Wishing Well

This client in Saffron Walden called in Summit Landscapes to build a wishing well in their large back garden. When we arrived at the client’s property for our initial site visit and design consultation, we took photos, measured areas and drew up plans for the wishing well.

There was an existing, deep man-made hole already present in the garden full of rainwater that had collected over many years and was home to a family of frogs (Summit Landscapes was careful to remove all of the frogs before work commenced!).

When we began work, we excavated an area around the hole and laid a square concrete and brick foundation inside the mouth of the hole. Inner and outer circular walls were then marked out and we began building with traditional bricks and cement. The earth around the hole was then filled back to meet the outer wall. The inner wall was built higher because the client wanted traditional flint sections on the outer wall. This effect was achieved by sourcing local flint and laying it into four equal sections in cement on the outer wall.

Once the flint sections were complete, another ring of bricks was laid over the top of both inner and outer walls. Timber posts were then fixed to the original foundations within the well and the struts and joists for the roofing were attached.

Traditional terracotta roofing tiles were then laid to complete the wishing well.

The client’s lawn had become worn out in several large patches, so the old lawn was stripped away, the waste removed from site and the area prepped before Summit Landscapes laid fresh high-quality turf across the entire back garden.