New Year. New Driveway. Same Great Suppliers.

It’s always a great feeling to end a year with the completion of a project. And a driveway makeover is no less satisfying than a complete garden overhaul, particularly one as stunning as this one that we’ve just finished working on. Here’s the before shot:

One of the most sensitive areas of the garden redevelopment of this property in Wadhurst, East Sussex, was the front access. What started off as a thicket of woodland and rather run-of-the-mill driveway has been transformed into an elegant entranceway that is now deserving of the stunning property hidden behind:

In order to ensure the property is screened so people can’t just see straight up the drive, we planted a selection of mainly evergreen plants to give year round cover. We also included plants that flower at different times of the year to add some interest, including a couple of deciduous cherry trees for gorgeous springtime blossom. We also planted hundreds of bulbs around the edges for a fantastic spring display.

Most of the plants and trees were put in at a mature or semi-mature size, but they will continue to develop and be pruned to create a bigger and more solid screen. Western Red Cedar (Thuja) hedging was planted to match the curve of the granite edgings and will eventually grow to 2.5 metres high. We’re very pleased with how it looks now but in 2 or 3 years’ time it will look even more fantastic as most things take a few years to knit together.

Enormous thanks to the wonderful Provender Nurseries for supplying all the bulbs, plants and mature trees.

As the project had to be completed by Christmas, everything had to be pulled together in quite a short amount of time and Chilstone pulled out all the stops to get the cherry on top, the pedestal signs, completed in time. Chilstone’s Steve Clark said,

“We adapted one of our existing moulds to enable us to create a cost effective pedestal, based on the design that we received from Ali. The pedestal was handmade at our premises in Langton Green and is made from our caststone in a Portland stone finish. The engraving was carried out at our workshop by one of Kent’s leading engravers Nigel Hartfield. We were also able to mock up the engraving design and pedestal to show the client before they made their final decision.”

Well we’d like to thank Steve, Nigel and the rest of the Chilstone team involved in the crafting of the signs. They look amazing!

We’d also like to say a big thank you to Round Wood of Mayfield for supplying all the granite kerbstones for edging the drive. They give great definition to the sweeping curves.

And last, but definitely not least, to Corker Outdoor Living for providing the driveway surfacing.

Thanks everyone – we really couldn’t have done it without you!