A Garden in The High Peak

This unique site is situated in The High Peak area of Derbyshire, high up in the Pennines. The house itself is a Grade 2 listed Georgian house, so we had to be careful to follow certain guidelines. The client had recently added a wonderful glass cube extension to the house to enhance their enjoyment of garden and the incredible views of the surrounding landscape. This view shows how well the glass cube sits with both the house and garden, while being distinctly new and modern. Getting a contrast right can often depend on going for the extreme. There were many challenges to completing the scheme, most notably the 4m high elevation to the site making access for materials and machinery…

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Cheshire Country Garden 20 years on

30 Years in Garden design As we approach our thirtieth year designing and building gardens, it is inevitable that I am drawn back to visit previous defining projects. I always think it can take 20 or more years before a garden shows its true maturity, with the relationship and interplay between trees, larger shrubs and small plants, becoming finally resolved. We have tackled a number of larger country gardens, the largest, near London, being 140 acres! These schemes need specific attention to get right, since they often include large tree and shrub planting, a forward looking vision is needed to plan and understand how this will resolve over many years to come. Country¬† Garden, Tarporley Cheshire This scheme was about…

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Large Nature Pond

This large garden needed a striking feature to make sense of the area away from the main garden, (formerly a horse Man√®ge). The clients also wanted a chill-out zone in contrast to the formality of the garden area nearer the house. (Newly Finished and Planted) The main design concept was to have a dramatic water feature, combined with a seating area and dramatic planting. This was achieved by applying the principle of two large circular ponds defined by inter-linking timber-sleeper pathways. The paved area was achieved using large stone off-cuts laid in an informal manner (with little or no pointing between) to allow for herbs and grasses to be planted in the gaps, and to be allowed to colonise (thyme,…

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Wraysbury

Wraysbury – We were proud last year to be asked to design and build a landscape on a large-scale at the famous Wraysbury lakes near Heathrow Airport.The Wraysbury Nature Reserve is a large (over 140 acres) of semi-wild landscape with SSSI status (Site of special scientific interest). History – It developed in the last 100 years primarily as it was used to quarry aggregates (for the Heathrow runways and other projects). As the sand and gravel was removed, the remaining pits were left to fill with water, attracting new plant life and, in turn, insects, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. By the time of the second World War, this process was already forming the lake at W1-Wraysbury Nature Reserve,…

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Two London Gardens

These two gardens in Putney are next door to each other. While the first garden was in the design stage their neighbour asked us to design and build them a new garden too. Normally their only access would be through their house, the remodeling of the first garden gave them the opportunity to use its gated access to construct their garden at same time. Reducing disruption for them considerably. The gardens are quite different in layout; one fairly traditional following a circular theme, the other more contemporary and rectilinear. The circular one has two concentric circles, the inner one featuring herbs, the outer regular shrubs. It also featured two beautiful medium sized olive trees, which gave the garden instant maturity.…

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