Below are a selection of recent garden designs that have yet to be implemented by their owners for a variety of reasons or whose implementation I am not supervising.
Private garden, Brixton, SW8
This garden is a small, shady courtyard space, which has great structure but that is currently overgrown and a little scruffy. The brief was to make the space more coherant as well as to find a balance between having enough social space against soft, planted areas, The client is very happy with the design and saving up the money to find and buy the right stone and to get it built.
Private garden, Balham, SW15
The client liked her garden as it was but felt she could make more of it as an extension from the house and with a more thought through choice and layout of hard materials and planting plan. She also wanted to improve its value to wildlife. The client has since been thinking about moving out of London so has decided to put the implementation in hold.
Private garden, Kennington, SW11
The client was concerned that their good sized garden was unattractive to look at, had little play opportunity and was unsafe for their infant child. They liked the design but it exceeded their budget so rather than try to find cast saving measures that would compromise the design and features proposed they have decided to wait until they can save up a little more money to implement the design.
The Backyard Bee garden, Barking, London
The client wanted to develop a bee friendly garden, called ‘The Backyard Bee Garden’ at an educational centre in a bleak area of the Barking riverside. The brief was to create a garden that would showcase the damaging extent of the decline of bee species by demonstrating many ways to attract bees into gardens – even gardens in more desolate areas. The proposed design was a first stage sketch for the client to attract funding. I proposed a garden influenced by the industrial river landscape not unlike Derek Jarman’s famous garden at Dungeness using recycled and found materials such as rubble and sleeper paths and sculptural driftwood and steel structures.
Grove Vale allotments
The users association at these allotments had secured funding to improve their entrance and access around the site as well as to consolidate the wildlife area. I proposed opening the entrance up as a social area with wider views, seating and raised beds and improved path works, which would then merge into improved, wider system of paths across the site. The proposed plan was approved and the users associations have opened the implementation works to contractors to tender.
Dewy Pond, Sydenham Hill Woods / The Dulwich Estate
Dewy Pond is the only naturally sourced pond in Sydenham Hill and Dulwich Wood but it is in very poor condition. The blanket of duck weed and overhanging trees prevent light reaching the water resulting in a stagnant pond. The deep silt and decomposing leaf litter and dead wood material are creating an acidic environment and causing an unpleasent sulphuric smell. The existing fencing is decaying and unsafe and the banks suport no vegetation, therefore there is no habitat for wildlife.
The main objectives for the restoration of Dewy pond are:- To create a pond that is rich in biodiversity and benefits a good range of plants and animals, to improve the safety and aesthetic value of the pond area for visitors to Sydenham and Dulwich Wood, to create a sustainable pond that over time will serve as an essential habitat for local wildlife and to create a healthy environment for water from the improved River Ambrook to flow through and to the improve the form and bank structure and stability.
My plan strategy drawing was to assist London Wildlife Trust and the Dulwich Estate, who both have an interest in the management of the pond, to seek funding to restore the pond. I am delighted that they have been successful and have secured £50K from the SITA Trust to implement the plan and works have now commenced. Please go to the Sydenham Hill Wood blog by clicking here for updated information and here to open a separate pdf of images taken by Sydenham Hill Woodland Manager, Ashley White.