SNCG Ecoscapes is a workers co-operative of professionals who know we can get more from our green spaces by working more closely and in greater harmony with nature.
Alternative Landscape Gardeners
Based in North East England, SNCG Ecoscapes offer a complete design and maintenance service, using sustainable ecological methods and permaculture gardening principles to create beautiful green spaces which support natural diversity and abundant life. Our aim is to restore nature to the heart of our gardens and to educate gardeners in conservation, biodiversity and sustainable garden design. If you're looking to make positive changes on your doorstep, we can assist you to achieve wonderful things.
As alternative lanscape gardeners, we know that healthy and biodiverse environments can be created from back yards and balconies to farm fields and schools. Whatever the scope of your project, we will help your space thrive and provide you with years of health, happiness and learning.
Our services include, sustainable garden design, landscape gardening, permaculture gardening, soft landscaping, hard landscaping, woodland management, traditioal coppicing, green woodworking, agroforestry research and forest school activities.
Good Design, Ethical Practise, Friendly Service
Permaculture Gardening Principles
The Ecoscapes team are committed to a strong ethical framework, based on the teachings of Permaculture.
Our conscientious approach to design places you at the centre of a project that not only produces beautiful results, but also lasting support to our many important native species, which are often harmed by conventional horticultural methods.
Through close observation, detailed planning and innovative design we are helping many people and groups across the North East make their gardens better places to be.
Care of the Earth & Care of People
Sustainable Garden Design
Whether growing companion plants to tackle pests and disease, or planting trees to reduce flooding, we look to Nature's vast resources for the right answers. We will never introduce harmful pesticides or toxic chemicals to your land and we make appropriate use of fossil-fuelled machinery, preferring traditional tools and hand skills to achieve precision quality at minimal cost to our environment.
Whether your space is large or small, we are experienced in woodland management, traditional coppicing, hard landscaping and soft landscaping. We will deviver a sustainable garden design or woodland management solution for you using permaculture principles.
Natural Solutions to Natural Problems
Food Growing and Self-sufficiency
Been promising yourself you'd have a go, but aren't sure where to start?
Languishing for too long on an North East allotment waiting list?
Have previous efforts come unstuck?
Our team are experienced fruit and vegetable growers and can show you how to bring your hard work from seed to table (and back again!), with no need for harmful toxins and with the bare minimum of waste or environmental impact. However grand or humble the size of your plot, Ecoscapes can help you with sustainable garden design at any stage of your self-sufficiency journey.
From Seed to Table & back again
Willow Sculpture and Green Woodworking
Our green woodworking team specialise in building living sculptures from willow and other natural, green woodworking materials. Whether you require a bird screen, hurdle fences and gates or something more unusual, we can use our locally grown materials to produce fantastic lasting results, large or small, at very fair prices. We work in partnership with Sylvan Skills to deliver a range of beautiful, green wood structures.
Locally coppiced willow and hazel
Thinking of growing your own willow? From late winter to spring we can plant your very own coppice to allow you to become self sufficient in this wonderfully versatile resource for many years to come.
Willow coppicing is particularly suitable for schools looking to reduce maintenance costs on existing willow structures. We enjoy successful projects with many North East primary schools carrying out forest school activities. Traditional coppicing is ideal for community groups interested in producing their own craft materials for basketry and sculpture.
Once planted, willow grows extremely quickly and is ready for harvest after 1-2 years. Propagation is very simple and your coppice can be expanded very economically.