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COMMERCIAL RESTORATION

LOCATION: DUNSHAY MANOR, HARMANS CROSS, DORSET
TIMESCALE: AUTUMN 2018 – SPRING 2019
Dunshay Manor is a Grade 2 listed 16th century manor house situation in the Purbecks near Swanage. The property is now owned by the Landmark Trust and has been completely refurbished inside and out by specialist restoration builders Ellis & Co.

Gregorys landscapes were contracted to work on the surrounding grounds relaying paved areas and steps and carrying out essential groundworks. The paving was originally laid on bare earth and had subsided badly in places becoming covered in detritus and weeds. Our brief was to lift all the paving and re-lay it on a new base of lime mortar and compacted type 1. Each slab had to be relocated in the same original position with lime mortar to fill the surrounding joints.
Some areas were crazy paving and others were coursed rectangular stones. Some of the larger stones required moving by machine due to their size. In addition, generations of clay pipes, culverts, water pipes and electric cables were buried just below the surface. In all we reinstated over 350m2 paving.

Our groundworks team installed new drainage and a septic tank, a new access track, natural split oak fencing and re-turfed some areas that were previously borders. We successfully completed the works before the open day in early May 2019.

We received a lot of praise for our standards and the sympathetic methodical approach to the restoration work that we adopted. We are currently working with Ellis & Co on the restoration of Ramsbury Manor in Marlborough, Wiltshire and have been tendering for several other projects with them.

MODERN DOMESTIC GARDEN

LOCATION: POUNDBURY, DORCHESTER, DORSET
TIMESCALE: NOVEMBER 2019
The Poundbury development west of Dorchester town centre has been constantly growing for the last three decades and provides many small and medium size garden spaces. Sheltered by walls and fences these empty plots provide an opportunity to create fresh and original designs from scratch.

The featured project incorporates Tuscan Limestone paving, Purbeck limestone walling a larch pergola and small artificial lawn. The garden is part terraced to compensate for the slope providing both garden space and ramped access to the garage at the top.
A large patio outside the house and a smaller patio under the pergola give a choice of seating area. Discreet slot channel drainage takes excess water away from the main patio and the upper levels.

Our regular electrical contractor Tom Fuller installed the lighting bringing the garden to life at night.

We designed this garden working closely with the client to fulfil the brief. The outcome has been very well received. Our client is a professional photographer and has kindly provided the images for the website.

DOMESTIC JAPANESE STYLE GARDEN

LOCATION: MUCKLEFORD, DORCHESTER, DORSET

TIMESCALE: MARCH 2017 – MARCH 2018

Ann Balmforth is a professional garden designer based in Dorchester. We have worked with her on several projects in the area over the last three years. Ann has travelled to Japan and visited many of the most famous gardens to inspire designs like the one we created here. Many specialist materials and techniques were incorporated in this showpiece garden.

The Japanese garden located in a large 300m2 courtyard spreads round the building with some of the themes continued into the front garden and turning area. Our specialist team built the garden in phases.
The main garden features millboard decking, copper slate paving and Baksteen pavers on the ground. Surrounding walls are clad with Sapele and various screens and traditional bamboo fences divide the space up into different zones.

The garden features a large garden room, some mature topiary a water feature and a natural stone turtle.

The result is a tranquil refuge form the world. With walls on all sides blocking views of the Dorset landscape the effect is authentic Japanese and highly satisfying.

The client is very pleased with the garden and we return seasonally to carry out maintenance on the hedges and planting.

DOMESTIC COUNTRY GARDEN

LOCATION: BEAMINSTER, DORSET.
TIMESCALE: SPRING – AUTUMN 2017
Working with designer Ann Balmforth, Gregorys team built this steeply terraced garden behind an old village property. The plan to create a terraced seating area at first floor level and another behind the adjoining cottage involved excavating back into the slope behind the house and building a series of stepped retaining walls.

This involved the removal of over 100 tonnes of excavated clay soil and the construction of block work walls and steps faced with Purbeck stone, painted render and brick. Tuscan limestone paving was used for the terraces, steps and wall copings.
Black painted railings were installed where steps and steep drops were a hazard. These are also aesthetically pleasing and contrast well with informal blue, white and yellow planting scheme. At the top of the garden Gregory’s built a third terrace with a view back over the house. The space between was sculpted and turfed down to the top of the retaining wall.

This was an extremely challenging project with poor access and extreme weather against us. Our team worked hard to meet the brief and to keep the standards of workmanship at the highest level. The designer and client were very happy with the team’s approach and the beautiful garden we created.

We have since created several more gardens with Ann Balmforth.

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