Rural gardens offer tremendous opportunities to connect the private space with the surrounding countryside.

 

Surrounded by fields on a lane with former farm workers buildings the owners had built a timber barn and were wanting a complete overhaul of their property. Old retaining walls were knocked down and deteriorating retaining walls dismantled and re-used as hard-core. The garden picks up on the sweep of the contours of the surrounding landscape. The new driveway is a mellow colour and the grass and herbaceous planting is designed to pick up the cross winds.

"We are so pleased. It's brilliant and has brought so much light into the garden. The whole project has been a very enjoyable, creative experience." Mr & Mrs D-S.
 

The owners loved the sense of being open to the countryside and the views over the downs. Unfortunately trees had been planted up the middle of the garden, the pond cut the garden in half and there was a dangerous drop from the edge of the pool down to the lawn. By reducing the size of the pond, removing the unwanted trees and putting in paths and lawns that were usable for the young and old the garden became much more family friendly.

"Fantastic; it is so much more open and usable now; my grandchildren love the slope and charge around safely. Their Mums are much happier too!" Mrs T.
 

The existing garden had panoramic views of the chalk stream valley but contained ill-fitting features inherited from the time it was the village hall. The client took up the design suggestion to use the spoil from the extension footings to build up the lawn area and so hide the crude metal boundary railings. Borders and paved areas were shaped to echo the local meandering waterways and meadows. 

"The design of the garden is innovative and extremely sympathetic with it's position in the landscape. We like the whole ambiance. The use of sinuous curves are very clever. We would certainly recommend you to others though the garden says it all". Mr & Mrs F.