What we did
Positioned within the conservation area of Charnwood Forest on a site of approximately 0.6ha, the scope of the project was to design all elements of the outside space of a large private residence, including walls, paving, steps, structures and a comprehensive planting plan. The design brief was a challenging one – to accommodate rapid changes in levels and to use retaining structures that would accentuate rather than impose, and that could accommodate planting to further soften the effect.
The client wanted “drama and visual impact” and these wishes were accommodated with the form and line of the design and resulting planting. The walls create terraces to soften the changes of level and the lines are gentle, organic curves which provide a smooth landscape which reaches out beyond the garden boundaries to the greater landscape and horizon beyond.
Planting includes swathes of herbaceous plants, grasses and roses to emphasise English garden themes. Varying obelisks create repetition and height ranges across the garden. Circulation around the garden is via curving bound gravel paths, punctuated with seating to enjoy continuous exposure to sunlight.
Interpreting and translating the client’s brief, creating a dramatic yet softened English garden, bathed in sunlight
Leading the process from brief, through planning and construction, to completion
A buffer zone of planting along the boundary satisfied planning requirements and blended well with the overall organic flow of the garden.