English Garden Design Associates

Top Landscape and Garden Design Professionals.


UK Garden Designer works closely with major independent UK landscape and garden design professionals, through English Garden Design Associates. All Associates have Professional Indemnity Insurance and Public Liability Insurance.

The following Associates provide increased local coverage within the UK and augment the skills and experience of the UK Garden Designer team. We asked each Associate to describe their specialities in their own words.

  Hugh O'Connell, NCH (CertGD) (FSIGD)  
John Morris Dip La MLI.

Hugh O'Connell, NCH (CertGD) (FSIGD)

Influence from art teachers Jack Coulthard painting and space shape drawings, Tom Prater drawings & sculpture, my own painting and I have a sculptor's understanding of space and the use of the art suppliers Tiranti London stone carving tools. Also part time teaching sculpture at Taunton Art College, with the influence from Eric Estorick and his wife former owners of the Grosvenor Gallery Grosvenor Square in London who purchased some of my sculpture, developed my understanding of space and spatial design proportions. Following this I ran my own landscape firm in Sidmouth Devon. Lucy Huntington FSGD who lived near Taunton was commissioned by some of my clients in Devon to design their gardens. After that I became a full time garden designer having attended her and Robin Williams FSGD Cert GD course. In 1991 was successful in an application for Registered Member of the Society of Garden Designer for MSGD. The tutors included Anthony Archer Wills the international water specialist.

The National Certificate Horticulture was gained at Cannington College Somerset on a year course previous to my art influences.

In 2006 I had drawn a plan for the new boundary frontage of Belfield House, Grade 2, Weymouth, Dorset, that required listed planning permission. Part of the brief was to get the approval of the Conservation officer who loved the design based on classicism also the proportions tied into the house. Planning don't require well drawn or written plans and tell clients who enquire about the cost of designer drawn plans. As Dartmoor National Park Authority in 2002 re application No 0529/02 informed a client of mine. Planning authority is government law.

Planning Applications Conservation and Listed Building - As Dartmoor National Park Authority in 2002 re application No 0529/02 informed a client of mine that they "don't require well drawn plans" - "See well drawn drawing with good writing with the planning application listed listed here."

Hugh O'Connell N.C.H. (National Certificate Horticulture) Awarded by the National Examinations Board for Agriculture and Allied Industries in 1958 when I was 21. Two years prior I had served in the Royal Marine Commandoes in Cyprus, Egypt and Malta. The Royal Marines Museum Southsea, Hampshire PO4 9PX has a EOKA flag taken in Cyprus the catalogue entry (2013/6) by me. Upon leaving military service I embarked on a career in Garden Design preceded by a period of horticultural training on a plant nursery then further 'Field' experience as a Landscaper in which I gained full membership of the British Association of Landscape Industries BALI.

I have undertaken commissions. These include:

  • A 10 acre garden in the Alsace France
  • A similar project in Belgium
  • The Hertfordshire classical garden designed with 16th Century principles the house is Grade 2 listed
  • Working alongside English Nature on a site of Special Scientific Interest SSSI
  • An Arboreal survey for Teignbridge Council at Lindridge Park a 22 acre Park and garden
  • Garden projects in London Eaton Terrace and Kew Green
  • The Isle of Man house garden on a rocky location
  • Dorchester Local Authority to obtain planning permission for a Huff Hause 3 fields off Chesil beach next to the hedge boundary of a SSSI
  • Planning permission in East Devon LA for 3 commercial sized greenhouses near Smeatharpe village and Southey and Gotlegh Moors SSSI also working alongside English Nature who administer the SSSI
  • A private garden for a Grade 1 house in Wells Somerset immediately adjacent to the Cathedral
  • The seaside cliff side garden located above the house at Looe in Cornwall

logoJohn Morris Dip La MLI.

"I am a chartered landscape architect, and member of the Landscape Institute. I have twenty-five years experience in large-scale landscape and urban design projects for both the public and private sector."

My design team pays particular attention to the quality of its detail design and appropriate use of plant material in often difficult environmental and social conditions, and has a recognised track record of minimising vandalism, and containing maintenance costs through appropriate design solutions.
The practice utilises extensive use of computer aided design and visualisation technology which facilitates the speedy transfer of designs and data between complementary professional disciplines and the clear communication of its design ideas to both clients and local community groups.
The range of work handled includes:

  • Urban Regeneration.
  • Pedestrianisation Areas/Civic Squares.
  • Derelict Land Renewal.
  • Urban Parks and Recreation/Sports Facilities.
  • Environmental Impact Studies.
  • Planning Applications.
  • Roadside Landscaping.
  • Housing and Industrial Estate Landscaping.
  • Mineral Extraction Consultancy.
  • Renewable Energy Research and Development.
  • Sustainable Development/Energy Crop Planning.

Area of coverage: Entire UK.

If you would like to discuss the work of the Associates further and arrange a visit by one of the Associates, please contact:

Hugh O'Connell, 78 Queen Street, Seaton, Devon, EX12 2RJ

Email: hugh.oconnell@btinternet.com


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