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Meet the Henley and Reading SAS Landscaping squad

A crack team of hard landscapers, SAS Landscaping is local business that has built a reputation for attention to detail.


Having started as a one-man band in 2004, the squad is now up to six people working all year round on landscaping and fencing projects across the Caversham and Henley areas.


Set up by Simon Stokes, SAS Landscaping has been a Peppard Building Supplies customer for 12 years.


Over those years, the business has grown through recommendations and, now works with home-owners as well as garden designers and developers for larger scale project.


Simon explained: “We are very lucky to be kept busy with projects in a 10-mile radius, although we do go further afield to areas such as Ascot and Sunningdale.


“Day-to-day work could include anything from fixing a fence panel through to laying a patio or landscaping an area from scratch.


“Many people are surprised to hear that we work all year around, but as long as there’s no extreme weather, we can usually keep a project going.”


The trend when it comes to patios, he explains, is for a clean and contemporary look.


“Ninety-nine out of 100 people want natural stone for their patio,” he said. “It’s a good quality product that looks great, weathers well and compares well in terms of cost to some concrete alternatives,” he said.


Raised vegetable beds are another popular feature, in particular for family gardens as more people like to educate their children about gardening and food.


This trend for natural products and home-grown produce carries through to the gardens themselves.


“With larger gardens, we have laid wildflower turf with a grass pathway through an area, which looks really effective,” Simon said. “A more cost-effective option to the turf is to spread wildflower earth in the garden.”


Gravel drives are an enduring favourite, and resin versions are a low maintenance choice as they don’t move.


Permeable block paving is another popular choice, particularly Brett Alpha Flow for a more traditional look or Omega Flow, which suits modern properties.


Whatever the products SAS Landscaping uses, they are mostly sourced from Peppard Building Supplies.


“I started using Peppard because it was an independent merchant a couple of miles from my home,” Simon said. “Over the years I have built up a really good relationship with staff and the owners and they always go the extra mile. That combined with the quality of products and breadth of stock has kept me going back, and I don’t see that changing anytime soon.”


Posted on October 20, 2016 by Claire Savage