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We are delighted to have won a BALI National Award for maintaining gardens at Clarks Village

Tony Benger Landscaping was engaged to manage the landscaped grounds around the Clarks Village Designer Shopping Outlet in Street, Somerset, commencing March 2014. The stated aim to create a less municipal planting scheme and create a welcoming village feel.

The first two years were offered on an annual basis only - however the client is so impressed with our work and the improvements we have made that we have been asked to enter into a three year contract - this will help deliver continuity and further upgrading of the landscaping.

Our work on the site has just been judged by leading professionals in the industry and we have won this prestigious award for 2016.

The first year of the contract was focused on basic improvements such as upgrading areas of planting and removing the many plastic containers of bedding. These were replaced with terracotta and lead-effect planters and troughs with more sustainable planting. Tired box cones have been reinvigorated and we continue to improve the shape of these.

The second year of the contract has allowed us to focus on more creative projects. In two key positions on the site we were asked to create ‘Pause Points’, so we had fabricated large bowls made to our own specifications - planted with structural planting this lends a slightly more contemporary touch to the village.

The site comes with some unique challenges such as the Christmas tree bed located in a key area of the site, which has 200mm of top soil on a concrete base. All the plants have to be removed every year so a large Christmas tree and festive display can be erected. Through careful maintenance and sympathetic planting this bed is a key area of the site which must, and does, look good throughout the year.

A constant challenge of the site is the almost ever present public in their thousands with associated health and safety issues and very limited vehicle access. 3.7 million visitors pass through the site each year with associated wear and tear on the landscaping. We have to keep the site looking fresh and healthy at all times.

The scope of the work includes lawn maintenance (a huge challenge with such a footfall), maintaining the numerous planters around the site including provision of seasonal planting, the supply and maintenance of 120 hanging baskets and the maintenance of all planted areas including their gradual replacement or upgrading. Various ecologically beneficial features have been added during the time of our maintenance such as the bird tables and nesting boxes.

The site is rare amongst such centres in having many mature trees of historic and aesthetic significance. These, and the surrounding planting, create a particularly pleasant shopping environment. The aim is to retain shopper’s interest and time on site as well as creating a family friendly atmosphere and promoting repeat visits.

This successful retail site relies on frequently offering something new to shoppers and as well as new brands offered in new shops, this means constantly seeking to improve the gardens of the site. In one instance changing the landscaping of one section of the site, removing the original wall of municipal planting and replacing it with roses, grasses, bulbs and other more colourful planting led to an increased footfall of over 100% to the adjacent shop. This indicates how important the correct landscaping and good continuing maintenance is.

The site has come a long way since our first pre-contract meeting. With the support of the management team at Clarks village we look forward to not only maintaining the site to the highest standard but developing it further through exciting projects over the next three years.

The 3 guys you sent out doing tree work for us were fantastic.
They were polite caring and careful.
If all people were like that the world would be a better place.

- Anonymous

My first task (even before I pour myself a glass of wine!) is to say thank
you, the garden just looks so wonderful. Completely thrilled this end and I
am going to devote my summer to nurturing all the little treasures (well not
really, the gardener may be best at that).
Thank you so much.

- Chris

Thank you so much for organising this - it really is a super job and you were
absolutely right about Nick being the perfect person to do it.
It was a pleasure to deal with him - nothing was too much trouble.
And the workmanship in the raised beds is impressive.
To say I'm pleased is an understatement. Without doubt [my husband] would be delighted that you have looked after me so well.
Very many thanks again

- Dee

We would just like to say that we are very pleased with how the garden has turned out and look forward
to seeing it develop over the forthcoming years. Thank you to you and all your staff.
Many thanks

- Jenny & Tony

Just wanted to say a big thank you for the work today.
The lads were excellent and very polite, a credit to your firm to be fair.

- Richard

We just wanted to drop you a line to thank you for our lovely new back garden - please pass on our thanks to Tony & Fabian too. We absolutely love it and christened it the first weekend with a bbq!

