Steeply Sloping Rear Garden in Sevenoaks

Award winner British Association of Landscape Industries National Awards 2003

Domestic garden scheme: (cost over £10,000)

Linden Landscapes Domestic Gardens Limited

The BALI judges comments on this garden were:

A slope of more than 1 in 3, rising 6m from the house in only 17m meant that the contractor faced a significant challenge. Substantial retaining works overcame large tree stumps, bedrock and very limited access. The design created a larger patio with lighting and a water feature. Good materials and detailing of hardworks and timber along with low maintenance shrubs has created a family garden of useable space where there was none before. 

The result is a vast improvement and the realisation of space for a delighted customer.

Winner: Linden Landscapes Domestic Gardens Ltd, Bosville, High Street, Eynsford, Kent, DA4 0AA

Project: Domestic garden in Sevenoaks, Kent

Landscape Designer: Victor A. Shanley FSGD

Award category sponsored by Honda (UK)

Garden before:


Year of completion: 2003

Location: Sevenoaks, Kent

Area: 220 sq.m

Features: reconstituted stone water feature, walls detailing, timber steps, terraces, pergola, limestone paving with feature inserts, fencing.

Challenges: very steep slope down to house, access through garage, machinery use only adjacent to house, structural works for lowest retaining wall