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Some readers may know, some may not that I work part-time as a gardener and garden designer.  These are of course generic names and I really feel that I design with plants as I am a gardener rather than a landscaper.

I put together designs and plans for people wanting to overhaul their outdoor space. Quite often there will be a need for some landscaping, a patio perhaps some fencing or a wall. This element of my design has more often than not been carried out by Jez and his team at Collier Landscapes. Over the years it has been Jez at Collier Landscapes rather than any other landscaper, for the simple reason that I knew that the quality of the work would be consistently excellent and, for the simple yet important fact that they are nice people to have around in your garden.

The week before Christmas Jez and his team came to help me personally by starting work on my garden. I had marked out a large area which is to become the new flower beds.  Too big to do by hand the mini digger made light work of stripping the turf and turning the heavy soil.


Raised beds were put in, the rubbish taken away.

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Ever cheerful, always finding time to exchange pleasantries and share his views on all sorts of subjects, Jez as ever, got the job done, before saying cheerio and departing to start his Christmas break with his family.

It was therefore such a shock to hear that Jez sadly passed away at home in the New Year. He was 51 years old.  My heart goes out to his wife, Rachel and the rest of his family.There are no words that sufficiently cover how dreadfully unfair such an early death is. Jez always worked hard, was reliable and gave up a great deal of his spare time to help others, working on all sorts of village projects to help maintain a community spirit in his village. He will be greatly missed.

Below I am putting up a few pictures of the projects Jez helped me to create, These are just a tiny portion of the work he has done.  A beautiful legacy which will be enjoyed by their owners for years to come.caz garden 14 005caz garden 14 004sue hughes after 023IMG_3155IMG_3152P1010747Pegs garden 2013 015