Creating harmony in surroundings
Landscape design and implementation specialist CGC Landscapes is working in an ever-changing world, but the need for beautiful plantings and creative landscapes will never be replaced by technological developments.
CGC Landscapes is a Tauranga-based company specialising in commercial landscape projects across the North Island.
Led by TV presenter David Clayton-Greene, of New Zealand’s longest-running reality show, Marae DIY, and his wife Robyn Matheson, CGC Landscapes is a professional company with an experienced design team and a skilled crew of landscapers.
In recent years, CGC Landscapes has increased its presence in the growing childcare market and is catering for the diverse range of styles that different childcare centre owners are creating.
“Our emphasis is to work with the natural environment, be creative and challenging, and make stimulating and safe outdoor learning environments for the kids,” David says.
CGC Landscapes is also working on residential projects around Tauranga, particularly for people moving from Auckland who are now looking to reinvest their surplus cash into their new Tauranga property to better suit their needs.
A lot of CGC Landscapes’ work takes the company into remote areas.
Currently working with Tuhoe on its latest building project at Ruatahuna, Te Tii, CGC Landscapes is creating a community garden and other inviting outdoor living spaces deep in Te Urewera National Park.
CGC Landscapes has been in business for 21 years and offers a diverse range of services, a specialised workforce, and the ability to think outside the square.
David has been in the horticulture and landscaping industry since he left school.
He has taught his subject at polytechs and has worked on Marae DIY for 15 years, which has now transformed 100 marae all around New Zealand.
David has seen the industry grow and change over the years.
“The diminishing size of residential sections, the decreasing amount of land available, and a lot of nursery closures make the industry a lot more challenging today,” he says.
“Urban landscapes have become very boring in a lot of cases as everyone strives to have low maintenance sections, which is really a bit sad.”
It’s getting harder to source trees, and David says he can’t get enough due to a major shake-up of the nursery industry that saw many nurseries close down.
“Today there are a lot more hard landscaping elements coming in, but our biggest challenge is still finding all the plants at the standards required,” he says.
“Ideally we would book jobs a year in advance so we could grow trees for the job, but that’s not how it happens in most cases.”
The satisfaction of CGC Landscapes’ work lies in being involved in fantastic relationships the company forms with its clients and all who work together on its projects.
While today’s landscaping industry includes contemporary designs and an ever-increasing range of different materials, David says he is working in an industry which has its place in a changing world.
“With all the technological changes that are happening in the world, there is still a need for planting and creating landscapes, and that can’t be taken over by technology.”