Chartered Landscape Architects – The Terrace, Grantham Street, Lincoln. LN2 1BD – 01522 567484
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The Garden Bed, Gold Medal Winner at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016

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Stephen worked alongside Alison Doxey, his lifelong friend and a professional florist, to produce this artisan garden.

Presented as though the observer is indoors, looking out to an accessible hospice garden, the design incorporates homely, familiar planting and a hospice bed enveloped by the natural surroundings.

Invigorating and calming, restorative and contemplative, The Garden Bed illustrates how even the most humble of spaces can be a beautiful sanctuary.

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Cosy and artistic

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A sunken courtyard with art deco features provides space to cook, eat and relax. A retractable shade canopy and integrated lighting mean you can stay all day long. Access to the indoor pool, built-in seating and luscious greenery, accompanied by the sound of the fountain, make this a perfectly idyllic retreat.

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Timeless and romantic

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A one word brief – ‘romantic’ – was the inspiration for this garden. Soft waterfalls, pathways full of chamomile and thyme, sweeping lawns, flower meadows and watercress beds make this an enchanting garden for romantic strolls and daydreams.

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Classical and elegant

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Classic topiary, statues and stone walls meet contemporary planting and colours to create a fresh, welcoming aspect. Bold lines and framed views invite you to move through the garden, enhancing the house by echoing its style and providing a beautiful setting for enjoying the outdoor spaces. Planted June 2017.

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Vistas and views

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Stepping into this quintessentially English garden feels like going back in time. Gorgeous heavily scented borders line pretty paths punctuated with riots of rose and clematis covered archways. Manicured lawns and thoughtful landscaping show off the beautiful Cedar tree to its greatest advantage, creating the perfect setting to appreciate afternoon tea and the splendour of a traditional English garden.

Stephen Welch MA CMLI

Stephen Welch MA CMLI
Managing Director

“Every landscape is unique, and each presents its own challenges. The satisfaction comes from overcoming those challenges, making the most of the possibilities, and creating a landscape that both the client and I can be truly proud of.”   Stephen Welch.

Stephen is a chartered landscape architect with a Masters in Landscape Design from Sheffield University. As a talented landscape architect of more than 20 years’ experience, Stephen has developed the skill set to tackle any project.

Stephen has previously worked for a number of private practices and government bodies, and was the brains and talent behind the Daily Telegraph’s garden design service.

Stephen’s experience allows him to tap into exactly what each client wants from a landscape, and he tackles each and every project with characteristic enthusiasm. Stephen takes great pride and satisfaction in every stage of a project, relishing the process of shaping and modelling a landscape as well as the end result. Stephen’s ability to see each aspect of design through the eyes of those who will build it informs his innovative but practical approach. He works closely with other professionals such as architects, engineers and town planners to produce seamless, integrated designs for each project.

Naturally very practical and hands-on, and a born team player, Stephen likes nothing better than rolling his sleeves up and getting his hands dirty on site.

When Stephen isn’t working he likes playing tennis, running, enjoying outdoor pursuits and getting involved at Doncaster Rugby Club.

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Calm and soothing

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Created for Les Bourgs hospice, this oasis of calm incorporates natural materials and the soothing sound of running water to provide a welcome sanctuary for patients and their families.  His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales became Patron of the hospice in early 2013.

Stimulating and sensory

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Noise, scent and colour provide lots of essential sensory stimulation in this garden created for residents with additional needs. Painted murals by local artist Mary Kingsnorth, light, water, and woodland provide a full sensory experience and a feeling of freedom.

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Neat and tidy

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Formerly overgrown and unkempt, this back garden has been transformed into a little haven. With spots to catch the sun at different times of day and drifts of plants displaying colour throughout the year, this design also incorporated the existing Indian bean tree – Catalpa bignonioides. Pretty, cottage garden planting is kept in order with crisp lines and privacy is ensured by pleached hedges.

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Wild and natural

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An abundance of wild orchids, dragonflies flitting over ponds and glorious wildflower meadows evoke nostalgia and delight. This most natural of landscapes melts even the most urban of hearts.

Design and drawing

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Beautiful, bespoke landscapes don’t happen by chance. Before anyone so much as lifts a spade on site, a great deal of thought goes into the design. The first stage of design is the most vital: going into a space and seeing all the opportunities, constraints, problems and possibilities, and identifying solutions that work for the land and the client. Design integration with other professionals such as architects is crucial for every element of a landscape to perfectly fit together.

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Social and spacious

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The delighted owners of this garden watched it morph from a windswept, exposed site that was difficult to use for outdoor living to a fantastic, versatile space. Clever use of shelter solves the problem of high winds leaving the breathtaking views still intact.

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Communal and spiritual

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John Wesley said, “I look on all the world as my parish” and we hope the community and congregation of The Wesley Memorial Church, Epworth will look on this garden as their own. Demonstrating our exceptional understanding of landscaping, our design incorporates a new statue of Wesley that (unbeknown to us at the design stage) bears a striking resemblance to a sculpture that appears in the original sketch but was never built because of cost.

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High and windy

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If you live on top of a cliff, you’re pretty much guaranteed two things: wonderful views and cutting winds. By working with the architecture to create a space that blends in beautifully with the existing landscape and overcomes the challenges of the site, we’ve created a calm environment sheltered from the elements that still makes the most of those views.

Infrastructure and setting

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We’ve created green and pleasant spaces on business and retail parks and in residential areas, working closely with other professionals to produce integrated, seamless environments.

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Straight and narrow

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Modern, sleek and angular, this garden incorporates a raised pool and precision lawns. The pleasing symmetry creates an atmosphere of uncluttered stillness and tranquillity, making it the perfect place to relax.

Harmony and beauty

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As talented and experienced landscape architects, we are able to create a space that harmonises perfectly with the existing buildings, features and period. This garden is younger than it looks, but has been expertly crafted using reclaimed materials and period design to perfectly blend with its surroundings.

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Reclamation and regeneration

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Regeneration projects can give whole communities new life and vigour, making a difference to everyone in the area. For this project — the transformation of the old pit heap at Grimethorpe colliery — we started with an enormous heap of hostile shale. With paths, planting and patience, eventually this area will seamlessly blend with the original landscape, making it a pleasant, peaceful place for the community to enjoy.

Rural and peaceful

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Landscape architecture is about much more than just planting. This idyllic rural retreat has been created using natural colours and textures in paving and planting, curves, levels and a variety of beautifully complementary materials. The resulting space has a traditional feel with a modern twist.

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Healing and restorative

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This landscape, which was nominated for a Best Healthcare building award, provides a safe, calming environment for patients, families and visitors to the hospital. Grasses and movement add calm, and the garden and buildings work together to create a pleasant, soothing space.

Welch Design

Welch Landscape Design Ltd, based in Lincoln, has been providing clients with landscapes they love for over 20 years.

The practice is registered with the Landscape Institute and governed by the professional code of ethics.

We offer a full range of services including landscape planning & design, project management, landscape maintenance & management, tree surveying, and landscape & visual impact assessment.

Our client list includes national house builders, hospitals, hospices, schools, developers, and private residential clients.

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