Ground Force Landscaping is solely owned by Artur Shkurtaj, known affectionately by his clients as Fotis, his nickname, he was born and raised on the beautiful island of Aegina an island off mainland Greece and began his gardening career working in one of the stunning villas on the island.
It was there he learnt about the use of light and shade in the summer months, irrigation systems to keep the garden looking at its best all year round, the use of tiling and brick work to enhance the visual aspects of a garden and creating intimate spaces in the large expanse of the garden where the family can enjoy time together.
Taking inspiration from his early days in the Mediterranean
Many of his inspirations come from those early days in the sunshine, surrounded by archaeological sites, neoclassical buildings, beautiful beaches with coastal flowers and the traditional pistachio trees.
Expert knowledge of gardens and seasonal changes
After relocating to the UK over 15 years ago, and working in English gardens, he decided to launch his own business, bringing with him those early experiences of Mediterranean gardens and merging them with his time in the UK and his understanding of the seasons, our soil types and specific plant life.
We work with local credible suppliers you can trust
Using a local landscaping and gardening company gives you the reassurance of a company where you can check out their reputation, drive by and see the works they have carried out and, in most cases, connect though Facebook to the owner of the property where the works have been done.
There is also then added benefit of supporting the local economy, Ground Force Landscaping uses suppliers in their client’s areas, with key UK independent suppliers in Surrey and Berkshire.
They have developed excellent working relationships over the years with Crowthorne Fencing in Ascot, they are part of the Lawsons Family business and operate on values similar to Ground Force Landscaping, trust, an honest approach, great value for money and consistently good service to their customers.
They also have two local independent stone suppliers, one in Langley, London Stone, who are a UK based company originally set up by 3 brothers in Stoke on Trent, all originally landscapers, so they know and understand what we are trying to achieve with our clients and for our Surrey clients, Silverland Stone, with their head office based in Chertsey and providing an excellent range of ethically sourced products.
WHAT SECTORS WE WORK IN
We work with a range of clients including, architects, garden designers, property investors and estate agents, and also our domestic clients, existing homeowners and owners of new builds with a blank canvass.
We have a range of commercial clients using us for both long- and short-term contracts and also one-off jobs, in all sectors of business and in all property types, with large and small gardens, shared and communal gardens, grass and verge maintenance.
We are experts in high footfall gardens e.g., pubs and entertainment venues as well as average footfall in private family gardens.