- Katherine

Thank you and all your men for the amazing job you did for me today.
It was such a pleasure to have such nice young men working for me.
They never stopped & no bad language - just politeness. I am very impressed. The work is exactly what I wanted.
Thank you again.

- Janice

I just wanted to thank you and your team for hosting me on Friday, they are a great bunch of guys and were really friendly.
I can now tell you that the area I am researching is the level of awareness within the industry of root flare depth.
I was really pleased to find that you and your team are fully aware of the importance of planting at the right depth so that’s great and please keep doing that!
Your guys seemed very conscientious and to genuinely care about the trees they look after and your nursery was doing its job right too.

- Leonie

I am so delighted with the work. Jerry was absolutely the right guy. And the various other lads have been great as well. And I am so glad Penny suggested the grass! I am looking forward to seeing the plants settle in and grow. Lovely!

- Hilary

I am very pleased indeed with the finished deck and think that it will be a real enhancement to summer living [here]. Thank you to the whole team who were wonderful.

Many thanks

- Kate

Thank you so very much - you have made us all so happy - we haven't sat in the house since you finished the garden!

- Eve, Geoff, Rebecca & Will

We would like to say how much we appreciate the work done by Richard and Tom on what has been a very challenging project.

There were both a pleasure to interact with and they left the garden surrounds better than they found them.

They are both clean and methodical workers with a good knowledge of their trade.

Their work gives us so much more usable space on a site that has very steep access.

We would welcome them back for any future work

- John and Geraldine

I want to say how pleased I am with everything so far. Gerry and his landscape guys are brilliant, and so is Dave. Their care and professionalism is terrific. I am so impressed!

Thanks a lot

- Hilary

Just wanted to say thank you to the two guys who laid out turf yesterday. Really pleased with he outcome - a first class job!

- Alan & Sandra

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the workers for their time and patience on the job - which was at times quite taxing. Dan, Tony and the other two lads were always professional and hard working often staying long hours to finish a phase of the job. They never ‘slacked’ and I at no time felt the need to check up on them. Really dedicated, cheerful and hardworking.

Carl who oversaw all the works obviously from start to finish was second to none. Seemed to care so much about the job would come with ideas the next day after having worked late the day before- popped round whenever we had concerns - without hesitation. He showed such patience and understanding throughout.

I would definitely use Tony Benger Landscaping if we do further works and am recommending the whole team whenever the topic arises!

- Richard & Miranda

Your chaps were so good and worked really hard to get the job done with no access, fierce dogs and even fiercer weather. And more to the point, they made no mess at all. Brilliant.

Bengers are the best!

- Anthea

Your team has just completed some remedial work on the drainage to our back garden and we would like to record our thanks for the excellent job Tony and Fabian have done over the last 3 days. It's lovely to see the garden looking tip-top again and we are delighted with the new patio and turfing.

- Jean and Christine

I wanted to say thank you so much for all your input with the garden problems, your lovely guys have worked so hard today and have completed a grand job, they were a pleasure to meet and great credit to your company. Many thanks and Happy Christmas

- Maureen

We recently had our turf re-laid by your team, who were awesome!

- Anonymous

I’d like to thank you and your team for the work that they’ve done on our rear garden. All of the men worked constantly over the four days and did a professional job.

- Steve

I would like to thank you and your team for a wonderful job. I can now enjoy my garden with my husband and family.

- Christine

I am very pleased with the end result of all the work undertaken and would reiterate how polite and helpful all of the men were, working a lot of the time in foul weather conditions. They were a credit to Tony Benger Landscaping and Bailhache

- Biles

“I also wanted to let you know that the look of the Orleigh Cross estate has improved hugely since Bengers won back the garden maintenance: it all looks altogether tidier and healthier.”

- Anonymous

I just wanted to say what a great job Dave and his team did last week on the wild flower banks. It's good to give praise and perhaps you'll pass this on to him

Don't put our prices up though!

- Sue

We are delighted with the garden!

It looks fantastic and has given Mum a noticeable boost.

Please pass on my thanks to your team & especially to Penny.

- Mike