Garden Designer fencing with Charred Accoya® in Amersham


Shousugiban Charred Accoya Cladding… A new fence, a new product and a new design… what seemed like a relatively minor element of this new garden has transpired into a complex and beautiful fence.

The property is situated on a new development in Amersham, Buckinghamshire. A detached family house with a completely secluded and private garden was in need of a garden to be designed.


The client couldn’t visualise a garden in such a small space, a four-bed house with 2 grown children needed a mature space for entertaining with mature planting and a place to sit, eat and socialise.  No absolute restrictions on the budget as long as the design justified the use of materials… and a hint of Japan.

The rear garden has the Sun from early morning, through the day which disappears early evening… Lighting is essential.


So, how can a fence possibly be anything other than a simple garden divide? If one is to go to the trouble to seek the services of a Garden Designer… that’s their job, to design. In this garden news update, I would like to concentrate on the fence. It’s the overlooked and unnoticed elements of the garden that can sometimes be the most important.

With the property being a new build it came with a standard close board fence. Painting it was a …. Let’s not! Let’s create a new fence. The neighbour owned it so having had a polite discussion it was best left in situ. We had to create our fence next to a fence.

The posts are 50mm steel box sections set into concrete at 1220 centres to accommodate the 18mm Medite Tricoya Extreme panels, all fixed with stainless self-tappers. We designed the custom made cladding, ShouSugiBan® in 42mm widths and in many random lengths. Shou Sugi Ban™ Cladding materials for this project have been supplied by Exterior Solutions Ltd.

There was a definite 10mm separation just above the custom-made GRP Bronze finished planters, indecently they were designed to sit at exactly the same height as the backs of the exterior garden furniture… Everything in this design has a purpose, everything has a place and everything has to be millimetre perfect. Even the planters lined up with the joints in the paving… they were 1196mm wide to accommodate this.

Shousugiban Charred Accoya Cladding

We set the Charred Accoya® cladding out in two layers, random gaps, random lengths, hit one… miss one. The layout was a balance of the lines and spaces to give an exact random pattern. This pattern is brought alive in the evening with the downlighting to bring out the minute shadows, textures and organised chaos of the timber.

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About Karl

Karl Harrison designs, builds and delivers high end residential and commercial landscaping projects.

He brings clarity to unusual situations, new materials and understands how to apply them with current technology. He is a professional Engineer and demands attention to detail that ensures impeccable results.

We absolutely love the space that Karl & his team created for us.

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