Latest News from Country Landscapes
Anniversary of Country Landscapes
2nd January 2013
Following initial discussions in 2012 Country
Landscapes has been asked by the BBC to be involved in design and implementing
garden improvements and security hedging etc. in a new programme. Filming
is anticipated to take place in January 2013.
21st June 2012: Bury Times
and The Bolton News -
Bury Business Awards 2012 Finalists - Country Landscapes
for Customer Excellence.
25th May 2012: Bury Times
and The Bolton News -
Bury Business Awards 2012 Finalists - Country Landscapes
Ltd has been shortlisted for the Customer Excellence Award.
Lee Thorne - Managing Director "We often
receive excellent feedback from our customers but our team was particularly
delighted to receive the news that Country Landscapes has been shortlisted
out of a long lists of entries in this highly competitive category"
Ltd has been shortlisted at the
The APL Awards,
Bradstone, are now in their 15th
year and recognise the best of British landscaping and demonstrate the APL’s
professional workmanship and customer satisfaction.
This year’s judging
panel consisted of Mark Gregory (Landform Consultants and APL Chair), Stuart
Marler (TVG Landscaping), James Alexander Sinclair, Chris Young from
The Garden Magazine and Mark
Wood of Bradstone.
Chair of Judges and APL
Chair Mark Gregory commented, “We had a
very tough decision on our hands. Often there will be one or two entries
that really stand out but this year there were more than a handful that were
outstanding – we agonised long and hard.”
The winners will be announced at the APL Awards Lunch which will take
Thursday 10 February
at the stunning
Gardens in Kensington, London.
2011 - Increased
Performance Ratings: 9.68 out of 10
(up from 9.55 in 2010)
Christmas Opening -
Thursday December 9th 2010
Everyone enjoyed a
Christmas Sing-a-Long at the official opening of
Laurel Preschool's new outdoor play
area, on Laurel St. Tottington, followed by the
refreshments to celebrate.
Jennifer Holly thanked the
Local Authority and everyone involved including Country Landscapes who worked in
consultation with the nursery staff, and
play area design and construction.
"The improvements are
brilliant and really popular, even in the recent cold weather the children love
to be outside climbing on the tree feature, in the play house, and playing in
the sand pits - they even made striped sand castles by alternating sand and
Lee Thorne commented "It's
clear that the children enjoy digging in their new
garden and they'll love the blueberries and
other fruit that have been planted"
Funding was provided through
the "Sure Start" scheme.
For more details contact
01204886166 or email
What the Press Says....
Society of Garden Designers Nov 2008 - jpg
Rossendale Free Press Dec 2008 - pdf
Dec 2008 - pdf
X Factor Gardens Dec 2008
A historic property in Lostock in Bolton featured in the Review of theYear 2008 in the prestigious Society of Garden Designers journal.
Country Landscapes Ltd. was called in to create a garden to enhance a period property, featuring new patio areas, a vegetable and fruit garden and a create a perfect setting for a period style glass house.
Country Landscapes owner and managing director - Lee Thorne "We always strive to push our clients expectations and create gardens with the "X Factor" and I think this garden has achieved it!
Mature trees provided a fantastic backdrop to the scheme and whilst we wanted to create several features and add interest to quite a large garden, it also had to be in keeping with the period of the property. Clients choose us because we don’t compromise on quality - we use the best materials which will last, such as natural stone which blends well with both modern, or a period property in this instance.
Country Landscapes was established 18 years ago - in the last recession in 1991. Recently they were awarded several Quality Assurance Awards including Investor In People, Constructionline and the Government backed Trustmark Scheme.
"When so many firms are going to the crunch few people want to risk a gamble with unqualified firms and also we offer a great value insurance Trustmark Guarantee which is proving popular as it protects our customer deposits & insures against defects for 6 years."
We’ve been extremely busy and our Garden Maintenance and Landscape teams have been awarded work which will take us well into 2009." Lee believes this is down to the fact that people still want to take "time out" and spend time enjoying and investing in their property whatever the outlook!
BBC’s "Survivors" Nov 2008
The historic Torside Hall in Helmshore (Rossendale in Lancashire) was the setting for filming the latest BBC drama Survivors staring big name stars including Dr. Who star Freema Agyeman. Following filming the BBC called local company Country Landscapes Ltd. to undertake restoration of the gardens.
Managing Director - Lee Thorne confirmed "there was quite a lot of work to be done after the filming, as a lawn had been dug up and used for a hens and a vegetable garden. The lawns and entrances were in a mess, but with some quality turf and hard work we quickly got the gardens looking beautiful again!".
Staff involved in the "Survivors" garden restoration included Anita Martin - Operations Supervisor, Lee Thorne - MD and Mick Doll - Landscape Engineer (Pictured Below)....
"Survivors" going from strength to strength
Country Landscapes was established in the last recession in 1991, and is going from strength to strength. Recently they were awarded several Quality Awards including Investor In People, Constructionline and the Government approved Trustmark Scheme.
"The Investor in People award was particularly impressive and we now exceed the standard in several areas which is quite an achievement for a small firm. For many years now we have been proud to be at the forefront in helping many local people attain vocational qualifications in the landscape sector.
This coming year we’ve got 4 staff including Mick and Anita pictured above who are doing NVQ Level 3. We believe better trained and qualified staff provide better value service, and having a business credible enough to invest in staff is important as it give our customers confidence and helps us to thrive and make a positive impact on local people and our environment". We have been busy this year, both our Landscape and Maintenance Teams have been awarded work which will take them well into 2009. Lee believes this is down to the fact that people still want to take "time out" and spend time enjoying and investing in their gardens and property whatever the outlook".
Garden & Landscape Specialists awarded Investor In People
based landscape and garden maintenance specialists Country Landscapes Ltd. are celebrating their success in achieving
Investor in People Accreditation
As an Investor in People we ensure all our employees are competent to meet the standards set out by many trade organisations, and qualified or undertaking training to gain a minimum of NVQ2 certification. Like a driving licence, we believe qualifications are a prerequisite, however we are committed to achieving higher standards of best practice and excellence where possible.
Investor in People accreditation is a national quality assurance standard which requires organisations to meet high standards of operation. Country Landscapes attained Investor in People in 2005 and was reassessed in July 2008.
Feedback indicated Country Landscapes management and employees continue to meet the National Quality Standards, and are now exceeding the national standard in several areas.
What does this mean to our customers?
|Our work is special - hence our strap line "It's not just a landscape...it's a Country Landscape"
|We give better value - longer lasting
and better quality workmanship due to Best Practice|
|You have access to knowledgeable and enthusiastic staff who are able to give you expert advice because they are better trained|
|Best Practice means you get the job done to the highest standards!|
BBC Coverage of Country Landscapes
Success at Tatton
BBC News at Tatton with Gordon Burns and Dianne Oxberry
featured highlights of the Royal
Horticultural Society Flower Show at
Country Landscapes Operations Manager - Anita Martin
"we were delighted to have our creative hard work shown on BBC TV - you simply
cannot buy coverage on the BBC and the ProAsset Maintenance Garden
featured twice on a prime time programme in front of millions of viewers!
Anita from Bury "it's the first time we have exhibited - it was hard work but, it was an immensely rewarding experience. The ProAsset Garden almost got a bronze award - which was excellent as many show gardens had 10's of thousands spent on them. Visitors were impressed and really enjoyed the practical Mediterranean theme."
Country Landscapes created the
Maintenance Garden which was seen by over 107,000 visitors at a place which - once a year, is the
gardening centre of the world!
Video clip of Show Garden
exhibit at the RHS
show at Tatton...