You may find it useful to have discussed what you want from your garden amongst the family before we meet. To help you do this I'll send you a short questionnaire on things you may wish to consider e.g. how you want to use your garden- for entertaining, for children to play in, to grow your own food etc.

When we meet, I'll have a look around your garden to get a feel for the space and its surroundings, how sunny or shady, level or sloping it is. We'll discuss your answers to the questionnaire. We'll look at elements of the garden you like and want to retain and those you want to change. We'll discuss your likes and dislikes in terms of colour, shape, materials, style etc.

You'll tell me what budget you have in mind and how much time you are able or want to put into maintenance (alternatively we could do the maintenance for you). I'll explain the services I offer and my rates, so you can select the level of service you want. Having looked at my portfolio and discussed your needs and my ideas for the garden, if you are happy that I can help you, and I think I can deliver what you want within your budget, we'll sign a 'terms of engagement form' which is the contract between us.

You may decide that a concept plan is all you need or want to pay for and to carry out the work yourselves. However, if your plans are less straightforward or you need someone else to build your new garden, you'll probably need more detailed plans. See step two.