Project name: Millboard Decking Installation – Oxford

Location: Summertown, Oxford

Value: £35k

In Summer 2022, we were approached by a client in central Oxford who wanted to replace and upgrade their old deck with Millboard Enhanced Grain Coppered Oak Decking.

Why Choose Millboard Decking?

The client agreed that Millboard Decking was their best option due to its long-life product guarantee. They opted for the Plas-pro composite subframe to ensure their deck would last as long as possible.

The Project

The client requested that their garden be designed with entertainment in mind, making quality decking a crucial element. To guarantee year-round usability, the decision was made to integrate a garden lighting scheme. The J Drewe Landscaping team arranged for our qualified electrician to visit the site and design a lighting scheme that was both practical and fitted the client’s brief and budget.

The Result

The result proved to be the ideal solution for this central Oxford garden. The property had challenging levels to negotiate, starting from the house down to the canal. The versatility of the Millboard Decking gave us scope to navigate these levels and create a practical and visual space.

Millboard offers a complete system that includes boards, bullnose boards, fascias, and subframes. And with J Drewe Landscaping, a certified Millboard installer, the clients not only have a visually stunning deck but one that is also built to last.

If you’re thinking about adding a new decking area to your garden, or want to discuss a project,  contact the J Drewe Landscaping team today.

Garden Lighting: Tips for Illuminating your Outdoor Space  

Garden lighting is more popular than it has ever been. During lockdown, after spending more hours than ever in their gardens. It seems that having a cosy outdoor space which remains function into the night is higher on the list of priorities.

It is a great addition to an outdoor space, however our clients usually require some guidance on where to position lights and what ones to choose, luckily we offer a service where we can plan your lighting scheme for you. We often give advice on;

  • How many lights required for the size of the garden
  • What colour lights to use
  • What to do with cables
  • Where to put the light to create the desired atmosphere

Garden Lighting Tips

Here are our top tips;

Less is more – it can be easy to think that you’re going to need lots of lighting in an outdoor space. However, with the efficiency and brightness of LED lights you may be surprised at how few you need to make a big difference.

It’s all about location – think about what you want to see when it’s dark outside. For safety reasons, steps are a must when it comes to lights. However, this can still be done stylishly to create a better ambiance.

You’ll find that less is more, with lights positioned correctly around an outdoor space, making the most of features like trees, steps and sculptures, minimal lighting is enough to completely transform the garden after dark.

Colour match – for a professional looking garden with a warm and cosy feel it’s best to choose a lighting colour and stick with it for the whole garden. Using a combination of yellow and white lights can often feel disjointed and unfinished. Keeping the consistency can make a big difference.

Cables and connections – this is another area where hiring a professional is really worthwhile. When you choose to work with J Drewe we can sort all cables and connections so that they are not only neat and tidy, they are also water proof and weather proof so they work all year round with no problems.

Common Pitfalls when it comes to Garden Lighting  

Getting the balance right when it comes to garden lighting can make or break your perfect outdoor space. Some of the more common pitfalls when it comes to garden lighting are;

  • Glare is overbearing due to lighting angle
  • No consideration being given to what has been illuminated and what to keep in the dark
  • Visible cables, these always catching people’s eye making them more of a focal point if they are not properly secured.
  • No consideration of brightness level when purchasing the lights.
  • Not prioritising garden lighting. For functional and aesthetically pleasing garden lighting, it should be considered from the design stage and not be an afterthought.

J Drewe Garden Services

At J Drewe, we can help incorporate garden lighting from the design stage of your makeover. We have a wealth of experience in fitting all elements when it comes to landscaping, and we know the difference it can make to an outdoor space.

For more information on garden lighting or to discuss your project, please contact us today.

Modern Driveway Ideas

A driveway is not only an essential element of a properties entrance but also a visual aspect of the property. A modern driveway can help with making the property more inviting and increase the value of the home.

A beautiful well-maintained driveway can make a significant difference to the overall look and feel of the property. There are different options when it comes to driveway materials and designs.

At J.Drewe, driveway installation is one of the services we offer. We are often approached for modern driveway ideas.

