Cornwall LivingIssue #129

Designed for life

Introducing Icon Landscaping, whose exquisitely designed, built and planted gardens create the perfect outdoor space for any home or business.

Icon Landscaping was established by Scott Murray in 2017. After six years of working in the industry across Cornwall in conjunction with other landscapers, Scott wanted to put his own stamp and design on projects, and so set up Icon Landscaping with a view to offering a high-end service and build. Projects begin with a range of designs shown as hand-drawn, CAD, 3D visual and full-scale drawings. Each and every design comes with suggested samples for your garden, brochures and a landscape guarantee. The Icon service doesn’t end there as they are able to create lighting design, outdoor rooms, cabins and wider planting schemes, undertaking both residential and commercial projects.

A recent residential project in Redruth saw an untidy and small garden transformed into a low-maintenance, large and beautiful space. Customer Kathy was delighted with the result, commenting: “I can’t recommend this local company enough. The space can now be used and enjoyed by all the family. The guys were reliable and very helpful and seemed to know exactly what I wanted, even making it better than I had predicted. A huge thanks to the team.” Similarly, Carol from Falmouth only had good words to say about her garden makeover: “They turned my very shabby, unutilised back ‘bit’ into an actual garden that I’m proud of – I can now invite friends outside without making excuses. He was helpful and gave me some good ideas of what would work well. I can’t emphasise enough what a difference this real garden will make.”

Icon Landscaping has just designed and secured the creation of the charitably-funded staff garden at Royal Cornwall Hospital, Treliske as Scott explains: “We were approached by Carl, the Estates Project Manager. We arranged a site visit and fell in love with the project. We always wanted to approach the hospital to offer something, but this was a dream come true for us. Having had to make some recent trips to the hospital with my wife meant this project was very close to my heart and I wanted to give it my all.”

For Icon this was one of the most challenging gardens they have designed to date: “Our normal designs are for private clients, not a hospital accessed by 1000s of people. In order to get the design just right, our first port of call was to speak to some of the NHS staff that we knew who worked in different departments, asking them what they would like to see in the garden and how it would make them feel to have a space like this. We then spent a considerable amount of time building their responses into the design of the space and drawing out ideas.”

The vision was to create a garden, where staff were able to sit down and relax whilst being both social or socially distanced. “I wanted it to be a garden that you could walk around, taking different routes and seeing something new at every turn, before finding a spot to sit and enjoy the garden,” says Scott. A mixture of materials was employed; clay pavers were used to create the paths which meander throughout the garden; hard standing patios complemented the paths and planting; and corrosion-resistant Corten metal was used create a bright orange background to
make the planting, paths and timber sing against the striking planting. As a nod to the hard and often difficult work that NHS staff have to endure, Icon included an area in the design where messages of inspiration and thanks from patients could be inscribed on to decorative metal panels.

The garden, which will be funded through a grant to Royal Cornwall Hospitals Charity from NHS Charities Together, has been designed as place where staff can relax while breathing deeply of restorative Cornish air: “The end result will be an area the staff can enjoy and switch off from their stressful environment, somewhere they look forward to going and spending time. We are both proud and honoured to be able to deliver this for such deserving people,” concludes Scott. As a charity funded project, money continues to be raised to enable more established planting and water features, with donations welcomed from other trades and suppliers.

To make a donation to the Royal Cornwall Hospital staff garden visit campaign/IconRCHGarden