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Welcome to Beyond The Borders

Garden and Landscape Design Alton, Hampshire and Surrey

‘Beyond the Borders’ garden and landscape design based in Alton, Hampshire, provides a personal, imaginative and innovative garden design service covering Hampshire, Surrey and Cornwall.

Aylwin Nissen is a professionally trained and experienced garden designer with a lifelong love of gardens and an intuitive approach to spatial design, incorporating a sense of play and involvement. He has extensive experience in soft and hard landscaping, as well as construction and project management.

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A full range of garden design services

‘Beyond the Borders’ garden and landscape design offers you a full range of garden design services, tailored to your needs and preferences: from one-off consultation, planting schemes, to full garden design, construction monitoring or management, plant sourcing, planting and styling. Other services include specialist maintenance, restoration and rejuvenation of both small and large gardens and comprehensive plant cataloguing.



Working with Beyond the Borders over a 7 year period to create a stunning landscape for our ancient mill home has been a journey of collaboration and discovery. Working closely with Aylwin and Nicky, they designed and landscaped core elements of our garden creating a harmonious space encompassing the ancient oaks, renovated ponds, delightful brook, and a bog and woodland garden. We recommend Beyond the Borders highly.

Mr & Mrs Deering
Falmouth Cornwall

We were so pleased with the transformation of our front garden by “Beyond the Borders” that we had no hesitation a couple of years later in inviting Aylwin Nissen to weave his magic on our back garden too!

We’d give him top marks across the board – understanding and interpreting our requirements; beautiful designs; total mastery of the technical aspects including a detailed specification for tendering and complying with building regulations; liaising with the landscapers; managing the project. Aylwin is a man of integrity and very pleasant to work with. And we love the gardens.

Mr & Mrs Harvey
Epsom, Surrey

Aylwin produced a marvellous design for our garden, including both hard landscaping to deal with a sloping site and a planting plan that is still delivering delight eight years later. His design has been low – maintenance, yet luscious, given us colour and interest in all seasons and he has been with us every step of the way from finding us contractors through to providing the day-to-day expertise and practical hands on help to develop the garden.

Mr & Mrs Fenton
Epsom, Surrey

Free initial consultation

Aylwin offers a free initial consultation for prospective garden designs within a 20 mile radius of Alton, Hampshire, such as Alresford, Farnham, Guildford, Haslemere, Winchester and surrounding villages. For those that live further afield, travel costs may be negotiated.

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