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Helen, who is also a trustee of the Trees and Design Action Group, will be a joining two seminars at Futurescape 2019, Tuesday 19th November 2019 Sandown Park Racecourse, Esher, Surrey 2pm: 'RIGHT TREE RIGHT PLACE:CHOOSING THE TREE TO GET THE BENEFIT' With Keith Sacre Arboriculture and Urban Forest Director at Barcham Trees, the largest container tree nursery in Europe. He is the immediate past Chairman of the UK Arboricultural Association, a trustee of the Trees and Design Action Group and a director of Treeconomics Dr Kieron J. Doick  Head, Urban Forest Research Group  Forest Research 3pm 'FORTUNE FAVOURS THE [...]

Helen is delighted to be joining the panel discussion at The Design Centre Chelsea Harbour Focus/19 on 16th September at 3pm For six days Focus/19 at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour is the design event for excellence. Welcoming trade professionals and design enthusiasts from around the globe, the programme is dedicated to inspire, inform and deliver the best in world-class talent. Taking a holistic approach to both the outdoors and indoors, Christopher Peacock hosts a discussion on designing for urban settings with Arabella St John Parker, C David Harber, Helen Elks-Smith and Neil Dusheiko. The Christopher Peacock Showroom is located on [...]

Tuesday 17th September 2019 The Importance of Privately Owned Trees in the Urban Forest The Urban forest is the ecosystem containing all of the trees, plants and associated animals in the urban environment, both in and around the city - Sands 2005. Trees provide a range of beneficial services that are of particular importance in the urban environment. Improving air quality, storm water attenuation, providing shade and cooling, store carbon, and trees alongside buildings can act as a secondary insulation layer regulating temperatures around buildings, cooling in summer and warmer in winter. Trees provide fruit and nuts for wildlife and [...]

Green Connections ‘Empowerment through collaboration, Wednesday 23 January 09:00-17:00. Soft Landscaping Workshop – Ashford International Hotel, Kent.    Helen is delighted to chair the days events.


Coronavirus (COVID-19)

March 24th, 2020|

As you are undoubtedly aware, the recent Government lock down has called for the temporary closure of many services and our office is now closed.    We are however continuing to work but from home.  We are picking up messages so if we are not available to take your call, please bear with us and please leave a message and we will get back to you.

We are continuing to work with new and existing clients at all stages of the design process,  from initial Master planning and outline design through to design detailing and preparation of tender documents.  Client meetings are held remotely using Zoom, which enables us to share our ideas for your project and our screens with you wherever you are via your smart phone or computer.

Our focus remains the well-being of our employees , our clients  and supporting the wider community.  At the moment ( 24th March 2020) the government is advising that construction remains open as long as best practice is adhered to.  We  are continuing to work with contractors, suppliers and other professionals in order to safeguard all staff and clients and that includes gardens currently under construction.

As a small  business, our clients and staff are incredibly important to us and we are following Government advice to keep everyone as safe and healthy as possible.  We’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of our clients for their continuing support and patience during these difficult times.

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact us and we will post updates as available.



Country Life Top 100 architects, interior designers, craftsmen, builders and garden designers in Britain

March 24th, 2020|

We are delighted and honoured  to announce that Helen has been featured in Country Life’s exclusive Top 100 architects, interior designers, craftsmen, builders and garden designers in Britain.

For the fourth year running, Country Life selects those with a demonstrable track record of excellence in large country-house projects.

The Top 100 comprises the UK’s Top 25 Garden Designers, 25 architects, 25 Craftsmen and 25 builders.

Helen Elks-Smith FSGD Fellow of the Society of Garden Designers

March 1st, 2020|

We are delighted to announced that Helen has been made a Fellow of the Society Of Garden Designers.  Helen was honoured  to receive such an award.  Helen was recognised  for her outstanding contribution to the industry.  The Fellowship was announced by Sarah Morgan MSGD, Chair of the Society of Garden Designers at the prestigious SGD Awards Ceremony at the Landmark Hotel in London January 2020.

Whilst a member of the governing body of the SGD Council,  2010-2013, Helen was  instrumental in the creation of the SGD Awards. No longer on council Helen has continued to support the industry and is a regular speaker at industry events,  recently  championing professional gardeners.   In 2019 Helen was appointed as a Trustee of Trees and Design Action Group (TDAG), an open collaborative forum promoting the role of the urban forest across the UK.  TDAG and its members shares the collective vision that the location of trees, and all the benefits they bring, can be secured for future generations through better collaboration in the planning, design, construction and management of our urban infrastructure and spaces.  Residential gardens and homeowners are key to the success of the urban forest as over 60% of land is contained within our gardens.

Fellows of the Society are Registered Members who have been recognised for making an exceptional contribution to the SGD or the garden design profession, and use FSGD (Fellow of the Society of Garden Designers) after their names.

Society of Garden Designers Awards 2020 Winner

March 1st, 2020|

We are delighted to announce that our Lymington Garden  has been announced as a Winner of the Large Residential Garden  for the prestigious Society of Garden Designers Awards 2020.

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