sustainable landscape design
for people, nature and climate

Benhill Nature Garden


The Benhill Community Garden in the London Borough of Southwark used to be an overgrown, scruffy plot of land adjacent to the Brunswick Park Primary School. It was the creepy sort of place you would not want to walk through alone day or night – if you could even get into it.  There had been a nature garden on the site many years before but it had been long neglected and was little more than a rubbish dump and possibly a site of illegal activities.

Elaine worked closely with London Wildlife Trust, the London Borough of Southwark Parks and Ecology department together with the local community to develop a design that maximised community interaction with wildlife and nature. The design aimed to enhance the space to incorporate as much habitat as possible together with good access points, natural play for children, seating and social areas and peaceful places for people and nature.

The site had plenty of wildlife potential
Strategic Masterplan
A well established, habitat rich, open space
Compost, log piles and nectar rich planting
Nectar rich ornamental planting
Delightful meadow area
The good sized pond is establishing nicely
Integrated natural play area
New decking area for pond dipping
A helpful interpretation board for visitors