Trees and Woodlands Essex

We have extensive experience with planning and managing woodlands, from small scale up to several acres.

From single trees to an arboretum of specimen trees, we can advise on all aspects from planning to procurement and planting.

We can also assist with finding that special tree to mark an occasion, as a gift or a memorial.

Countryside Ponds and Streams Essex

Tranquil garden ponds and streams

What can be more relaxing than sitting in your garden listening to water trickling over rocks, as it cascades down into a beautiful pond. If you’ve always dreamt of having a professional pond and stream built in your garden then come to Haskett.

Outstanding creations

Haskett has been landscaping for many years and have a wealth of knowledge when it comes to creating new ponds and streams in the garden. They will also be able to advise on what’s best for your garden and guide you through the design process in terms of utilising the garden space to its utmost. The garden pond and stream is a great feature to have in any garden and it has to be designed and installed correctly. Haskett is here to ensure that your dream can become a reality. Customer care, attention to detail and many years’ experience has earned Haskett the reputation it deserves.

Existing ponds and streams repaired

Does your existing pond or stream need repairs? Haskett can restore and repair your existing pond and stream back to new again, giving garden lovers peace of mind that repairs are carried out to an outstanding level with true professionalism.

Designed to suit you

Haskett have the skills and experience to create a feature just for you, that will bring joy for many years. Designing and creating ponds and streams that range from contemporary to traditional. Perhaps you wish to encourage more wildlife and nature to your garden, not a problem, Haskett can make it happen.

If you wish to talk to Haskett to discuss further or to book an appointment, then please contact us on 01277 899325  or email:

Wildflowers Essex

One of the most beautiful sights in the British countryside is meadows of wildflowers in the summer sun.

We may not be able to guarantee the sunshine (!) but we can advise on the correct mix, sowing and care of a wildflower meadow. These in turn will attract many species of our native wildlife, supporting the balance of nature within the domestic garden.

Grass and Groundcare Essex

Turf laying for smaller gardens is the perfect ‘instant’ and weed free solution for that new lawn. For larger estates, the use of ‘big roll’ turf speeds up the process and transforms large areas within a day or two.

Grass seed is a lower cost solution, and very effective at the right time of year. Managing germination and weed competition presents a challenge, so it’s a good idea to ask for our advice on the pros and cons.

The key to subsequent management and maintenance is not only about expertise, but also having the right tools for the job. If you need help – whether with large or smaller areas, just ask.

The key to the management of larger areas is having the right tools for the job. We have the tools and the equipment, including a 50hp compact tractor with many attachments for ground preparation and maintenance.

Coppicing Essex

Haskett provide a professional, reliable and cost-effecting coppicing and pollarding service to all areas of Essex.

Coppicing and pollarding are traditional methods of aiding nature through pruning, cutting and tree management. Coppicing involves cutting a tree or shrub down to the root and encouraging new growth from the stump. Cutting to ground level will help to stimulate regeneration while permitting the development of underplanting by increasing ground-level light penetration.

Pollarding is a pruning system that involves removing or cutting the top branches of a tree to enable fresh growth. Both coppicing and pollarding are classic pruning techniques that can be used to not only encourage new growth but also to enhance the area aesthetically. Pollarding will reduce the shade that is cast by trees, improving light and therefore growth for lower-level plants and shrubs.

Haskett performs coppicing and pollarding to residential land, commercial land, countryside, woodlands and nature reserves across Essex and Suffolk. We understand that coppicing is not something that is suited to every tree or woodland area. We are armed with extensive experience and knowledge and will assess and advise before carrying out any work. Pollarding may be more common for smaller, residential wooded areas. Residential grounds are less likely to require coppicing. We will visit your site to determine precisely what the best technique and service is for you, and work around you, causing minimum disruption.

Whether you require a coppicing project for a large area or regular pollarding on a smaller space, we are here to help in the best and most budget-friendly way. We have a team of highly experienced individuals with the skills, knowledge and passion for carrying out professional coppicing and pollarding that will enhance and protect. Our case studies will demonstrate some of the projects we have undertaken of late.

Feel free to contact us for further information on 01277 899325

Hedge Planting and Hedgelaying Services in Essex and Suffolk

Throughout rural Britain, hedges play a major role in the formation of the landscape we are all familiar with today.

Traditionally used to contain stock, hedges were once the main boundaries to maintain paddock sizes. However over the years as arable farms have become more prevalent, farmers have sought to increase the yield of their farm and hedges have been removed to make way for the ever growing size of the machinery.

In recent years, the balance has shifted once more, with landowners replacing hedgerows to encourage our native flora and fauna to become re-established.

Hedgelaying is an ancient craft which is used to rejuvenate an existing hedgerow. First stage would be to remove any unwanted materials such as bramble, nettle and dead wood etc.

Next stage – starting at 1 end of the hedge – cut a pleach (a cut 3/4 of the way through the plant) this enables you to bend the plant over without it breaking, leaving enough sap wood attached in order to keep the plant alive. The plants that are to be laid must be no thinner than a broom handle.

This process is continued throughout the length of the hedge.

A stake is then installed at every yard – normally hazel or ash.

Bind the top of the hedge with hazel rods 10 – 12 ft long. Once complete, trim the hedge to improve appearance.

End result is a woven living fence approx 4ft high. This process is good for the hedge and for wildlife.
Long term you end up with a much better and more healthy hedge.

This also encourages traditional woodland management techniques as the materials required for hedgelaying – the stakes and binders – are produced using traditional coppicing methods.