Thursday, 30 April 2015

Garden Design in Saddleworth, by David Keegan Garden Design


A Garden Design Project in Higher Kinders, Greenfield Oldham

For those of you who follow and read my blog you may remember another project featured in an earlier blog post featuring a project in Greenfield in Saddleworth, well it was an honour to be asked to redesign gardens for the clients father John. Below is a record of the project which will be updated as it develops

John a keen gardener to begin with but due to limitations of age was in need of a bit of help in simplifying the gardens whilst also making it easier to maintain. I have kept the essence of what John had originally created but just redesigned to hopefully make it more user friendly. That's not to say that John is no longer an active participant in the gardens, as the pictures below show he is still very much involved, and keeping a keen eye on the landscaping team. I can only hope that i have the same energy and strength if i reach my eighties!!

Anyway enough from me now to the plans and pictures of the work in progress!!

And quite  a few weeks later.........
the finished article, apart from the metal pergola which is being installed this very week October 15
The pergola now in ......

..............and pictures of finished gardens











































And A Few Weeks later.........
Blog post update Greenfield Oldham project 19th June 2015
Planting on this project finished yesterday 19th June 2015 it’s now over to the landscaping team to put the finishing touches before John’s garden party next Wednesday. I will revisit next Tuesday to see how it all looks, and with a BIT OF LUCK and A BIT OF SUNSHINE!





 The newly planted wildlife garden with bug boxes

New retaining walls and steps to wildlife garden



A quite p[lace to sit and ponder




 Planting now finished Paul and team can now lay new turf

Inset stepping stone leading through rose pergola and down to sunken garden

Steps formed using reclaimed York stone in keeping with local vernacular

Inset seats constructed in sustainable American Yellow Pine



Newly created wildlife pond 

Grotto pond under top terrace multiple layers of newly created terracing. Also inste seat with views out to the rollings hills of the  peaks.


Blog post update Greenfield, project 18th May 2015

The weather has changed bringing rain but work continues with walls to lower pond areas now taking shape and timber frame to accommodate inset seats now fitted. 

View from top house perimeter path





Center point will be the area of new pond

Curving wall follows the natural curve of the land. Paul and Wayne to side of picture discuss progress and reflect on the soft day.


Work begins on site March 2015





Paul and the team get stuck in



Whilst John keeps a keen eye

John takes a rare break on the newly built wall to  what will be the wildlife garden.


Wider view of new wildlife garden area


Gardens as first viewed



Area to driveway which will become a a wildlife garden with the introduction of bug boxes and animal shelters. The layout for this area is completely rethought with the introduction of a more level finish and steps to a sheltered seat. The garden will also benefit from a hazel hurdle screen to the perimeter for shelter and screening



The main garden as it was with rose bed to fore. This will be re positioned to sit behind the existing rose pergola and the soil re-turfed 

Sloped rockeries and pond all removed with the pond enlarged and rockeries replaced with single level beds for ease of maintenance. Seats will be inset into new walls to pond path.

Further rockery beds to be removed and stone walls built to crate single level planting beds for ease of maintenance.


The old pond looking back to the house.


 Location Location Location



The plans and 3D images for the new garden layouts


Landscape Plan

Elevations for bug boxes and fences

Artists impression for trellis and screen