Modern Driveway Ideas

Block paving driveways – block driveways are one of our most popular choices when it comes to driveways. Block paving comes in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colours, allowing for endless design possibilities. It’s a durable solution and can withstand heavy loads, making it ideal for driveways.

Gravel driveways – Gravel driveways provide a rustic and natural look that can complement any home’s exterior. Gravel driveways can also be combined with other materials such as pavers or concrete to create a unique look. Gravel comes in many shapes and sizes and can create a traditional look on an older property or be paired with a new home to give an ultra-modern look.

Resin driveways – Resin driveways have become increasingly popular in recent years due to their low maintenance, high durability, and aesthetic appeal. Resin bonded driveways are when resin is poured on a surface and gravel is scattered on top. Resin bound surfaces are where resin is mixed with loose gravel, then trowelled to a smooth finish, this is stable and smoother than the bonded option. Resin driveways can also be permeable, meaning they can be an ideal solution for sites with drainage issues.  

Modern Driveways from J.Drewe

When it comes to modern driveways there are various options we can offer here at J.Drewe.

When selecting the type of driveway you would like for your property it is important to consider your home’s architecture and surroundings. With a little creativity, your driveway can become a standout feature of your home’s exterior.

Contact us for more information – we would be happy to talk you through the various options and make suggestions based on the size, shape and location of your driveway.

 Fencing Types for your Garden

There are many different types of fencing available for your garden, each one can be used to create a different look depending on your requirements.

At J Drewe, we can offer a range of different fencing types for your garden. Whether your project is commercial, domestic or residential, we have a fencing type to suit your needs.

Our skilled team are able to install a wide range of fencing types including;

  • Closeboard fencing
  • Durapost
  • Panel Fencing
  • Metal Railings
  • Picket Fencing
  • Post and Rail Fencing
  • Trellis
  • Timber Fencing
  • Concrete Fencing
  • Wooden Fencing
  • Composite Fencing

Fencing Types

Panel Fencing – panel fencing is a very common fencing option for domestic gardens, panels range from a standard larchlap panel to a more robust long-lasting closeboard panel. Fence panels can be installed to range of post types, from timber, to concrete, metal and composite.

Metal Railings – metal railings are used less often in gardens and more in commercial areas such as parks or residential areas. They are strong and hardwearing as well as low maintenance but can provide perimeter security whilst looking elegant.

Picket Fencing – picket fencing is selected for domestic use to form a decorative boundary for gardens. It consists of wooden picket pales which are attached to a rail with gaps in between. Being made of wood means this style of fencing responds well to paint and staining.

Post and Rail Fencing  – post and rail fencing uses vertical solid timber posts with horizontal timber rails. This type of fencing is an ideal solution to fencing large areas for agricultural or equestrian use, also defining a boundary on a large scale. Post and rail fencing is sturdy and can be used as a simple way to distinguish boundaries.

Trellis – Trellis comes in many formats and is used to create a privacy or divide a garden into areas when a full screen is not required,  These offer a beautiful way to build enclosures within your garden or outdoor space.

Concrete Fencing – Concrete posts and gravel boards paired with closeboard fencing or panels can provide a very secure, long lasting fencing option. Due to the strength and durability of the concrete, this is an option for the clients who want a fence that lasts a lifetime.

Composite Fencing – composite fencing is made from a mixture of plastic and real wood (typically recycled). The wood forms a natural and authentic aesthetic whilst the plastic creates an incredibly strong fence which is long lasting and more durable than wood only options.

Fencing Types from J Drewe

If you are after a fence for your garden or outdoor area and want to discuss your options please contact us. Our range of fencing types means we are able to find a solution for any of your requirements. Contact us today.

Decking Options

Decking is a great option for a garden or outdoor space. It is often used for garden seating areas, and is a popular choice due to its natural look and feel. Decking can be a good choice for challenging sites where levels can be an issue, a deck can be installed at height with ease, whereas something such as paving would require huge amounts of build-up and extra material.

