Landscaping on Levels

For the past week we’ve been working on a back garden in the heart of Bristol, just off the famous Gloucester Road. Narrow streets of Edwardian, terraced and semi terraced properties, the house we were working in had no access directly to the back garden, so everything had to come in and out through the house.

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Taking all materials and waste up and down narrow steps through the basement kitchen was hard work, but Team Jerry always get the job done!

The view from the back door looks down on the garden, which is steeply sloped with old decking and steps down to the lower area. The garden design that Ali has created will see a water feature with rill running at the bottom of the garden in between the bamboo.


The lower paving, steps and all the planting in the majority of the lower garden had to be removed, though we kept the Amelanchier and Fig trees on the sides of the garden.

Once the green waste had been removed the boys could get to work on building the retaining walls and steps of the patio which will also have raised bed planters on the edges.

We brought in 164 concrete blocks, all of which had to be shifted from the road, down through the basement to the bottom of the garden. Good work guys!

The steps started taking shape and the walls were rendered, ready for painting. The boys started levelling out the lower area ready for paving.

It’s so exciting when you start to see a garden really begin to change and transform, after the initial demolition and destruction. Come back next week to see how this garden is progressing. It’s a big job, and will last a few more weeks so stay up to date with us to see this one completed…


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