Tom works with clients on all aspects of their landscape scheme from initial concept stage right through to construction, although he is very happy to undertake individual project aspects such as planting design, nursery visits and sourcing of the highest quality plants for clients.
Tom’s Recent Projects
Though based in Suffolk Tom works throughout East Anglia in Norfolk, Essex and Cambridge. Some of Tom’s garden design projects further afield include London, Yorkshire, Devon, Bahrain and India.
Recent projects include: developing an arboretum that will contain a comprehensive Quercus collection (oaks); restoration of three Georgian lakes; reintroduction of deer into newly restored parkland; and a productive walled garden that will one day supply the local farm shop. Tom is also in the process of developing his first piece of land art in Essex.
Tom’s niche tends to be on the rural side of things, small and large estates and farms. Woodland management, lakes, wildflower meadows, deer parks and shooting are often elements that need to be considered in the design process. Historical knowledge and a deep respect for the past is extremely important, as often the projects will be restorations of fascinating estate elements; walled gardens, rhododendron walks, ancient woodland, pleasure grounds and arboreta. His design is of a classical nature, respectful of the past yet practical for today’s needs.
It is exciting that people are still keen to take on these wonderful estates and make them work in a modern day environment; from discreetly putting a tennis court in the walled garden without upsetting the head gardener, to installing a swimming pool in the orangery. Working with neighbouring farmers, land agents, conservationists, planners and sourcing gardening staff are all tasks that are embraced with tact and enthusiasm as part of the design process.
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