Advantages of Choosing Decking

There are many advantages to choosing Decking;

  • Practical
  • Strong
  • Weather resistant
  • Natural looking

Having a decking area can transform your outdoor space creating multiple different areas and levels, it can also be used for walkways and sometimes seating itself.

Decking Options

At J Drewe, we have been installing decking for many years, our team have the high skill level required to install various decking options for your outdoor space.

Our decking options include;

Composite Decking – composite decking has become popular in recent years due to its long lasting nature, the colours available and its attractive appearance.

Because it is plastic, composite decking is impervious to elements which affect wood such as rotting and insect infestations. Because of this, composite decking offers a low maintenance option for your garden.

Softwood Decking – There are a number of softwood deckings available, these range from the ‘traditional’ pressure treated pine, this can be a cost effective solution, but will not have the same life-span as more durable timber, Cedar and Siberian Larch are also softwood and have a very attractive appearance, although these are softwood they are very tough and will withstand a lot of foot traffic and damp conditions if looked after correctly.

Hardwood Decking – Hardwood such as Yellow Balau or Iroko are a very tough, durable option for a deck, although they will still require some work to maintain their appearance. Hardwood decking can be a beautiful choice for someone looking for something a bit special.

Millboard Decking – Millboard is our preferred composite decking option and is by far the most common deck we install. Our team are all Millboard approved meaning they have the skills, expertise and experience to install this popular decking option. Contact us for more information on the options we have available.

Decking Inspiration

If you’re considering a decking but not quite set on it just yet, why not take a look at some of our previous projects.

For more information on our various decking options or to discuss recommendations for your outdoor area please contact us.

Types of Paving

Paving is a great way to give your garden a specific area – usually used for a seating area. There are different types of paving available. Each different type has different pros and cons.

Whether it’s for a garden, driveway or any other outdoor paving area, it’s important to take options into consideration before going ahead with any work.

Our team are here to advise you if you require assistance or have any questions so please contact us.

It’s important to decide exactly what type of paving you want to use and what is going to be the most suitable for your requirements.

Types of Paving

At  J Drewe we work with the best paving suppliers in the UK to ensure we are providing our clients with top quality products.

We have 4 different types of paving available. These are;

  • Block paving
  • Porcelain paving
  • Natural Stone Paving
  • Granite paving
  • Clay Pavers

More about our types of Paving

Block Paving – block paving is often used on driveways and pavements. Block paving is highly durable and can be very stylish.

Block paving is normally a concrete product, although there are some beautiful natural stone options available

The great thing about block paving is that individual bricks can be replaced if they become damaged rather than replacing the whole area.   

Porcelain Paving – porcelain paving is entirely non-pourus, this means the surface will not absorb any liquid. This prevents damage and staining. It is extremely strong and long-lasting and very easy to clean.

Porcelain paving can be a fantastic investment if a client is looking for a paving option that will maintain its appearance for a long time and stay looking fresh for years to come.

Stone Paving – there are many different options when it comes to stone paving, these include; granite, marble, sandstone, Limestone or slate. These are all natural stone which are then cut to shape for paving. Because of these there can be some difference in colour and markings.

Stone paving is particularly beautiful and has a stylish finish. It can also be more durable than concrete alternatives.

Granite Paving  – a tight grained and evenly textured paving type, granite paving is another stylish option for modern landscape design.

Granite paving is long lasting and highly durable. It requires almost no maintenance so is a perfect choice for those of us with a busy lifestyle. Granite can be a great choice for high foot traffic areas, making it a popular choice for property entrances and driveways.

Clay Pavers– Dutch clay pavers have proven to be a popular choice in gardens in recent years, due to the many colour options, small sizes and durability it makes them a very versatile product. Clay pavers can be used in driveways, patios, garden paths and laid as an edging.

Paving from J Drewe

When working with us for your paving, we will happily supply you with samples when selecting the type of paving required for your garden. Paving is long lasting so getting the right type for you is crucial. We are here to help in any way we can.

Because we have many years of experience in paving and have a passion for landscaping. We are able to provide paving solutions for all projects, from small garden patios to much larger fully paved spaces.

We supply all tools and machinery required and source all paving and accessories for your project.

