Our client in Crouch End wanted to create two flat areas on their steeply sloping garden. One area was to be for a garden lodge and the other to be used as a space for their children to play all-year-round.




The first challenge we faced was that the garden sloped up towards the rear boundary. The prevailing height of the ground level meant that the lodge would sit too high above the boundary line, therefore breaking planning regulations. The second challenge was the number of mature trees sitting in the higher ground. Thirdly, the garden sloped dramatically from right to left with the right boundary fence being considerably higher than the left. Fourthly, the only access to the garden was through the house. Therefore, large scale removal of material would not be possible.


To address the problem of not being able to remove material from the garden without going through the house,we opted for a cut and fill approach. To solve the issue of the garden lodge sitting to high we dug out the bank at the rear of the garden so that the roof of the lodge would sit at the correct height and adhere to planning regulations.

By digging out the footprint of the lodge, instead of the entire bank, we were able to keep the mature trees where they were which avoided damaging the root system.
In order to address the issue of retaining the higher ground the embankment was retained with an oak timber retaining wall with some of the spoil from the dig out used to level out the ground behind the wall for planting purposes.

The client was very specific about needing a space for their children and friends to play regardless of the weather so we decided to lay artificial grass in the play area. Our biggest challenge was in achieving a flat and gently sloping lawn rather than a lawn that sloped at a steep angle, meaning it wasn’t possible to pay any ball games or sit out with a table and chair. We applied the same cut and fill methods, cutting into the bank on the right and depositing on the left. The spoil from the embankment excavations was also used here to help build up the level to achieve flat ground. Here, we used an oak retaining wall to retain the ground along the right-hand boundary to match the rear retaining wall.


‘If you are a garden designer needing advice for a particular aspect of a garden installation, Dan’s consultancy service is worth its weight in gold. I have used him both during the design process, and whilst on site on a tricky job. He has proven invaluable in both types of situations. There isn’t much he hasn’t seen or come across in the course of his professional life and I found him very generous with his knowledge.’

Ana Sanchez-Martin MSGD, Germinate Garden Design

‘We are very happy with our garden.’

PC, Crouch End

‘Thanks for a great job, we love it!’

WB, Highgate

‘Dan has accumulated years of experience implementing high-end gardens for a top firm. His knowledge and expertise in all aspects of garden installation are fantastic. If you are looking for a garden built to last, with a high-quality finish and delivered by a polite, competent professional, you should engage Dan’s company. He is world’s apart from the myriad of ‘man with van’ type landscapers who often have very limited experience and certainly no finesse (but often charge as if they do).’

Ana Sanchez-Martin MSGD, Germinate Garden Design

‘Thank you for the great garden you have made for us. The unforeseen challenges of a new-build ‘builders’ garden were a shock to us but did not seem to phase you, Daniel. The 11th-hour discovery of solid concrete waste almost a metre in diameter was swiftly sorted out. The experience, patience and attention to every last detail were superb. With the Nordland team, we were clearly in a safe pair of hands. All work was completed on time and on a budget so we can recommend you to future clients with confidence.’

V & R, Muswell Hill

‘Nordland Landscapes recently created a children’s play area at the bottom of my garden in north London. The work was done on time, and Dan and his team were professional and courteous. My family are really pleased with the result.’

AJ, Southgate







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