Landscaping projects in Cambridge


Millboard decking - Cambridge Project

Porcelain patio & Millboard decking completed with new lawn and flower beds

Emerald landscapes took on and created a stunning little residential project just outside of Cambridge and used various landscaping methods to bring our happy clients garden to life. 

Cambridge Project: Patio 

Part of the initial garden design meeting is to offer our expert ideas and combine them with our clients concepts, in this case they wanted to incorporate some height change. 

To create this aspect we installed a raised composite decking area built using one of the market leading composite decking supplier Millboard. The built in LED lighting and curved fascias really showcase this beautiful project and offer a change in surface within the design. 

The main patio area was constructed using high end porcelain tiles from London stone. 

Within the brief our client asked for a link to a secondary paving area which is a little sun trap down the bottom of their garden, a sweeping path now leads the way. 

Turf is an integral part of a British garden that provides multiple different uses all year round, we stripped out the old, patchy, moss covered lawn and laid new turf ready to be enjoyed.

Oak raised flower beds tied the rest of the project in by running down either side of the remaining fence line, once planted this spring they will offer that stunning burst of colour and fragrant smell whilst in their newly transformed outdoor space. 

Our experienced landscaping team at Emerald landscapes started the project by excavating the whole garden to determine the correct levels.

We put up string lines and used the laser level to calculate all the aspects of the project.

As part of our service we expertly survey the land to ensure the subsoil is firm enough to complete our project at the highest standards. 

The next phase of constructing the landscaping project is to cart in and compact a substrate base for the patio area that will create the foundation for our porcelain tiles. 

The porcelain tiles are laid on a full mortar bed with an SBR slurry mix painted on the back of each tile for greater cohesion, these were then laid in a stretcher bond pattern.

Carpentry is the next element of the build, a fabricated sub-frame built from tanalised treated timber concreted into the ground for stability. 

This base allows us to carefully and delicately fix the Millboard decking to the frame and fit the bullnose edging strips to finish.

To fix the 600mm high ( 3 sleeper ) Oak raised beds we had to concrete internal posts to allow us to lay each sleeper on its side and fill the beds with good quality top soil and soil improver ready to be planted and brought to life. 

Cambridge Project: Patio

Clearance & Preparation

  • Remove old brick retaining wall
  • Clear all overgrown vegetation and trees
  • Take all waste off site

Closeboard Fence 

  • Concrete 100×100 posts into the ground at the depth of approx 750mm
  • Distance between the posts should not exceed 3m
  • Rails fixed horizontally across the face of the posts. ( 2 rails used upt to 1.2m fence and 3 rails used on 1.8m fence)
  • Gravel boards fixed at the bottom to prevent feather boards from rotting
  • Nail/Screw feather board panels to the rails

Sleeper retaining wall

  • Pour concrete footing for new sleeper retaining wall
  • Lay 200×100 sleepers on footing fixed together


  • Break out old decking and concrete pad below
  • Cart in 100mm of new MOT type 1 sub-base and compact
  • Lay paving stretcher bond pattern 
  • Point using FastPoint 


  • Cart in 100mm of new top soil 
  • Grade and level
  • Lay turf rolls and compact with scaffold boards

Porcelain patio & Millboard decking completed with new lawn and flower beds

Multi aspect landscaping project showing how important an outside space is, it accounts for 1/3rd of your property and makes your house a home. 

Emerald Landscapes are experts in the field of Landscaping, in the Cambridgeshire area,  get in touch today to find out more on how we can rejuvenate your garden.

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