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Dig It Landscapes
  • Torfaen
    NP4
We launched Dig It Landscapes February 2004 and since then no matter what the size or condition of the terrain we have worked hard to give our clients an outdoor space to be proud of. We provide the full landscape design from 'scratch,' on a weekly/monthly maintenance schedule, or are available on an 'as and when' needed basis.

 

Based in Pontypool, they have clients all over South Wales - from Monmouthshire to Cardiff, and everywhere in-between!

 

"We provide a first-class service as standard, to ALL of our customers, which ranges from Local Councils, Commercial & Industrial Grounds, to local residents.

 

Our customers are the key

 

With Dig It Landscapes, you pay for a quality service and product that will always prove excellent value for money. We support the Buy Local ethos and where ever possible use local suppliers.

 

Dig It Landscapes already have a solid-base of regular customers - but are looking to expand their portfolio, since becoming members of the best of Torfaen we've been able to link-up with other local businesses and pool our resources when necessary, whilst maintaining our own independence. It's been a 'win-win' situation for us and for our quality-team of reliable sub-contractors." Paul and Megan also run Lily White.

 


Paul and Megan Dovey head the family-business which was founded in February 2004.

 

Paul, originally from Newport, went to work for British Steel as soon as he left school. Twenty-seven-years later, he was made redundant - and with no 'worthwhile' qualifications - he thought finding another job would be pretty difficult!

 

"Looking back though, I was really very fortunate, in some ways." He says. "Although losing the job at the Steelworks was devastating, I couldn't afford to sit about 'moping'. From a very early age, I was always interested in gardening. It was my hobby, and took up most of my spare time. A local landscaping business was taking on and I went to see them - and fortunately, they gave me a new start in the landscaping and gardening business!"

 

That was until December 2003 - when Paul was once again laid off, as the company he worked for then, went into liquidation!

 

"I'll never forget that day. - At least with British Steel, we all kind of saw it coming - but with the landscaping business, not a word had been said, it came right out of the blue! I had left for work as usual that last morning, and an hour later, I was back outside my own house - and out of work!"

 

With Christmas looming, it couldn't have come at a worse time.

 

"I'd never felt so low!" I couldn't even bring myself to go into the house to tell Megan. I rang and told her, from the van!

 

At that time, Megan had only just given up her job with a National Energy Supplier, but over the Christmas period, she and Paul had endless discussions about the future.

 

At the job centre we were asked what we could do and the idea of Paul starting his own landscaping business just seemed to 'pop up' in the conversation! Paul was most concerned about the administrative-side of things, because he had had no experience whatsoever of working in an office-type environment."

 

Paul could run the manual side of things, he's always been brilliant in the 'great outdoors' and Megan’s strength has always been in administration, planning and design." (Megan is a qualified interior designer. - "Not the same as landscape gardening granted, but 'a good eye is a good eye,' regardless of the project!") The idea took hold, and before we really knew it, we were talking about what we'd call it!

"We realised that together, we made the perfect team - so the decision was made!"

 

And the name…………..Dig It Landscapes! A bit of a (in family) joke.

 

So how did we start? Like most new businesses at the bottom, we printed out some self-made leaflets - and Paul went around pushing them through the doors in Pontypool. By lunchtime of that first day, Megan had five appointments booked from interested parties! Before the week was out, another - retiring - landscaper had introduced Paul to eleven of his customers."

 

Their first-year in business flew successfully by. Years two and three were even better!

 

But on October 18th, 2008 - another date the Dovey family won’t forget in a hurry - Megan was seriously injured when a vehicle driven by a Newport man, reversed into her, not once - but twice - pinning her between his vehicle and their own. The seriousness of her injuries was not that apparent at first, and she was released from hospital without even the benefit of pain-killers. But as the days turned into weeks and then months, Megan’s' mobility became severely restricted, and the level of pain became almost unbearable. Further investigation revealed serious compression-injury of muscles, ligaments and other soft-tissues, for which she is still undergoing regular treatment and therapy.

 

The accident also had a significant impact on the business. Megan was no longer able to visit prospective new clients on her own, as her own mobility, and her ability to drive, was and remain severely impaired.

 

But where’s there’s a will there’s away. Our clients were wonderful, many finding extra work for Paul to do or referring us to others.

 

Based in Pontypool, they have had clients all over South Wales - from Monmouthshire to Cardiff, and everywhere in-between! Over the last few year we have concentrated on the local areas of Pontypool, Cwmbran, Griffithstown, New Inn, Newport, Usk, Blaenavon to name a few.

 

"We provide a first-class service as standard, to ALL of our customers, which ranges from Local Councils, Commercial & Industrial Grounds, to local residents.

 

Our customers are the key, From building and or supplying patios, decking, garden sheds, greenhouses or summer houses and fencing.

 

With Dig It Landscapes, you pay for a quality service and product that will always prove excellent value for money. We support the Buy Local ethos and where ever possible use local suppliers.

 

Dig It Landscapes already have a solid-base of regular customers - but are looking to expand their portfolio, since becoming members of the best of Torfaen we've been able to link-up with other local businesses and pool our resources when necessary, whilst maintaining our own independence.

 

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In September 2017
New Inn Client said

Made a good job of my garden, good tidy worker and very pleasant, very punctual and pleasure to have them working in my garden , would recommend them to my friends