Soft green touch on a new development

The new development of individually styled period houses was softened into the environment by the judicious installation of evergreen Elveden Instant Hedge.

Common Laurel (Prunus laurocerasus ‘Rotundifloia’) was chosen for its soft, pale green, fresh look and its even, vigorous growth that provides a year round hedge which reliably screens any new build project. Common Yew (Taxus baccata) was used on the front boundary to add a touch of classic evergreen maturity and sense of time to the development.

Elveden Instant Hedge wins new developer client

Practicality Brown were chosen to supply Elveden Instant Hedge for a high quality new home development in Winchester, Hampshire.

The project required:

  • A total of 180m of hedge
  • 136m Hornbeam (Carpinus betulus)
  • 30m of Common Laurel (Prunus laurocerasus) and
  • 14m Privet (Ligustrum ovalifolium).

Once again, the introduction of Elveden Instant Hedge truly added immediate impact and maturity to this brand new development.

Formal Private Garden, Buckinghamshire

A client with a Grade II listed manor house in Buckinghamshire appointed garden designer Caroline Davy, who created a beautiful formal garden.

Practicality Brown Ltd supplied and planted specimen trees, topiary and instant hedging, after winning a competitive tender. Planting included elegant Hornbeam Square Columns, taxus pyramids and a line of Box head Hornbeam trees (Carpinus betulus).

New Build Tree & Hedge Planting Project

The client had built a spectacular new country home in East midlands on former pasture land and The Landscape Practice, based in York, designed the scheme. Practicality Brown won this project on a competitive tender basis; sourcing, supplying and planting 132 trees and 190 metres of Elveden Instant Hedge, together with an associated aftercare programme. This was an Read more

Topiary Garden Design and Build

Elegant Topiary Garden

Practicality Brown were commissioned to design and build an elegant topiary garden around the client’s rotunda in a private garden in Kent. We supplied and planted 24 semi mature trees, Instant Hedge and Specimen Topiary; the project required a high level of in-house project management and coordination with other trades on site and the entire design and build programme, from start to handover, was just eight weeks.

Satisfying Developers
Satisfying Developers

Satisfying Developers

Practicality Brown Ltd was approached by a regular developer client to carry out tree clearance on a newly acquired site prior to re-development. The programme included felling, processing and removing over 175 trees in a two day condensed contract, some of which had a girth exceeding 3m; our extensive range of machinery, trained and experienced operatives enabled the completion of this project, like many others, to time, budget and in accordance with the most stringent compliance measures.

Our tree clearance division operates UK wide, offering a fast and efficient service with a large fleet of no-burn tree clearance equipment, for any site clearance project in a range of environments on both brown field and green field sites.

tree moving
Tree moving at Buckinghamshire Golf Club

Tree Moving

On very cold January day, we worked together with the course manager Simon Graham and his groundsman and our 1.6 metre tree spade machine.

As at many golf courses, this prestigious club has several planted copses that can be used to redesign the course as various stages.  Suitable specimen trees were selected from one of these areas of densely planted trees on the golf course and then transplanted to carefully planned and marked out positions on the seventh and eleventh fairways. The trees required guying systems and carefully watering for two years, after which they will be fully established.


Beech hedge
Beech Instant Hedge providing maturity on a new development

Beech Instant Hedge providing maturity on a new development

A new build development in Gloucestershire gained immediate maturity by the installation of Elveden Instant Hedge; we supplied and installed 36 metres Beech Instant Hedge for a construction company at Cirencester, Gloucestershire.

Compared to a traditional size hedge transplants, our unique Elveden Instant Hedge products provides immediate maturity.  Beech is good hedge for year round seasonally variable interest; it holds onto its bronze autumnal leaves well throughout winter, thereby providing adequate winter screening, despite being deciduous, in the spring the leaves emerge a bright glossy green.  It is a very traditional English hedge and remains one of our best sellers.

Sensitive Vegetation Clearance

Sensitive Vegetation Clearance

Practicality Brown worked on the £380m road building project on the A46 Newark, over a number of months.

Some of the clearance included ecologically sensitive work such as stump grubbing in Great Crested Newt habitat. We worked closely with
main contractor Balfour Beatty Plc and ecologists from Scott Wilson to carry out the works thoughtfully using the right equipment at the right time.

Luton Dunstable Busway
Luton Dunstable Busway – Vegetation Clearance

Luton Dunstable Busway – Vegetation Clearance

Practicality Brown carried out a vegetation clearance programme on the Luton Dunstable busway for main contractor, Bam Nuttall on behalf of Luton Borough Council. The site was a 12km section of disused railway comprising of both trees and scrub, running adjacent to live roads and railway from the centre of Dunstable to the opposite side of Luton. Traffic and Pedestrian Management was necessary in order to clear vegetation from the nine rail over bridges along the route, all of which intersect with busy live roads. The scheme provides a state of the art guided bus connection between Luton and Dunstable.

The contract had various constraints, including a condensed programme. As well as mechanised vegetation clearance, we provided ecology advice and sensitive management with Badgers, Bats, Slow Worms, Nesting Birds and important Flora.