Great Spaces

Ian set up, grew and managed this award winning garden design and installation business. At the start, you could find Ian wheelbarrowing gravel to help with the garden installations – he is very hands on! The business went on to win some prestigious awards and work with major household names to offer garden design & installation services.

The innovative concept behind Great Spaces was to be able to buy a designer garden for your newly built home, through the housebuilder, in a way that was as easy as choosing a new carpet. Different garden style templates were created – such as a Wildlife or Entertaining style garden – and these could be adapted for any specific plot that came with your new home. Prices, like carpet, were done by the square metre to make it really simple. We also licensed the brand and name onto other products, with a Great Spaces energy efficient electric patio heater for sale through major DIY superstores at one point!

In just the second year of operations Great Spaces was awarded a Silver medal for Garden Design Company of the Year at the Daily Express/National House Building Council annual awards ceremony. The company also won a Silver medal for a show garden at RHS Royal Hampton Court Palace Flower Show (see The Bottom Drawer page for photos) and worked with leading companies including Mastercard, Argos Additions Catalogue and Heinz Soups providing garden makeovers as prizes in national competitions, as well as several major UK house builders to offer garden packages, priced by the square metre, to new house purchasers.