1. Category Archive: Roger’s Diary

  1. Skate Search – Can You Help?

    Leave a Comment

    As most of you know, one of my dear friends is John Smart – Grandson of the world champion speed skater, James Smart. Well John is in the process of creating an archive about the Smart’s sporting history but needs some help with one particular area: It is believed that James trained on something called ‘Road Skates’ …Read More

  2. Ice to see you to see you Ice!

    Leave a Comment

    Yesterday saw one of the most beautiful frosts so far this Winter. Nothing was left untouched by Winter’s icy breath and not only was it stunning but it also meant that the ice was great for skating! During our lunch break we headed for the ice at Welney and met up with a handful of …Read More

  3. Roger’s Diary

    Leave a Comment

    Skating again possible!! The social commitment we have as a company goes right back to the 70’s when the present company was in it’s formative years. I enlisted Geoff Capes to open Welney’s newly purchased sports field and pavilion when I was chairman of the fundraising committee. From then on I was heavily involved with …Read More

  4. Roger’s Diary

    Leave a Comment

    Great Landscaping – Great Lunch! I visited one of our previous projects the other day – the Greyfriars Tower in Kings Lynn. This ancient site was a massively interesting project combining the thirteenth century tower of the Franciscan friary and the more modern Edwardian war memorial gardens. This project meant almost entirely re-building the historic …Read More

  5. Roger’s Diary

    Leave a Comment

    Turning negatives into positives can be valuable in these difficult times… Take what happened to us last year – appearing on WatchDog in January 2009 and then just four short months later,  winning Gold and Best in Category at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show! It all started with a little PR scheme of mine… We …Read More

  6. Roger’s Diary

    Leave a Comment

    An exciting but uncertain time… Well what an exciting time we have been having meeting the Royal Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall.  But now we are back to the serious work.  1 –We have to make sales in the private sector on the strength of the Evolution Garden success at Sandringham. On our …Read More

  7. Roger’s Diary – Commercial Sector

    Leave a Comment

    Keeping up with the Jones’s and busy Jane’s prolific blogging! My job as MD is to see the balance is kept between our private sector work and our very credible commercial Department. I used to be paranoid about keeping these two departments separate but when you look at it – what is the difference? For instance, the private …Read More

  8. Roger’s Diary Update…

    Leave a Comment

    Just a few things about this garden’s potential to be adapted to personal taste and cultures and developed for entertaining guests. The covered pergola in the corner could be replaced by a Bedouin tent, a North American sweat lodge or a Russian banya and many more variations. My son recently married a Russian girl and I …Read More

  9. Roger’s Diary

    Leave a Comment

    What a Team!!! Initially the Sandringham flower show committee had the confidence to ask us to design and build the showcase garden in the Royal Marquee. This is the garden that HRH The Prince of Wales visits on on his walk round of the show and is judged separately from the other show gardens on site. We also …Read More

  10. Roger’s Diary

    Leave a Comment

    Watering in these Difficult Times Many of us in this line of business get very distressed to see projects struggling in prolonged drought – where the only solution is to water and keep watering. But even watering can be full of hidden risks. Tree pits dug into clay can easily become sump holes when watered …Read More