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Over the summer of 2015 we took on this great garden project close to the Emirates Stadium in Highbury, north London. The garden was mainly laid to lawn with a large overgrown shrub bed in one corner. The owners of the house had just moved in and were carrying out a full refurb, of which the garden became a major part of. We removed the existing patio and driveway, then built some low retaining walls and wide steps out of brick and sandstone paving. The old lawn was removed, levelled and new turf laid. A leaning thirty metre long neighbouring brick wall was demolished and rebuilt and the garden was stocked with hundreds of flowering perennials, shrubs and trees, all watered by a new irrigation system coving the beds and lawn. The result is a beautiful, traditional and colourful garden that smells amazing.

A large lush green lawn surrounded by colourful flowers behind a grand house
Colourful plants look beautiful around the base of a large tree
A large lush lawn leading up to a pretty summerhouse on a summers day

"Hard to believe that the garden we imagined at the outset was accomplished so quickly, painlessly and true to our original vision. From design to budget, hard landscaping to planting, Philip collaborated with us at every stage. Most importantly, he listens to his clients and for us, what began as a business relationship between client and contractor evolved into partnership and then into friendship.

From the outset he understood what we wanted to achieve and he was pragmatic and clear about where we could compromise and where we could not. His level of communication is superb. His designs work. His plants flourish. His team works quickly and tidily. He finishes on time and on budget and the end result is stunning and enduring."

Andrew and Mary (Highbury) - Click here to read their full review

A traditional raised bed made from warm coloured bricks with steps leading to a healthy lawn
A skilled man on a digger clearing a garden of weeds and turf


The existing lawn and overgrown borders were completly removed and over 40 tons of earth was removed to level out the garden. With access for skips limited to a driveway at the front of the house diggers and a dump truck were the only sensible way to move all the waste from the rear garden.

3D SketchUp image of a man on a sofa in a conceptual seating area, designed by Fork Garden Design


A series of 3D SketchUp models were created to enable the clients to visulise how their extended terrace would look once the garden had been renovated. SketchUp is a fantastic CGI tool that we use a lot, both in the initial planning stages and for presenting ideas to clients.