The warmer weather always heralds a change in pace at DeakinLock and this Spring is no exception, with extensive work being carried out for our clients across Suffolk and Essex and back at the office we have been busy with recruiting an Office Manager so we can provide an exceptional service to clients from initial consultation to completion.
April was a busy month and I was a guest on Radio Suffolk’s Afternoon Show with Lesley Dolphin in a section called Garden Party with features on some of Suffolk’s beautiful gardens and seasonal gardening advice. The programme is still available on the BBC Radio Suffolk website and you can catch me on the same show next month on Friday June 17. Visit bbc.co.uk/radiosuffolk for more info.
Work on the River Garden Essex
We have completed a phase of tree planting which has included a striking avenue of Crataegus prunifolia ‘Splendens’ in what is known as ‘umbrella form’ which means that the multi-stem tree has had its lower branches pruned off over the years so that the crown is raised and the trunks are clear and visible. Crataegus prunifolia ‘Splendens’ has a white flower with pinky red anthers and the tree carries red berries in the summer which carry through to Autumn where the colour of the foliage turns from a flaming yellow to a deep red as the season progresses.
We have also planted a line of pleached hornbeam trees to help screen the tennis court and create a strong line running parallel to the main path which will be constructed with clay pavers laid in a basket weave design. Throughout this work, the weather has been hugely challenging.
At another site, we have been working under the guidance and expertise of Bedford-based archaeologists, Albion Archaeology. Our client’s garden surrounds their period home and a condition of constructing the garden was that DeakinLock could not dig deeper than 300mm without an archaeologist overseeing the construction process. Working with Mark from Albion has been very informative and we were fascinated to uncover some Tudor brickwork while digging one of the tree pits. We have all been intrigued by the find and are speculating about what part of the original building it may have belonged to!
We will keep you informed of any other discoveries made over the course of the build and post any findings on the next blog.