, timeless gardens. Whether situated in the countryside or in a town, Rald is committed to working with each individual client to find a unique design solution that fits with the existing or proposed property and its surrounding landscape
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Rory Andrews Landscape Design West Berkshire


West Berkshire

West Berkshire

This property is situated in a small village not far from Newbury, West Berkshire. The site provided a number of issues, the primary one being that the lawn adjacent to the main terrace was consistently waterlogged, with further areas of the garden prone to water-logging too.

With this in mind, the retaining walls in the back garden, which were softwood (and therefore rotting) were replaced with hardwood Oak timber sleepers, allowing for the reshuffling of certain areas and moving of steps. Timber decking was replaced with limestone, to create the new main terrace, and other areas are now surfaced with self binding gravel, which makes an attractive, solid and hard-wearing surface.

Separate areas were requested, including: A lawn for the children to play on, an area for the existing fire pit, a shade garden for relaxing on hot days and a rejuvenation of the front of house. Creating these different ‘zones’ actually helped to lend better scale and proportion to a relatively small garden, in comparison to the large stature of the house; a common trick for designers, which may seem counterintuitive to the layman.

Trees and hedging help to delineate these zones, as well as adding height and structure – whilst also softening the hard boundaries of the garden. Further use of soft herbaceous and grass planting help to add colour, texture and atmosphere to the new spaces.