Landscaping

Our latest project completes, a disabled and elderly friendly garden.

June- September 2013. Our elderly customer contacted us earlier this year because he longed for a new garden. A new garden that could be accessed and viewed from a wheelchair, and a beautiful place for he and his wife to enjoy together. A garden to reminisce in whilst also to appreciate the moment i...

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Photo diary of our latest design and landscaping project

Designed, Landscaped and Organically Maintained by C.A.R. Gardens To see a photo diary of our latest landscaping project in Cowes on the Isle of Wight follow the link below. Its a facebook page- and you don’t need to be a facebook user to see the album…. https://www.facebook.com/media/se...

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Our latest landscaping project completes

Designed, landscaped and maintained by C.A.R. Gardens. We’ve just finished a contemporary garden in Cowes on the Isle of Wight, so we thought you’d like to see a quick snap. This is one end of the garden- the chill zone. The water feature is a welcoming, calming and cooling influence dur...

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Welcome to our newest team member

Thank you to every one who applied for the job vacancy advertised in January. The position is now filled by Chris, but if you are still keen please do keep in touch. We are a small yet growing business, and always on the look out for talented, skilled and dynamic people to join us. Further […...

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Landscape Gardener Required

Full Time & Permanent. Start January 2013. Salary dependent upon qualifications and experience. Drivers license essential. E-mail Craig with your C.V. acorns@cargardens.co.uk

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Winner: The Chemotherapy Garden at St Mary’s Hospital on the Isle of Wight won the BBH Award for Best External or Landscaping Project, 2012.

C.A.R. Gardens and St Mary’s Hospital winning an award from Building Better Healthcare 2012, in London on 7th November for their Chemotherapy Garden. From left to right: Craig Ratcliff (owner of C.A.R. Gardens), Diane Adams (St Mary’s Hospital I.O.W.), Dr Phil Hammond (BBH host), Sarah W...

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Sunnyside decking project 2008

Sunnyside decking project 2008, a set on Flickr.

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Private Play Area in Ryde

A big thank you to our newest customers for employing our services to help create a woodland play area for their family and friends. Its been fun, and very rewarding to see the garden change during our work over the summer. And a lovely testimonal too, thank you. Our customers told us: “Came h...

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Sunny side decking 3 years on

Thank you Karin, for getting in touch with us. These are Karins’ recent photos of  her decking in her garden as featured in our previous Blog. 3 years on since we had the pleasure of building it! Its brilliant to see how the timber has aged beautifully, the plants have grown and the space has...

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Chemotherapy Garden Construction 2008- 2009

Chemotherapy Garden Construction 2008- 2009, a set on Flickr.

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C.A.R. Gardens’ photostream

C.A.R. Gardens’ photostream on Flickr.

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Playground Project at Fiveways school, Ryde

FORT  We returned to Fiveways this year to continue the playground project started last year. SPIRAL FLOATING BENCHES FUN PLANTING ENTRANCE ARCH HERB BED BIRD TABLE FOOTBALL POSTS INSECT HABITAT PLATFORM FOR CHILDREN TO REACH BIRD TABLE FORT SPIRAL

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We had fun at work today!

Thanks to Nick Whittle from Xcell for the use of his machines and for his digging expertise.

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Beautiful side garden

seating pond path way  These photographs show a garden that we designed and built earlier this year and now maintain. Our careful design and construction has maximised this space. The end result is a peaceful and beautiful place to be.

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Garden restoration in West Wight

Creating mown paths View to bridge Restored urn Log Store Mown grass path Restored urns New entrance gates View from bridge View from seating area New Elaeagnus x ebbingei hedging Leaf composters Compost bays View along stream in spring New pedestrian and driveway gate These photographs are of a gar...

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Garden Make Over

Our latest landscaping project was in Newport.We have designed and built this garden; and  have submitted a planting plan with the hope to return soon for planting to really make it ‘sing’! (N.B. fence on LHS by A.N. Other). Before and after photos:

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The Old Post Office, rear garden. Photographs before, during and after! Designed, built and planted by our team earlier this year.

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The Old Post Office front garden

This front garden near to the town of Yarmouth, I.O.W. was designed, built and planted by our team, earlier this year. Before During Before After After After After After

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Ryde garden make over

A smaller garden in Ryde. Using local materials and Island grown plants and turf we gave this property a new look outdoor space.

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New play ground flower beds

During the Easter break we were commissioned to create new flower beds in a playground at Five ways, Ryde School.The existing playground was usable but rather sterile. We dug through the existing tarmac and hardcore and back filled with local compost and soil. We created retaining walls with chunky ...

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Permeable driveway

These are images of a drive way project we recently completed in Bembridge.After clearing the area of over grown plants, and breaking and clearing the old broken concrete drive we excavated deeply to create a permeable drainage system.Granite setts were laid as edgers to contain the shingle, and to ...

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We’re in the County Press

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Planting a native hedge

Earlier this year we were asked by Matt Bowman, owner of the Stoneground Flour Company to supply and plant an indigenous hedge around his mill at little Duxmore farm near Havenstreet.Matt grows organic certified cereals for his mill and has organic and free range chickens producing eggs.We are also ...

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A sunken garden in Bembridge

Where there was once a pond we have created a raised timber planting bed. Steps now give access to a paved area surrounding the chunky timbers. By raising the planting off the ground our customers have a comfortable height to work at and have planted the bed with beautiful Dahlias.The now filled pon...

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Summer at St Mary’s Hospital garden.

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Permeable driveway and front garden

This project involved re creating a driveway and adjacent front garden. Under new legislation planning permission now has to be sought for non permeable front gardens and drives. Our customer in Shanklin was keen for us to design a hard surface for parking that allowed for rainwater to drain through...

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St Mary’s hospital garden officially open.

The newest garden at St Mary’s Hospital officially opened on the 1st May 2009. The ribbon was cut and a speech given by Sheila Paul, chief operating officer. (See county press May 8 2009).The garden can be discovered between the maternity unit, endoscopy unit, chemotherapy unit and the Mottist...

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Chemotherapy garden: Our latest landscaping project

Our garden design and installation for the Chemotherapy department, St Mary’s Hospital, Newport, IOW. Nearing completion, you are welcome to visit the garden which can be found between the Endoscopy and Maternity departments.

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Decking: Our latest landscaping project

Thank you Karin and David who recently contacted us with these kind words. You can see images of this project on this blog. “It is a great pleasure to supply this testimonial for C. A. R. Gardens as the conduct of our decking project from initial consultation to completion was exemplary. Craig...

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Warrens’ favourite plant so far!

In response to ‘The meet the team’ blog a couple of weeks ago, Warren has reconsidered his position on “favourite plant right now” and asked me to post the following: Allium var ‘Hair’ Looks like something out of a Dr. Seuss storybook! Whimsical blooms have reddis...

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