The key behind any landscape project is in the interpretation of the client’s needs
An initial meeting with them enables us to get a sense of the place and our design questionnaire forms the basis for further discussion.
Every design needs to be based on an accurate survey, which will be carried out by Prêt à Planter ltd or our professional surveying company, depending on the size and complexity of the site. It is the template for every design and its importance cannot be understated.
Based on the information gained from meeting with the client, the survey and site analysis, we develop conceptual proposals for discussion and further development.
Following discussions and further development of the design, we draw a masterplan.
This drawing will form the basis for fixing a budget for the project. Detailed construction drawings and planting plans can also be provided if necessary.
We can provide a fixed price based on our design and Prêt à Planter’s high standards are reflected through to the construction of the garden and its maintenance. Any additional requirements can be sourced through our extensive chain of suppliers and contractors.
The construction of the garden relates to the Hard-landscaping elements such as walling, paving and decking. It is the hard-landscaping element that links the architecture of the house or building to the garden and we look to use high quality materials which will be sympathetic to their surroundings. To achieve the desired result the environment is often completely destroyed before being restored to create the backbone of the garden.
We can construct beautiful gardens and landscapes within both the domestic and commercial sector from our own designs or from pre-existing plans. Prêt à Planter ltd
have built a variety of challenging and exciting schemes for garden designers, developers and landscape architects.
We offer a full project management service from initial site set up, material sourcing and samples, through to completion, ensuring the process is hassle free.
"The most enjoyable and satisfying part of any project is when it comes to the planting".
Prêt à Planter has the experience and knowledge to create planting plans using site details such as soil conditions, sun or shade and client preference on colour and form.
If plans are not required we base the planting on a number of plants per square metre; for example five perennials per square metre will provide a full effect within the first season or two. This can be a cost effective way without the requirement for detailed planting plans.
We can source a wide range of stock directly from British nurseries or direct from Europe. We can hand select the plants from perennials, shrubs and trees to large specimens for that ‘Wow’ factor.
Once construction and planting is complete on a project we can remain as advisors to steer its growth into maturity. We can provide day to day advice for keeping your garden looking great, as well as suggesting ongoing development of your garden if required.
If you wish we can offer a complete garden and management service. Our fully comprehensive service includes everything from lawn cutting and care, tree surgery, to weeding and hedge cutting.
Our service is flexible, allowing you to vary the frequency of maintenance visits throughout the year.
Prêt à Planter are well known for working with property developers such as Croft Homes who have been creating luxury new homes for over 25 years. Much of our work with property developers will seek to enhance the value of their developments and we have extensive experience within some of Surrey’s most prestigious estates including Burwood Park, Wentworth estate and St George’s Hill.
We also work closely with architects who need specialist garden design expertise for high value new homes that they will be designing for their clients. With the nature of such projects we can liase with local authorities and tree officers and apply for any necessary permissions.
Prêt à Planter ltd can source a wide range of high quality furniture, sculpture and features to provide those finishing touches in the garden.
We can also provide bespoke trellis panels, gates and planters in a range of colours that would enhance the gardens and outdoor spaces of people who appreciate attention to detail.
Prêt à Planter ltd have always believed that once you step out your back door we can supply all your needs. We have built up close relationships with installers of tennis courts, swimming pools and even swimming ponds. Our tree surgeons are highly skilled and are adept at even the most complicated of operations.
Lighting has become more prevalent in garden design and has become a key element in most projects. Lighting can illuminate feature planting, trees, steps and paths; enabling you to enjoy it throughout the year. It will show a different “side” to your garden.
We can work with our lighting contractor to ensure your new garden is subtle and does not look like ‘Blackpool.’
Irrigation – On a number of landscape schemes we install irrigation for both planted areas as well as lawns. With new schemes and the establishment of thousands of pounds worth of plants this can be invaluable. New systems can also be designed to capture and recycle rainwater and grey water from the house.
Prêt à Planter
Prêt à Planter ltd was founded in 2005 in Godalming, Surrey.
University friends, Charles and Matthew believed in creating a company specialising in high quality landscaping and horticultural expertise.
The key behind any landscape project whether it is a small town garden or a large country estate is in the interpretation of the client’s needs, from our response to a place and to its environment as well as the relationship with the surrounding architecture. This will interpret the future project.
Prêt à Planter ltd's philosophy is to create gardens that reflect the past but are continually evolving to reflect new ideas and to deal with new challenges.
Our high standards in design are reflected through to the implementation of the garden. After the project is finished, we can offer complete garden management services according to a client's needs.
We promote the conception of unique gardens throughout the Home Counties, London and Europe demonstrating HORTICULTURAL knowledge, CREATIVITY, SIMPLICITY and ATTENTION TO DETAIL.
"Your Garden, Our Responsibility"
Charles de Chimay
Brought up in France and Belgium, Charles has a BA in Garden Design, and has studied for his Diploma in Landscape Architecture. He also studied Art and Architecture in The Prince of Wales Institute of Architecture.
Charles has been involved extensively in different practices in Europe and America, such as Francois Goffinet Ltd, where he experienced the Art of Landscaping.
Charles has worked as an integral part of the design team at Charles Funke Associates for 4 years; projects including private and commercial developments until 2005 where he decided to start Prêt à Planter ltd with Matthew.
Matthew has a degree in Garden Design and has the training and expertise of one of the world's leading horticultural establishments, that of the Royal horticultural Society, Wisley where he spent a year studying.
After 5 years working for a leading garden design practice Matthew left and set up
Prêt à Planter ltd with university friend Charles in 2005.
Matthew has extensive experience in managing and delivering high quality finished gardens; his works included some of Surrey's most prestigious private gardens on estates including Burwood Park, Wentworth and St George's Hill.