A Pagoda, a Putting Green and a New Lawn in Buxted

(and how they all came together)

This was a steep site, part of which had been leveled, but our client wanted this extended and drainage installed as his lawn was very boggy during rainy periods. His brief also included building a covered area.  

This not only provided a lovely spot to sit and enjoy the stunning view, but also acted as a focal point to this part of the garden.  Last, but possibly not least(!), as a keen golfer he also wanted a level area of fine grass to practice his putting.

Before work began.

We cleared through the bank, cutting down trees and getting rid of unwanted shrubs.

In goes the drainage.  Once the channel had been filled we built a low sandstone wall along the bottom of the bank to hold back the soil.

It took tons and tons (and then more tons) of topsoil to correct the levels, especially for the putting green.

The pagoda starts to emerge from the ground.  One thing we’ve learnt is that it’s very tricky cutting sleepers to the precise angles and dimensions required for a hexagonal deck.  However, with perseverance we created the sharp angles and neat, crisp finish we were after.

The pagoda is up, the drainage is in, and the levels graded and correct, so it’s time to start laying the turf.

The lawn finished and in its full stripy splendor.  Our clients wanted to do the planting on the bank themselves, and so we left it cleared and ready for them to start work.

The pagoda and the stunning view beyond.

From the client:

We would have no hesitation in recommending “The Sussex Gardener” to anyone that needs a garden transformation.

Thank you to Rob for a magnificent job on our garden. Everyone who knew the garden before now can’t believe the transformation, from a moss filled boggy “lawn” shaded by half dead fir trees and rhododendrons, into an immaculate lawn that is bright and surrounded by fine old Oak trees who now have room to grow properly.

Rob worked tirelessly from early until late on the garden accessed only via difficult steep banks moving tons of gravel, topsoil, rocks and turf to create a place that will be enjoyed by us for years to come.