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Downs 6thOct2016 30Building a new house was a chance to create my dream garden and Al his small team have given me exactly that. They have turned my sense of the effects I hoped for into beautiful lines, forms and textures, with meticulous imagination, professionalism and relentless hard work. We talked it through at every stage so that the whole process was a huge pleasure. I can’t thank him enough. 

Lindsey T, Bristol

March 2017


Al transformed our small Victorian garden. He carefully considered the different materials; their texture, colour, shape and size, and how they interact with each other, to create a beautiful space. Al’s craftsmanship was uncompromising in quality, as were the materials he sourced to work with. The garden feels more part of our home than it has ever done so. It is on three levels; each with a different purpose and interest, but seamlessly flowing into one another. The garden renovation met my high expectations but, as a professional, Al exceeded all expectations.

Leena O, Leamington Spa.
March 2015


PANO_Percy Terrace

Al from Smart Landscape Design took our small, typically Victorian courtyard and created an oasis of contemporary and stylish design which has given an otherwise ordinary Victorian home the ‘wow’ factor.  Using the very best materials and with an emphasis on craftsmanship they created a fabulous outdoor space perfect for entertaining.  All our requests were catered for within what was an exacting brief.  Al worked tirelessly to realise our dream of a modern, low maintenance and beautiful space, we couldn’t be happier. His work ethic, attention to detail and creative flare can be seen in every inch of the garden and we are more than happy to endorse their work.

Pip S, Leamington Spa
September 2013


I cannot praise Smart Landscape Design highly enough. From the very beginning I found Al Smart very approachable and straightforward; he listened to my ideas and was incredibly creative. I felt that we worked really collaboratively and I never felt pressured or rushed to make decisions. Their attention to detail was second to none – my back garden is on a slope and needed quite careful terracing. He worked incredibly hard. My garden is completely transformed and I am so proud! I would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Smart Landscape Design, and I can’t wait to get them back to tackle my front garden!

Liz I, Leamington Spa
November 2010


Having never owned a garden before, we did not know where to start when we bought our first property in 2009. We could not have chosen a better person to help us out than Al at Smart Landscape Design. Al really listened to what we wanted our garden to be and created a design that suited us, is sympathetic to the house, manageable (given our limited gardening knowledge and experience) and can evolve over time. It has been a joy to see the garden change and the design come to life. Al works very hard, is very professional and a good communicator; always talking through changes to the design and keeping us informed of the costs along the way. It has been great to work with someone whose standards and attention to detail match ours. Al has not only given us a garden to be proud of but has inspired us to be gardeners; our new hobby! We would not hesitate to recommend Smart Landscape Design to anyone.

Eve W, Wappenbury
May 2010


1_Steel_spiral_arbourHaving designed and delivered an excellent service to completely transform my garden I then approached Smart Landscape Design a few years later to come up with an idea for a ‘structure’ that would join parts of the garden/ provide a focal point from different viewpoints, as well as being viewed from above from my home office window .We did not want a solid structure because it is adjacent to a tree and we needed dappled shade/ sunlight. We also didn’t want something ‘off the peg’ ! He came up with an innovative, surprising but ideal design solution of stainless steel with a spiral/ spoke effect which is fantastic , greatly admired and fitted the brief. It is known as florence because I misremembered the snail’s name in Magic roundabout! It is very modern in concept but fits in perfectly with my garden planting which is loose and almost cottage garden. Al took a great deal of trouble to source how it could be constructed at a reasonable price but with quality finish – he succeeded.

Gerry S, Wirksworth
February 2008