Garden design

Garden & landscape design


High quality landscape construction

Specialists in natural stone

From reclaimed York stone to Italian porcelain, we’re paving the way!

Strata landscape construction and groundwork contractors



Strata has gained a wealth of knowledge over the last 12 years.

We strive to provide the highest level of service from concept to completion.

Please feel free to call to discuss your project.

A selection of our services

See all our services in the dropdown menu at the top of the page.

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Whether you’re planning a cottage garden or a contemporary oasis, compact urban garden or large country estate, we can help you to realise the potential of your outdoor space.

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We are equipped and experienced in all aspects of groundwork. From the initial setting out, through to excavation, steel reinforcement, concrete placement, retaining walls and drainage, all associated …

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We specialise in stone walling.
We relish the opportunity to build using Kentish Ragstone, Wealden Sandstone, Yorkstone, Purbeck, Indian sandstone walling.

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Reclaimed Granite, sawn York stone or hand-cut Sandstone, all are catered for. We are experienced in laying and pointing large areas of setts or cobbles, for areas such as courtyards, driveways and patios.

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Whilst serving a practical purpose, steps can also be a feature in their own right. Whether introduced as a feature or to blend in with the existing stonework style and look, steps can be both functional and attractive.

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These garden structures can be designed and built using timber or metal. Climbing plants can be trained up pergolas and gazebos to create shade and perfume.

We would be pleased to provide estimates for any of the following types of work:

  • Groundworks
    We are equipped and experienced in all aspects of groundwork. From the initial setting out, through to excavation, steel reinforcement, concrete placement, retaining walls and drainage. All associated groundwork is carried out in house.
  • Concrete works
    Steel reinforcement, formwork, concrete placement and finishing.
  • Equestrian groundworks and construction
    Including stable bases, muckheap bays, concrete pads, drainage.
  • Paving
    All forms of paving can be laid including natural stone, clay pavers, granite setts, porcelain and concrete block paving.
  • Brickwork
    All brickwork and blockwork undertaken, including retaining walls and decorative brickwork.
  • Stonewalling
    From Wealden sandstone to Kentish Ragstone all forms and styles of stone walling are carried out.
  • Decking
    We are approved installers for Millboard decking but all forms of decking can be installed, such as hardwoods, and thermally treated softwoods.
  • Fencing
    Fencing such as closeboard, post and rail and Durapost systems are all installed.
  • Excavations
    All excavation can be undertaken. We run our own excavator and can supply operated plant hire.
  • Driveways
    Whether its improving the kerb appeal of a property or creating more parking provision, we can help.
    From concrete block paving to granite setts and clay paviors all driveway surfaces are catered for.
  • Tree and hedge planting
    Specimen trees, instant hedging or bare root hedging plants can be planted to create screens, highlight boundaries or for focal points.
  • Lawns and turfing
    Laid in either locally grown natural turf or wildflower meadows, established from seed.
  • Steps
    Essential for level changes steps can be designed to be aesthetically pleasing and practical.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much will it cost to landscape my garden?

There’s no easy way to answer this one! The variables that affect the costs of landscaping are significant. Each project is estimated on an individual basis and all aspects such as access, specification and site conditions are considered.
A detailed, written estimate is provided for every job. 

How long will the landscaping take?

On average small to medium size town gardens take 4-6 weeks to completion. 

What is your lead time?

The lead time at any given time of year tends to be 3-4 months.

What is the outcome of the initial consultation?

We will equip our clients with the right information to embark on a garden or groundworks project. Understanding key areas, like budget, feasibility, access and design ideas. 

Customer Testimonials

Dear Rick, Just a quick note to say thank you so much for our amazing garden. We are over the moon with the finished product and have very much enjoyed watching its progression. Thank you for your patience when dealing with two novice gardeners! It has been a pleasure having you, Alex and Scott working here. Good luck with your future projects. Please feel free to contact us if you need any references. We are more than happy to show our garden off!

Gill & Andy, Tunbridge Wells

Hi Rick Thanks for finishing the patio today. Maggie and I are really pleased with the result. You've done a brilliant job and we wouldn't hesitate to recommend you to anyone who asks. We're more than happy to let any of you future potential customers to see what you have done so feel free to contact us if it would help.

John & Maggie, Rusthall

We used Rick at Strata to redesign and landscape the small front garden of our Edwardian house. The quality of his work is superb, he pays a real attention to detail. He also gave great design advice along the way which has really paid off. Thoroughly nice to work with too. Wouldn’t hesitate to recommend. Looking forward to the next, larger, project!

Mrs Lam, Tunbridge Wells

We had Rick design and build a new patio for us following a recommendation from a friend who has exacting standards. Rick was full of helpful suggestions and good ideas and came up with an excellent design. The project was completed with Rick's attention to detail and the result has exceeded our expectations.

Mr Hall, Crowborough

Hi Rick, once again many thanks for a great job. Moira and I are delighted with the work and outcome.

Brian & Moira, Mayfield

I commissioned Rick to do some work in my garden, not because of a recommendation, but because the window of my study overlooked the front gardens of two of my neighbours directly over the road from me…. And for roughly four weeks on a daily basis I witnessed the most phenomenal workers with an incredible work ethic. Rick and his helper changed what was without a doubt going to collapse onto the pavement as a heap of rubble!! Daily they would arrive on time, unpack what they had so neatly cleaned and stacked away the night before and started in on another day of manual work, measuring precisely every length, depth and height!! It was incredible to watch workmanship like that and by the end of the four weeks they had transformed my neighbours front gardens!!...... How could I not commission such a professional to transform my garden?!! I would recommend Rick Porter to anyone looking for a professional landscaping service.

Fiona Figenschou, Tunbridge Wells

Great installer of Millboard products.

Carl Markham