If you would like more information on any of the types of paving we offer or would like to discuss your project please contact us.

Agricultural Land to Domestic Garden

Location – Steventon, South Oxfordshire
Budget – £60,000+
Timescale – 12 weeks

Working closely with garden designer Sarah Naybour, we had the privilege of completing our biggest project to date in Steventon in the summer of 2017.

After planning permission had been granted to turn the agricultural land into a domestic garden, worked commenced. The specification of this garden was complex; it needed to complement the natural surroundings and be suitable for the family who live there and their four young children to play, entertain and explore.

The build comprised a patio area of London Stone Kota Brown Limestone at 65m2, 3000m2 of turf and 900m2 of wildflower meadow grass supplied by Harrowden Turf.

Complete with children’s play tunnels and a vast variety of plants, this garden was a delight to build. It wasn’t without it’s challenges; the land was unusually wet for July and made the ground a marsh land! However, with our team of skilled and knowledgable landscapers, the project was finished to our exacting high standards and we are extremely proud of the finished space.

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Porcelain Paving & Artificial Grass Garden, Didcot, Oxfordshire

Location – Didcot, Oxfordshire
Price range – £10,000
Timescale – Two weeks

For this project, the clients desired slick, Porcelain paving in large slabs and artificial grass. They specifically wanted a modern, contemporary outdoor room, which looked neat and trendy, but that would also be safe for their young baby to explore.

They had not long moved into this home and were busy renovated the house interior and so it was important to them to have a team to take care of the garden, that they could trust and rely on. With the interior taking on a modern look, they wanted the garden to match.

The client also requested a garden which could be enjoyed both in the summer and winter months and would be easy to maintain. We chose plants along the boarders which would not require a lot of care and built a decking which extends from their living room; providing the perfect outdoor space to enjoy. The decking fit nicely in an area between the kitchen and living room and filled a space of the garden which was other wise unusable.

The artificial lawn by Namgrass complimented the paving and we installed thin paving cuts around the lawn to give it a finished and modern look. The boarders around the lawn were planted with a mixture of tropical and traditional plants.

We also organised for lighting to be fitted, both in the flowers beds and along the screening installed onto the fencing in the decking area. The finishing touch to this stunning garden is the shed building; made from old reclaimed wood and finished beautifully with John Lewis outdoor lighting.

This outdoor space was a joy to design and construct.

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Oak Pool House

Location – Aston Upthorpe, Oxfordshire
Date – November, 2017
Timescale – 8 days

After working for this client on a number of occasions in the past, they contacted us to see if we could help with a new pool house in their garden.

We had previously refurbishing the landscape around this client’s swimming pool in August 2017 with a large amount of limestone paving and we now planned to construct an Oak Pool House as a centrepiece, in order to provide an area for entertaining.

We were able to re-use some of the old materials, for example the roof tiles from the previous pool building.

With the frame pre-made off site, the installation including the roofing took our team 8 days to complete.

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We are launching a brand new website!

After 5 years we have finally decided to let go of the rains a little and allow someone else to design us a brand new website!

Jack created our original site himself back when the company first began.  Although the site worked well and was very user friendly, we wanted something far more unique, exciting and yummy for our customers to enjoy. We have known for some time that it would be far more professional to have a streamline site built for us.

Working alongside the team at Bubble Creative Solutions we have put together the perfect site. The new webpage complements our work beautifully and shows our projects in their finest light.

We have come such a long way since the first draft which we felt resembled our original site far too much. Whilst we loved our old site, we decided to go for a total overhaul and complete change for the new one, to really make it worthwhile. The original website was very white and plain although with plenty of images, but this time we wanted the images to be the main focus.

We wanted something minimalistic and contemporary – just like Jack’s favourite type of garden. After meeting with BC to discuss the changes we needed, the second draft was a hit! There were a few tweaks to iron out such as the justification of the text in our logo, but we were ecstatic about the new template.

We are so pleased with the final model and we hope you enjoy using it as much as we have enjoyed watching it come together. If ever you’d like to share any feedback with us, please don’t hesitate to email me directly to and if you are looking for a website of your own, head across to

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