case studies

We supply and maintain plants for all types of business, including large multinationals, small businesses, restaurants, bars, health clubs, car showrooms and shopping centres as well as offering event and function hire services.

Below are some examples of our work. For more information or if you have any questions please call 01749 870465 or email:

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Bristol Harbourside

We have recently been working with King Sturge and their clients Crest Nicholson, on the maintenance and development of their site's green features. Green features are not just the pretty trees planted around the development!  If you take the time to cast your eyes towards the heavens then you may notice a feature unique to the Bristol landscape.

The Green Veil wall is an ingenious method of screening the site's car park facility from neighboring residential views. However, this is just one of many benefits that green walls, or vertical gardens, bring to our urban environments.

Green walls can go a long way in helping to reduce the urban heat island effect. Heat Islands are a phenomenon caused by the centralised heat produced by our cities through vehicle exhaust fumes, air conditioners, and massive quantities of heat-absorbing asphalt and concrete. Green Walls can help reduce this effect.  When moisture evaporates from greenery, there is a significant amount of heat consumed in the evaporation process.   

Indirectly, green walls reduce A/C requirements in buildings, reducing energy consumption and heat production.  Sounds good.  It gets a little better! The harbourside development combines green wall technology with two intensive green roof schemes. The grass and sedum roofs may not been seen by the public but certainly add to the development’s green credentials. Green roofs help with the heat island effect as well as reducing the amount of rain water run off. 

The green wall/roof scheme is vital in aiding habitat restoration, providing a place for birds to feed, rest, breed and raise offspring - the ivy on the green wall providing a great source of nutrients for birds, bees and other insects.

Ashville Centre Melksham

Great Crested NewtIn 2005 the Ashville Group acquired a site of 8.3 acres in Melksham, Wiltshire which included an area where the great crested newt was established.  At first sight, great crested newts are not the most prepossessing of animals, having black, warty skin and rather resembling the Creature from the Black Lagoon. 

This may be unkind, but look at the photo!  However, as with many other of our native species, the great crested newt is gradually declining in numbers, largely due to the loss of suitable habitat, and it is protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and the Habitat Regulations Act 1994.  The Ashville Group therefore employed specialist consultants to advise on the best methods of conserving a habitat suitable for the species whilst the development went ahead.  A newt barrier was erected around the habitat and considerable time and expense was involved in ensuring that all the newts were contained within it.

We were then approached by the Ashville Group to maintain both the area within and surrounding the newt barrier in a manner which would be sensitive to the specific environmental issues involved.  As newts have permeable skin, they are at risk from any chemicals they encounter which immediately and obviously prevented the use of any herbicides or pesticides in case of wind drift or seepage into the water.  

It was also appropriate to consider the possibility of one (or more) of the little beasties escaping their safe harbour, despite what should be an insurmountable obstacle to this.  Fortunately, great crested newts are, for the most part, nocturnal and the chances of encountering one, in the course of routine landscape maintenance work during the day, is minimal. 

Within the sanctuary area itself, we recommended that the sward height should be kept to a nominal height of 15cm, and that grass cutting should only be carried out using hand cutting tools and during periods of hot dry weather, preferably in June or July when the newts tend to seek shelter in cooler and damper habitats.  

So far, we have not encountered one but at least we are reasonably certain that we have not contributed to a reduction in their numbers!


Castle Mead installation

A slick installation of “Curvy” containers with a range of specimen plants for Manor Cleaning and CBRE in the reception area of the Castle Mead office suites,  located next to the new Cabbott circus development in Bristol’s old Broadmead shopping district.

The clients wanted a scheme that would compliment the refurbishment of the reception area.  Black and silver “Curvy” containers were chosen to fit in with the sleek monochrome marble décor while the curved containers generated a little wow factor!

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