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Looking back on our time at Coblands Trade Show Open Days

Comments (0)Published by Louise Scott on July 2 2014 08:20 in Floristry | General | GRP Planters | Interior Design | Interior Landscaping | Landscape Architecture
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It’s been two weeks since the Coblands Trade Show finished and we’re getting back into the swing of things at Livingreen Design. We met a large number of excited garden designers and landscapers who loved our products; and the rides around the nursery in golf buggies. It was a wonderful opportunity to listen to our potential customers and find out what they really need from a planter supplier and the limitless potential that our planters can bring to their designs. It was a highly enjoyable experience which provided us with space to promote our planters in the south of England; for those that couldn’t make it to our showroom in Edinburgh to see our new ranges. We hope that everyone loved having a sneak peek at our new planters (that we are going to be launching very soon) as much as we enjoyed presenting our work. Finally, a big thank you to everyone that came to visit us and also to Coblands Nurseries for having us at their Tonbridge Nursery. Watch this space for our new ranges.



Above: Half of our stand at the Trade Show


Above:Priory planters enjoying the sun at Coblands Nursery in Tonbridge



Above: Display at Coblands Nursery in Tonbridge



Above: [Left] Day Planters and [Right] Stack Planters

Bespoke Planting Beds Created For The Hertfordshire Garden - The SGD Grand Award Winner 2014

Comments (0)Published by Louise Scott on January 31 2014 09:14 in Floristry | General | GRP Planters | Interior Design | Interior Landscaping | Landscape Architecture
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Everyone at Livingreen Design are ecstatic that our customers are once again winners of a prestigious award, with a scheme that incorporates bespoke advanced composite planters in our incredible Corten Steel (rust) finish.


Designers the Wilson McWilliam Studio were Awarded Large Residential Garden, People’s Choice (Homes & Gardens magazine) and the Grand Award for their Hertfordshire Garden at the Society of Garden Designers Awards on January 24th. It’s a brilliant result for a truly fantastic design; one superbly executed by Landscape contractors, Kings Landscapes.


Livingreen’s involvement started back in April 2011 when we were asked by Kings to look at some designs for innovative large planting beds 5.5m long x 2m wide combining areas for growing vegetables with large tree pits. Originally specified in actual Corten steel, it had been realised that our composite Rust or Corten Steel finish was indistinguishable from the real thing but offered huge advantages in weight saving and, not least, price.


Taking the designers concept, we produced full construction drawings using CAD and manufactured bespoke units that although made in one piece actually contained 3 separate planting chambers, two with low floors for the vegetable growing areas and a central one with no floor for the large specimen trees which could then root down directly into the soil below.


Production and delivery were all achieved within the timescale and budget and the end result, exactly what the designers had envisaged but at a significant saving to the client and with absolutely no compromise on appearance.


Here’s what the judges said:

 "A contemporary design has been layered with the historic landscape to create an exciting and serene composition. The whole garden is beautifully done and gives a feeling of space and cohesion. Introduced, native and naturalised species have been combined to develop exciting and challenging planting combinations which are displayed in a wide variety of contexts from fantastic borders to ecologically-driven wetlands. Architectural elements such as screens, hard landscape terraces and the entrance driveway have been designed with great skill and to be in scale with the house and surrounding landscape.  It is a garden full of surprises."


Once again, we would offer our own congratulations to all involved.


If you have need for bespoke planters of any size or description then please contact Livingreen Design on 0131 440 9804 or email We are experts at taking design concepts through to manufactured products and have over 25 years experience of working with landscape architects and garden designers. Our planters are used widely throughout the UK and Europe and are specified by many of the world’s largest corporations.



Above: Our Rust Finished Bespoke Planting Beds

Above: The Hertfordshire Garden 




Above: Bespoke planting beds within the Hertfordshire Garden (© Jane Duncan Architects)




Above: Technical drawing of bespoke planting beds (left) and The Hertfordshire Garden



Above: The Hertfordshire Garden

Contact details below for all involved in this project


Wilson McWilliam Studio

tel: +44 (0)20 3002 6601


Kings Landscapes

tel: +44 (0)1908 585220