Yellow Balau Decking

Yellow Balau decking winds its way to water’s edge

Materials: Yellow Balau Hardwood Decking

Materials supplier: Silva Timber Products

Location: Cheshire

Designer: Joanne Willcocks, Gardens by Design

Landscaper: Richard Morris Garden Landscaping

Photography: courtesy of Silva Timber Products

Soft, organic lines were favoured that allow one to walk slowly through the planting on a journey to the water's edge.

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A delightful, lakeside barn conversion in Cheshire had already received an extensive internal make over and it was now the turn of the garden. Dominated by hard landscaping and very few plants, the garden required a more sensitive approach that embraced its natural setting and enabled the owners to sit, relax and enjoy the view.

Garden designer Jo Wilcocks was aware of Silva Timber through gardening press and a recommendation from a fellow designer. Having contacted them and requested samples, Western Red Cedar, Yellow Balau, Ipé and Mandioqueira were shortlisted.


I considered a number of materials for the path but felt that timber was the most appropriate and sensitive to the site's location.


Jo wanted to see the products herself in person, so a visit to the Cheshire branch in Widnes was arranged before making her final choice.  Jo worked in close collaboration with landscapers Rick and Mark to realise the design and work through the technical challenge the curves presented.

As the owners are plant lovers, a stylised form of natural planting was favoured to retain views of the lake whilst encouraging wildlife. Only 6 weeks after completion, the garden was already full of bees and butterflies!


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The owners are delighted with the results and how it has opened up the garden space. They particularly love the feel of the wood underfoot.


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