• Landscape Design & Build,  Landscaping Ideas,  sustainability,  Timbergrid

    Environmentally friendly structural walls

    Environmentally friendly structural Timber Retaining Walls

    Timber structural environmentally friendly walls were designed over 40 years ago.

    They were originally designed to last for around  50 years . We have been designing and building them since 1984.timbergrid-business-card-pic

    Recently we were asked to carry out some minor repairs to a wall that had been built approximately 23 years ago, on Long Island

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    Amazingly well preserved !

    Once we had exposed the back face of the wall, it was clear that the timber was almost in the same condition as when the wall had been constructed. You can see here a few examples.

    If you are looking for an environmentally friendly, long lasting in expensive wall you may want to take a longer look, if you would like to make the wall truly green, i.e. a planted wall then TimberGrid is maybe for you.

    Check out some more information here Walls.

    Want to know more just send me an email…   chris@chriscoope.com

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    • A little light reading,  Landscape Design & Build,  Planting

      Hello world!

      How it all started, my first job.

       

      It’s been very many moons since starting out early one morning to work ‘in the woods’ near

      my home in Caversham, Reading.

      Leaving the house at 6.30am, with a hoar frost on the ground, piling into the back an Austin van, joining three others who were much more able than 14 year old me.

      My mum would pack a lunch for me and added a thermos flask of hot soup.

      Matt, the foreman greeted me, introducing the rest of the crew, Wilf an older gentleman

      with a very gruff appearance, Aleric a much younger, very well educated fellow, David, who was my age

      and the son of the boss. he was also my friend.

      We were only driving about 15 miles to a small village called Checkendon where the boss owned a small  woodland – around 20 acres of mixed hardwood planting.

      We arrived at the five bar entrance gate, the area looked like an over grown field.  Then driving down a small track, that stopped at an old rectangular concrete building with just a door, no windows. Everyone piled out, and headed for the building, inside were a selection of ‘v’ shaped planting spades, a bunch of ranging poles and a large pile of plastic bags with various bare root tree species inside.

      The plan this day was to complete a mixed hardwood woodland planting. The planting distances were 5ft row separations with 5 ft planting gaps.

       

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