Soft landscape works begin at Royal Bournemouth Hospital

Fulfilling a 15-week soft landscape delivery and a 24-month maintenance programme, the Goddards Landscape teams will be active on site at Royal Bournemouth Hospital from May 2024.  The soft landscape works package forms part of the IHP joint venture between Sir Robert McAlpine and Vinci Construction.

Soft landscape delivery

Placing topsoil and subsoil, supplying and planting multi-stem trees and specimen shrubs, and mulching, the landscape will create a welcoming swathe of natural planting around the new Main Entrance (MEA) and Emergency Centre (WCEC).

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Image courtesy of University Hospital Dorset


The Beach Building

Part of the £250 million shake-up of healthcare provisions in East Dorset, the main entrance to the Royal Bournemouth Hospital has been demolished to make way for the new building. Part of the new building, called The Beach, the main entrance and emergency centre will see the switch of the Accident and Emergency Unit from Poole to Bournemouth.

The development represents the largest health service investment in Dorset for more than 30 years.  Both sites will be open in 2024.


Returning to Wembley Park: Ground and podium soft landscapes

Extending the soft landscape collaboration at Wembley Park, Goddards will be returning to the North East Lands this May. This first phase (NE02 & 03), awarded by John Sisk and Sons Limited, will see the delivery and planting of large trees from 40-45cm to 65-70cm girth, plus large multi-stems throughout the design.

Our previous collaboration with Sisk saw the completion of our 2021 BALI Award winning podium landscape at Canada Gardens.

Soft Landscape Wembley Park Canada Gardens

The Goddards team on site on award-winning Canada Gardens podium landscape: Wembley Park in 2021

Two podium landscapes

As well as the ground level landscape, we will be constructing two podium gardens within this scheme.  Across the planting plan, we will be supply and planting herbaceous, grasses, shrubs and wildflower turf, as well as reinforced grass and aquatics.

  • Trees: planting semi-mature trees up to 65-70cm girth
  • Plants: Herbaceous, shrubs, grasses
  • Softscape: Wildflower turf, reinforced grass, aquatics

These works will be completed by April 2025.


Landscape Chessington: Jungle-themed planting at Jumanji

In 2023, Goddards were engaged by The Merlin Group to help develop a soft landscape scheme for a brand new experience at their Chessington World of Adventure site. Following the landscape design and development, we were appointed to supply and plant the stock.  Completing the surrounding jungle landscape, Jumanji came to life in time for maximum half-term enjoyment.

Bamboos and striking specimens

The scheme featured a number of specimen bamboos in 200 litre pots at 8-9m tall and over 50 in 70 litre pots at 3-4m tall. Interspersed for colour, form and interest were Cordylines, Trachycarpus and Phormiums as well as a selection of semi-mature Eucalyptus and Paulownia trees. These specimens were then underplanted with 20 litre grasses as well as visually stunning Choisya, Cordyline, Phormium, Rhus and 5-10 litre groundcover stock to carpet the “jungle” floor.

With the testing of the ride and other contractor works creating a tight programme as we headed for completion, our grounds teams could often only start works at 4pm, continuing to work into the early hours using task lighting – so huge gratitude to the patience and diligence of the teams involved.

Looking more than impressive as the ride opened, as the planting has continued to establish, it continues to fill out and impress as it matures.


Landscape and waterscape in unison

A blend of wildflower seeding, tree planting and ornamental shrubs creates this glorious array of colour across this rural estate in Berkshire.

Alongside a small housing development, the landscape design on the approach to the estate included a sympathetically landscape pond. With pinpoint communication from the earliest stage and throughout, the in-house and on-site teams liaised with the client to ensure this stunning waterside landscape came to its beautiful, professional conclusion.

Client satisfaction at every stage

The surrounding landscape included wildflower seeding and the planting of indigenous trees, accompanied by hedging and ornamental shrub planting as well as turf to the front and rear of plots. The Goddards soft landscaping team undertook the project from plant and tree sourcing to completion, managing an unpredictable programme period and maintaining close supervision of the schedule to ensure the client was satisfied at every stage.


New Qualifications across the Goddards team

Goddards vans in yard

Demonstrating fantastic commitment to personal development, a number of the Goddards team members have achieved technical and operational qualifications this quarter.

Commending their hard work and ongoing professional development, we would like to congratulate:

  • Ashley Clarke: NVQ3 in Occupational Work Supervision (Construction)
  • James Kerr: NVQ 3 in Construction Contracting Operations (General)
  • William Goddard: NVQ 6 in Construction Contracting Operations (Management)

A number of our supervisory and operative teams will also be undergoing and completing their PA1 and PA6 pesticide and CPCS plant operating training over the forthcoming weeks, so we wish them all the best in these programmes too.

Careers at Goddards

Goddards Landscape Contractors have an ongoing programme of Continuous Professional Development for all their employees. Should you be interested in a career with a well-established reputable landscape contractor, active in creating soft landscapes across the South East of England, please make sure you regularly visit our Careers at Goddards page for the latest opportunities to join us here in Farnham.


New Joiners and Promotions!

Ashley Clarke has been promoted to Contract Supervisor – a long-time employee who has risen through the ranks and who leads using his wealth of experience on our (mainly) London sites. In these locations we install gardens on rooftop podiums and high-level terraces which not only enhance public enjoyment of open spaces but also bring great benefit to the environment.

James Kerr has recently joined the company as Contract Supervisor from a well-respected competitor and directs our teams on site, liaising with site management and suppliers to ensure that we produce the best product with quality at its heart.

Brian Wong has joined the company as Administration Manager and is responsible for our Quality Assurance and Health and Safety systems, collating information for and submitting pre-qualification questionnaires and is our IT co-ordinator too!

Megan Smart has joined the company as Junior Office Administrator – this is her first office role since leaving full time education. She’s picking up new skills all the time and is always looking to take on more!


Knights Quarter, Winchester

Our Knights Quarter site in Winchester, a Berkeley Homes (Southern) Development, has recently seen our team complete the planting on their Podium and some updates to their Romsey Road entrance – thank you to Dan, our Team Leader (pictured), and his team for all their hard work.

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Mental Health First Aider

Our industry’s professional body, BALI (British Association of Landscape Industries), asked every associative member to pledge to have one trained Mental Health First Aider in every team by 2023.

We at Goddards (Landscape Contractors) Ltd are pleased to say we have fulfilled this pledge and our Gemma Straker has taken part in an approved EDP training course and is now a Certified Mental Health First Aider.

Gemma is ready to offer her newly acquired assist skills to work colleagues and will work towards changing the stigma that surrounds Mental Health.

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New Year – New Training Provider

Having identified a few areas where refresher training was required our Construction & Maintenance teams returned from the Christmas break and undertook 2 days training at CISTC (Crondall). They undertook, and passed, the following: Manual Handling Awareness Training Course, the Cat and Genny (detection and avoidance of services) Training Course and a bespoke Slinging and Lifting Course based around the safe offloading, moving and placement of large trees.

Positive feedback about the course, the tutors and venue too so, all in all, a great success.




BALI Awards 2021

Last Friday we headed to JW Marriott Grosvenor House, London for the British Association of Landscape Industries 2021 Award Ceremony where we were awarded the Principle Award for Roof Gardens/Living Wall Installations Commercial Roof Garden or Podium Landscaping Under £500K.

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We would never have been able to do this without the amazing team that we have at Goddards (Landscape Contractors) Ltd, and our ever supportive supply chain and Quintain Limited ,  PRP LLPJohn Sisk & Son Ltd