Barnstaple and Devon Landscape Gardening Company 

Landscape Gardener in Barnstaple Carlton Ridd demonstrates outstanding construction experience and global landscaping skills combined with cost-effective, stylish solutions that suit your garden, your budget and your lifestyle.

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A well thought-out garden design is the most effective, sure-fire way to ensure outside spaces work. And this applies to any area, from a small terrace in London to a country estate in Devon. 

In its simplest form, a garden design can be a layout plan sketched by hand, showing areas of hard landscape, planting and seating areas. This will give you an idea of how the space will look in, say, 3 to 5 years’ time.

Wood Decking Barnstaple and Devon

Decking has come a long way in recent years. As well as the traditional hardwood and softwood deckboards there are now low- or no-maintenance composite boards on the market. They can be wood free, anti-slip, maintenance free and UV stable. And some of the better ones, such as Millboard, are moulded from real wood, so they mimic the wood’s natural grain. They look very authentic, and you can choose from a large range of colours and finishes. 


Because of the variety of materials available, decks can be a sympathetic addition to an older, traditional-style home or a stunning extension to a contemporary building. If you want to create that ‘indoor–outdoor’ lifestyle, then a deck leading directly off the house could be the answer. It can provide a strong visual link between the interior and exterior spaces, and it can add value to your property. As for size and shape, decks are incredibly versatile – deckboard steps can link decks on different levels, or you can create a larger, flat area for entertaining. 

In a sloping garden or one that has dramatic changes in the ground levels, decking may be the easiest and most cost-effective solution. It can transform what was previously an unusable outdoor space. Rather than excavating and building retaining walls and terraces, a deck can appear to ‘float’ above the ground.

Computer Aided Garden Design

With the advent of the desktop computer and computer-aided design (CAD) things can get very real. Whichever method the designer uses, nothing will replace ideas and years of experience. Being adventurous with, and understanding, materials and being creative are two of the most vital components to good design. Get these wrong and it could be an expensive mistake.

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