Josie and Charlie Irons are fashion and lifestyle bloggers who moved into their beautiful country house in the Cotswolds in the Spring of 2020, just before Covid hit.

A border with naturalistic-style planting extends the width of the house. This bed is filled with plants including Salvias, Asters, Sedums, and grasses

Keep up to date with the progress of Josie & Charlie’s garden by following them on Instagram.

The garden consisted of open lawns and little screening. Designed by Liz Nicholson, the garden was developed into garden rooms giving places to go and hide!

It took the team of Nicholsons softworks landscapers a couple of months to bring the somewhat neglected garden alive with colourful, decorative borders.

The planting of new trees and hedges has been used where privacy is required but also to define boundaries and create spaces for an orchard and a kitchen garden. Several dead or poor specimen trees, overgrown shrubs and some failing evergreens had to be removed and other existing trees were improved through tree surgery.

The deep, herbaceous borders, crab apple arches and yew hedging now divide the back and side garden injecting year-round colour and adding texture and structure.

A gravel garden was created for The Coach House where Josie’s mother lives.

Don’t know where to start?

Nicholsons specialise in whole garden projects and would like to hear from you if you have a medium to large garden requiring design or construction. Start your process by filling out the form below, or give us a call on 01869 340342

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“I just arrived home this morning and just wanted to say WOW!!, lots going on but what an amazing surprise and transformation, it is looking fabulous fabulous fabulous. Thank you thank you thank you!!”


“From the start – brilliant throughout. Minimal disruption and you took the time to look after our property. You have done a great job and we are looking forward to the coming months to see the impact on the garden. We hope to continue working with you, an absolute pleasure to deal with”

“I am thrilled with the garden – thank you to all – it has been so efficiently organized.”

Mrs Hewitt

“Please pass our thanks on to all of your colleagues who oversaw and implemented Jon’s excellent vision with such great care and attention; every single person we’ve met wearing the ‘Nicholsons Polo’ has been unbelievably polite, professional and generous.

The business you’ve built is truly impressive in every way, it really should be used as an example of excellence for MBA graduates to study.”

W Gompertz

Nicholsons is accredited by the following official organisations:

Approved contractors of the Safe-contractor scheme, Nicholsons are also accredited with CHAS and Arboricultural Association. The Company are also members of BALI and recently won awards as Cherwell Employer of the year 2016, Cherwell Established Business of the Year 2014, as well as being finalists in the Oxfordshire Business of the Year awards in 2013 (Energy and Environment Award).