Initial Consultation

Site visit to meet & discuss requirements, aspirations & dreams for your garden

Advise openly with recommendations while in the space & feel the sense of place

A written site brief which includes client’s requirements, along with proposed design work to set out recommendations

A costing shall be given for further works & design work to scale

Site Survey

Site survey and photo survey carried out. In the case of a complex layout client will be advised if a surveyor is required

Site analysis, indication of aspect, exposure, soil type and significant features all taken into consideration

Water levels, drainage, inspection hatches, soakage areas & septic tanks also noted

Design Concepts

Design ideas explored and illustrated by images, plans and or sketches

Concept plan worked out to scale. Drawing in progress illustrating to the client, ideas and spatial layout

Planning Permission

Planning permission submission drawings with all the appropriate documentation provided as required with buildings by most County Councils


Finalise scaled design to approval of client

Indicates tree & shrubs, materials and spatial arrangement

3D imaging &/or sketches. Elevations and cross sections

Planting Plan

Recommend site specific planting, consideration given to final effect and seasonal interest

As a horticulturist Elma has a comprehensive knowledge of trees, hedges, shrubs, perennial, bulbs etc.

Plan schedule, which includes type, size and numbers at recommended spacing

Construction Details

Specifications of material recommended and quantities of details such as ponds, pergolas etc.

Layout Specifications & Measurements of plan on site

Project Management

Prepare tender documents and building specifications

 Specifications of all aspects of the plan or phased elements

Contract administration

Liaise with preferred contractors

Advise client and appraise tenders submitted

Identify time schedule

Site Supervision & Inspections

Inspections of work, ensuring recognised techniques are being employed, competitive prices are being charged and that there are no pitfalls or omissions

Snagging, final checks on the job to ensure details specified have been adhered to

Payments stages to contractors

Aftercare Service

Upon request we can provide a comprehensive service that encompasses a minimum of two consultancy visits a year as a follow-up that will identify areas that need maintenance and give advice on the continuing health and well-being of your garden