Award Winning Garden & Expert Playground Design

At Boardman Gelly & Co, we specialise in two equally rewarding areas. We design stunning garden landscapes and we create fun, educational play spaces.

Some projects, such as multi-functional family gardens, bring together both areas of our business.

We operate in the southern parts of London, Surrey, Sussex and Kent and it’s true to say no two Boardman Gelly projects are the same. The personalised approach we apply to each design reflects the unique nature of the settings we work in and the variety of clients we have the pleasure of working for.

As a family-run business, we pride ourselves on our attention to detail and our commitment to exceptional customer service.

We look forward to working with you.

Beautiful gardens for homes of all sizes

We use our heritage of designing Royal Horticultural Society award-winning show gardens to create stunning garden landscapes for clients in London, Surrey, Sussex and Kent.

Garden Design & Estimating
We plan and design stunning garden landscapes and outdoor areas. Each design is fully costed and accompanied with a detailed estimate.
Hard Landscaping
We create form and structure in your garden using hard materials such as paving, brick and stone
Soft Landscaping
Planting and turf will soften the look of your garden and draw the eye to key areas. Often unappreciated, soft landscaping is the important final flourish which brings your garden to life.

Fun playgrounds that take safety seriously

Boardman, Gelly & Co uses its heritage of designing Royal Horticultural Society award-winning show gardens to create stunning garden landscapes. Exciting bespoke school playgrounds. We operate in London, Surrey, Sussex and Kent.

Design & Estimating
Ideas discussed during our free consultation meeting will be developed in to a clear fully costed design which is supplied with a detailed estimate.
Building & Installation
Our experienced construction team are all DBS checked and are familiar working in school environments. Typically a team of 2 keeps construction footprint small
Playground Safety
Director Steve Gelly is ROSPA trained and RPII accredited to carry out Operational Playground Inspections. Each inspection is followed up with a detailed safety report, from £175 +VAT.

Why Boardman Gelly


Nigel Boardman has been working in horticulture for almost 3 decades and we have been building school playgrounds for twenty years.


We have achieved 15 RHS Hampton Court Awards for Garden Design and Nigel has experience as competition judge for the RHS combined with encyclopaedic knowledge of plants.

Personal Touch

Nigel will manage your project from start to finish. He will meet you to discuss your requirements, create your design and oversee all stages of installation through to the completion of your project.

We only operate a limited number of projects at any one time to ensure we remain focussed on delivering the highest standard of quality service to our clients.

About Boardman Gelly

Boardman, Gelly & Co is a family-run company managed by Nigel Boardman (RHS Judge) and Stephen Gelly (RoSPA trained, operational school playground inspector).We pride ourselves on providing an efficient, high-quality, friendly service covering all aspects of garden and playground design and landscaping.

Since creating our first RHS award-winning garden in 1992, we have had the pleasure of designing many beautiful gardens for clients in London and Surrey.  Receiving positive feedback is as important to us as winning awards. The fact that almost all of our new business comes directly from personal referrals is something that we are very proud of indeed.

We employ a team of around 8 staff who carry out every aspect of the projects we undertake. Our clients can rest assured that all the work is carried out to the same high standards – from design through to installation. The same standards apply to our onsite working practices, including our attention to safety and the courtesy and consideration we show each and every one of our customers.

For a design consultation or FREE no obligation estimate – call 01306 611231 or send a message

What our customers say

“We have been extremely delighted with all the projects you have carried out this year for us, from our show garden and irrigation system back in March to the new resin driveway completed in October. All completed professionally and in the timescale quoted and a great work team on every job. ”
Landscaping & installation projects, Warlingham
“I am so delighted with it (the garden) and will enjoy it immensely for many years to come. Many thanks to you all for an awesome job.”
Landscaping client, Banstead
“Carried out with care and willingness to accommodate any slight changes requested to the original plan.”
Mr Abbott, Great Bookham
“Very pleased overall. All staff friendly and competent. The design was very good.”
Landscaping projects, Ashtead
“Very happy! We love our beautiful garden.”
Mr & Mrs Gray, Landscaping Client, Dorking
“Very many thanks for the work carried out on our garden, All the members of Nigel’s team have been great. We look forward to seeing the new planting flowering as Spring progresses.”
Landscaping & planting, Ashtead
“We were very satisfied with the firm’s work given that we had an unusual and awkward remit with a lot of clearing to do. The design and construction of a customised shed on the base of our ruined Victorian outbuilding was excellent. Nigel’s suggestion was spot on, as was recycling our old clay roof tiles.”
Mrs .W, Old Coulsdon, Surrey
“Boardman, Gelly were creative, practical and accommodating throughout the whole designing and building process. Staff, parents and children were thrilled by the end results…”
Jackie Trudgeon, Head Teacher
“The company has the creativity and commitment to provide an excellent service……”
Fanoula Smith, Head Teacher