Skelton Lakes Services, Leeds

Skelton Lakes Services, Leeds
Brambledown Landscape Services Ltd
Skelton Lakes Services


Motorists stopping for a break at the new Skelton Lakes service station on the M1 near Leeds can enjoy glorious landscaped lakeside gardens thanks to us, Landscaping firm Brambledown Landscapes Ltd and ABG Geosynthetics and Geogreen Solutions.

The Challenge

The new service station cost in excess of 60 million to build and includes a business centre, food and drinks outlets and a visitor area with a lakeside viewing deck.

Brambledown were tasked with the hard and soft landscaping for the new service station which had to tie in with the natural environment of the nearby Skelton Lake and Gardens.

The Solution

Brambledown constructed natural landscaping throughout the 30-acre service station site that includes 1000’s of Johnsons plants and a living green roof designed by ABG Geosynthetics & installed by Geogreen Solutions.

Our supply included more than 25,000 plants for the landscaping scheme, including more than 3,900 Persicaria ‘Darjeeling Red’, 3,600 Carpinus betulus, 2,800 crataegus monogyna and 1,100 Euphorbia griffithii ‘Fireglow’.

Also incorporated in the supply was over 400 trees, with varieties including over 60 Acer camp. ‘Streetwise’, 120 Betula pendula, 60 Alnus glutinosa and 45 Pinus sylvestris.

The development will form part of a ‘Green corridor’ linking Grade 1 listed Temple Newsam House to the north and Rothwell Country Park to the south.

The Result

Skelton Lakes is now open and aims to bring a new concept of the motorway service station to Yorkshire, with unprecedented levels of design set in acres of gardens.

Brambledown Director, Paul Curry said: “It was a pleasure to work with Johnsons again on such a large Commercial Landscape Project near Leeds. We have continued to plant thousands of trees and shrubs at Skelton Lakes Service Station throughout the Covid-19 pandemic while implementing all necessary Public Health England and Government industry safe working practices. It has been a very challenging project, but we have worked very closely with the client, and the main contractor to ensure our programmed landscape works could progress.