Our back yard was a typical ‘new house’ back yard with a basic builder’s landscaping job. We wanted something special that was low maintenance and functional while being classy and a bit different. Carlton was great as he worked with and guided us through the design process. He listened to what we were trying achieve and took notice of our needs and our tastes and by the end of the design process we felt like we ‘owned’ the design. When it came to the job, Carlton and his team arrived on time every day and work tirelessly – through sun and rain – to get the job done. The finished garden has a ‘wow’ factor beyond our dreams and the quality of the workmanship is evident everywhere. We would recommend Carlton without hesitation. He is a consummate professional and the quality of the work at all levels is of the highest standards.”
Carlton and his team recently completed my landscaping project. I found them to be not only professional but also easy to deal with, which permitted a good exchange of ideas. The quality of their workmanship and attention to detail was excellent whilst also being mindful of budget constraints. The project interested all my neighbours who were very complimentary, not only of the finished product but also of the way they conducted themselves during the course of the job.”
Our initial brief to Carlton was to build a retaining wall and create a garden within it. We met several times to discuss the design and how he would approach the project. He produced a detailed sketch for us based on our discussions and an idea of the costs involved. The sketch is what sold me – I had to have that garden. Once we delved a little further we discovered due to the height of the retaining wall and the sloping site we had to involve regulatory bodies. The simple plan we had in our heads turned into a more complicated process involving the council, private certifiers and design engineers with plans that needed to be approved. Carlton guided us through each step of the process. The end result is an amazing feat of engineering with a rock retaining wall complete with drainage, soil, mulch and a unique planting design. Throughout the project we changed our minds as to what we wanted and Carlton’s never-ending patience and sensible approach always put us back on track. We were so happy with the results that the project evolved from the retaining wall to various other projects. We have developed a great relationship with Carlton. He has a friendly yet professional attitude in all of his dealings with us. His work is meticulous and his attention to detail is unsurpassed. We have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Carlton.”
I had the good fortune to acquire the services of Carlton on both my home landscaping projects. From planning to completion Carlton’s helpfulness, reliability, work ethic and attention to detail were fantastic and the team he chose possessed similar qualities. Carlton was easy to communicate with which made the whole process much easier. He was mindful of budgets, very honest and also versatile in the work he could/would carry out to complete the job. If he was in doubt about something he thoroughly researched it.

My neighbours, who enjoy observing such projects, all commented on what gentlemanly tradesmen were at my place, how thorough they were and how tidy. I would happily recommend Carlton – he is a real professional and I am sorry to lose him back to the ‘Old Country’.”

We found Carlton Ridd through an advertisement in our local paper in 2011. At the time, we were looking to redesign and plant two small courtyard areas in the front of our home. Carlton impressed us at the time with his enthusiasm, genuine interest and willingness to listen. He completed the projects within budget and on time and even today the areas are still very attractive and easy to manage.

It was without hesitation that in 2014 we immediately contacted Carlton again when we decided we would move to a new location and needed to completely re-landscape our whole garden on an area of about 800sqm. Carlton dedicated himself to the project and helped us to plan and design a beautiful new landscape. Unfortunately, due to his return to the United Kingdom Carlton has been unable to complete the project build, but the work he has done to date has been of the highest standard.

Carlton not only has great skills as a landscape artist, he is also a builder and knowledge in that area means that construction of any hard surfaces is done properly and to exact standards.

We would sincerely recommend Carlton for any landscape project – large or small. Australia’s loss is Britain’s gain!