Review of 2010 – Loughton garden

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The front garden of a grand house in Loughton was in dire need of renovation. The retaining walls were cracked and dangerous, the paving was a mixture of ill-matching paving materials and the sloping rockery needed a complete overhaul.

The steps paths and beds were cleared completely.  Retaining walls were rebuilt in a soft red brick that matched the walls of the house. Paths around the front and side of the house were relaid in riven Indian sandstone. The piece de resistance, the grand entrance steps were rebuilt in Marshalls Fairstone sawn sandstone, with smooth bull-nosed edges. 

The flower beds were rebuilt as two terraces, supported by timber sleepers laid on edge. Planting was a range of shade-tolerant plants, suited to the frequent shade of the large Cedar of Lebanon towering over the garden.