Case Studies & Community Projects

New Planting and Landscaping Works  - Care Home, Worcester,        Summer 2016 - Spring 2017

4th Corner were approached in June 2016 by Wynbrook property developers to carry out the landscaping and planting  for a new care home they are building in Worcester. The  66 bedroom luxury care home is being built by Wynbrook on behalf of Majesticare, a leading care home provider. The £4.5 million build includes secure landscaped gardens and that will enable residents to enjoy gardening and to relax within the grounds, surrounded by mature trees on all sides, in a desirable suburb of Worcester.  4th Corner has sourced all the trees, shrubs, bulbs, grass seed, wildflower seeds, bark mulch and compost from our trusted supplier network. These have been delivered to the site in Worcester and we have carried out the planting and dressing of the landscape areas as they have been made available to us by the developer. 

 

4th Corner are able to carry out large scale planting and landscaping projects within a 75 mile radius of our depot in Banbury. Our team is experienced and all our operatives are on the BALI Register of Landscape Operatives (ROLO).   

The Wildlife Garden,  Frank Wise School, Banbury - Community Project,  Spring 2016 

Construction work at The Frank Wise School, Banbury, meant that the previous garden had become inaccessible and overgrown.  We offered to help get the garden back to life and in February 2016 our teams began clearing undergrowth and preparing planting areas. The idea of the rejuvenation project was to make the garden a real haven for wildlife and to add plants that that will stimulate and engage the children.  Planting took place in March, and the children are now really enjoying the garden.

2016 APL Award Winning Project - The Orchard Project, Sibford Gower Endowed Primary School, Oxfordshire.

When 4th Corner Director Amanda Ransom identified the potential of this disused Orchard in January 2015, she approached Head Teacher Jane O’Sullivan and volunteered her team of Landscapers to create an outdoor learning environment that would encourage curiosity, exploration and discovery.  The Orchard Project now plays a vital role in enabling teaching staff to engage children within an expansive natural environment, where they are able to study a wide range of native British plants and wildlife. The Orchard Project was shortlisted for the 2016 Association of Professional Landscapers Awards, and awarded "Commended" against some tough competition!

The Knot Garden, Wroxton Abbey, Oxfordshire. 

In January 2015 we received a phone call from the Dean at Wroxton College,  he explained that within the grounds of the Abbey was a knot garden that had fallen into disrepair, and that it needed rejuvenating in time for the 150th anniversary celebration in May.  When we met the Dean at the Abbey in early February, the issues were clearly apparent - pest damage, box blight, and overgrown woody shrubs, all of which needed attention.  4th Corner Director, Julian Ransom  gave a range of replanting possibilities for the knot garden including a replant of the whole area using new shrubs and Buxus Sempervirens, to partial replacement selecting only blighted plants. Other options included replacing the Buxus with Ilex Crenata which is not susceptible to blight.  After  conversations with the Dean, our peers at the Association of Professional  Landscapers, and the original designer of the garden, we came up with a plan.

 

The work involved the bolstering of the existing perimeter Buxus, the total replacement of the internal parterres with Ilex Crenata, and the replacement of the overgrown woody shrubs. We used approximately 600 new plants. All the new planting went in with peat free compost and bone meal and all the green waste (20 bulk bags) was taken to our composting station for recycling.

Cropredy Marina, Oxfordshire.                                                     

The Developer of a new 240 narrow boat Marina at Cropredy in Oxfordshire found our website whilst traveling in Canada. He needed landscapers that could come in quickly to ‘green up’ the newly dug Marina before winter set in. We quickly agreed with the owner a planting scheme that would involve several phases to take into account the time of year, and the readiness of each of the two stages of the Marina Development. 

Phase 1 was to create an immediate impact by laying new grass turf around the amenity area.

In Phase 2 we planted several acres of grass and wild meadow seed, which with favourable weather was completed just before the end of September and has now greened up nicely.

Phase 3 takes advantage of the time of year (November/ December) to plant native bare root trees such as Quercus Robur (English Oak), Salix Alba (White Willow) and Prunus Avium (Wild Cherry) and native hedging across the site.

 

 

 

Residential Development, Coventry, Warwickshire.

We were contacted by a property manager, on behalf of the residents, to provide a quote to improve 4 shrub borders on the edge of a private square in the middle of Coventry. The borders had been planted when the area was redeveloped 15 years ago and were now overgrown and shabby. 

 

 

We made two proposals, one for partial clearance of each border, making use of some of the existing shrubs, the other for complete clearance with a range of new planting. The residents opted for a complete clearance and replant.

 

The planting plan was designed in house and the aim was to provide a range of small to medium size colourful shrubs, grasses and bulbs which would provide residents with a range of colour and interest through the seasons. The shrubs would allow a clear vista of the park from the houses surrounding the square and enhance the maturing trees planted within the border.

We cut back all the shrubs and chipped them on site, reducing transport of green waste away from the site and providing excellent mulch which reduces weed ingress and retains moisture. Over 400 new shrubs and grasses and 1000 bulbs were carefully planted over a couple of days with peat free compost and fertilizer. We then added decorative bark to the borders where required.

 

We have been asked to maintain the borders and square for the next 12 months, during which time we will monitor the new plants progress, replace any failures (included is our 12 month guarantee), add additional fertilizer in the spring and prune and weed as required.

 

For this planting scheme we used the following plants, Golden & Silver Euonymus, Hebe ‘Red Edge’, Cornus Alba ‘Sibirica’, Stipa Tenuissima, Miscanthus sinensis, 'Morning Light', Papaver Orientale, Narcissus Tete a Tete, Cropcus Spring Beauty, Tulipa Shakespeare, Tulip Hakuun.

Residential Development, Banbury, Oxfordshire.

We maintain the grounds of 20 houses & 60 flats in one residential development in the town centre. When we took on the grounds maintenance in 2010 the grounds were bland and sterile, this is typical of many developer specified gardens which are cheap to implement and maintain.

 

We approached the management company and residents to see if they wanted (and had the budget) to improve and brighten up the grounds. The idea received a positive response but the residents wanted ideas and costs.

 

We asked our designers to design a cost effective scheme to enhance the central green area of the development, we then presented the plan and cost to the residents. The scheme as approved and worked started on it 6 weeks later.   

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