The Company of Landscapers
Alan Dodge has been connected with the land for most of his life. Born and bred on a dairy farm in Dorset he grew up learning practical skill as second nature. Educated in engineering he started his working life in London working in the sand and gravel industry until 1987 when the “great storm” devastated the South East. Helping clear and then repair the damage he reverted to the land and the gardens of South West London.
In the early 90’s he took over the Company of Landscapers in Sherborne at what might be considered to be the advent of our renewed appreciation of gardens in this country and the benefits they bring.
10 years based in Sherborne saw the business grow to 15 employees designing and building gardens across the South West. A tribute to the energy and enthusiasm of all concerned several British Landscape Industries Awards were achieved and we are particularly proud of the Paddock Gardens in Sherborne which was built in partnership with Sherborne Town Council.
Older, and possibly wiser now, he still has a passion for the land and the ideas and possibilities clients have for their outside living. His designs range from enhancing a corner of an existing garden, a low maintenance contemporary solution to a difficult sloping garden, a classical formal pond to the Great Abbotsbury Swan Maze.
Having built many gardens himself Alan is perfectly placed to assess practical aspects of any concept before hanging up his hard hat and picking up his compass and scale rule at the drawing board.
The Company of Landscapers have a number of other designers who work alongside Alan and their specialist knowledge and experience can be called upon at any time, particularly where planting is concerned. The planning and selection of suitable trees, shrubs and herbaceous perennials for any scheme is as important as the interior design of a house and probably more complex given the variables of seasonality, soil type, aspect and of course the huge range of species and varieties available.
The Company of Landscapers employ a small team of experienced and skilled craftsmen who can implement designs. They have accumulated many resources over the years and of course are directed and managed by the design team.