East Sussex Landscaping Projects

ESSE Landscapes have completed a wide range of projects throughout East Sussex. Below we feature a very small selection of these.

A 2018 BALI award winning garden in Uckfield

Construction: ESSE Landscapes, Design: Amanda Patton MSGD & JD Clarke Architects

We were awarded two BALI (British Association of Landscape Industries) National Awards in 2018, including for the landscaping of Tickerage Mill, near Uckfield. This stunning lakeside property was famously the home of ‘Gone with the Wind’ actress Vivien Leigh.




Construction of a new garden on the slopes of the South Downs

Construction: ESSE Landscapes, Design: The Lovely Garden

Our client wished to completely re-design their garden in a small village that forms part of the South Downs National Park. The brief included a swimming pool, entertaining area, large terraces of planting and an extensive kitchen garden with greenhouse. The site presented a number of challenges, including a 14m elevation between front and rear boundaries, and limited access from a narrow lane.

View of the pool from the top terrace, overlooking the meadow

An aerial shot (drones have their uses!)

The terraced planting areas

The dining terrace

Steps down to the pool garden

A perfect day for a swim!

Landscaping to the gardens of a listed property near Crowborough, East Sussex

Construction & engineering: ESSE Landscapes, Design: Sally Carmichael/ESSE Landscapes

Our brief was to create seating and entertaining areas, with planting, to the rear of this large listed property near Crowborough. In sympathy with the building, we used brick and York stone paving to create a number of linked, but separate, terraces.

Loggia terrace

The loggia terrace area

The kitchen terrace

The kitchen terrace

Kitchen terrace planting

Kitchen terrace planting

Path network

The path network


Bird bath and fountain on the kitchen terrace

Landscaping to the gardens of a property near Hartfield

Construction & engineering: ESSE Landscapes, Design: Sally Carmichael/ESSE Landscapes

This property sat on a steep incline so, to achieve useable level paved areas, we split the garden into a series of terraces. For the retaining walls we used a combination of brick and sandstone, with a sandstone paving for the terraces.

Garden steps

Steps from the parking area down to the main terrace

Terraced garden

Planted terraces. Note the sympathetic combination of brick and stone walling materials


Planting adjacent to the pergola


The pergola walkway – east end


The pergola walkway – west end

General view

General view of the garden

Main entrance

The main entrance steps

Sandstone walling

Sandstone walling