the north east
Ensata: natural pool
‘I’m very busy, and I think it’s social media that’s made the difference,’ says Sally Tierney, Yorkshire Garden Designer, based in York. ‘A lot of people start looking for a garden designer online, so the website is the shop window and it needs to be kept up to date with new photographs and projects.’ Having worked in the Leeds area for more than 20 years, Helen Voisey is also consistently busy. ‘I like to be involved at all the different stages,’ she says. ‘The North East is a lovely area to work in, and I have great clients, with a mix of small and medium projects.’
The North East is a brilliant place to work And as John McNally GreenFingers comments: ‘We’ve been in business for 28 years, and we never seem to stop! In general, people seem to have higher budgets than ten years ago - in some cases up to 40% higher.’ AWARENESS It’s an awareness of the products that Sarah Murch sees as one of the reasons for business growth. ‘We’re getting
a lot of enquires for conversions, where people put in a swimming pool 20 years ago in larger properties, and they’re now causing real problems – so we see that as a growth area.’ she says. ‘We build natural swimming pools and design and landscape larger designs around the pools as well. We do bespoke natural pools, and we do them to fit in with the clients who want an alfresco living area, and we wrap the pool around the patio, and possibly a sauna or a summer house, so it becomes a real living area. And for the money they invest, they really want to get out an enjoy using the pool, so we’ll do more landscaping around it as well, rather than just drop a pool in.’ ‘Being primarily a garden design company means Eves and Lewis in an unique position in the Northeast as there are very few companies that just specialise in garden design,’ comments Karen Lewis. She adds that Chris Eves, Partner, is the only fully registered member of the SGD in the Tyne & Wear area. ‘Lifestyle choices also means people want to have artificial lawns - that seems to be increasingly popular,’ says John McNally. He adds that clients want a contemporary, modern look rather than the basic lawn and patio of a few years ago, with more requests for structure in the design and the plantings, and more use of as topiary.
The Landscaper | Issue 218 | June 2017
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