Child friendly

Holiday cottages, Cornwall

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A spacious plot with one home is being developed into two high end cottages.  Our brief was to make the most of the budget to create elegant seaside gardens affording views over the new houses to the sea beyond.  There is provision for games rooms/hot tubs at the top of the site and also [...]

Woodland retreat, Berkshire

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My clients were renovating their home and keen to create a secluded woodland garden which would provide plenty of space for relaxing, entertaining and for the kids to be free. We designed a wooden hot tub looking up into the branches of an oak tree, a kitchen garden with a bespoke fruit cage system and [...]

Steeply sloping garden, Bath

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My client is building a new home in Priston, near Bath and would like a garden to complement the rural setting.  It must include dining seating for 10, an outdoor living room with fireplace, an outdoor kitchen, a vegetable garden, rich planting and views over the new house across the valley. The garden must also [...]

Woodland family garden, Cheam

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This garden creates the transition between a modern house and a recently purchased wild wood.  Near the house paving is linear and formal, arranged in a way which allows for future extension of the house.  There is then a cosy seating area for a BBQ near the house and some storage for a few garden [...]

Fernside Road, London

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A small garden which needs to work hard: space for children to play, space for a BBQ, space to eat outside and a gorgeous view.  The solution was to turn the design to an angle, creating two triangular borders.  Feature lighting on the rear wall creates a point of interest as well as giving a [...]

Balham Park Road, London

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My clients in Balham were extending their house and also had a new baby.  The garden was previously filled with brick paving and overlooked, a common London problem.  The design needed to create a lush, tranquil space to be enjoyed largely in the evening, which would balance the new extension.  Opposite a large window a [...]

Honeybrook Road, London

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A small and shady garden in London needed to provide space to play, store toys and grow cottage garden style plants.  An existing shed needed to stay but be integrated into the space and an existing patio needed to stay but have a new step to link it to the lawn. We used softwood horizontal [...]

Trinity Road, London

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A garden for a lively family - the property has an existing shed which could become a garden office, and three gorgeous cherry trees. A trampoline for the kids has been sunken in the garden and the spoil from the hole used to create a safety bank stopping the children from bouncing into the shed [...]

Dinas Powys, Wales

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My clients live in a family home with a large, well stocked garden.  Between the house and garden was an expanse of block paving which was being built into to extend the kitchen, changing the views from the house and also giving an opportunity to update the paving.  My brief was to create a low [...]

Whitehill, Bradford-on-Avon

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A new artists studio has been built in the curtilage of a stone house on a hill on the outskirts of Bradford-on-Avon.  This garden needs to work hard - in a small space there is a compost system allowing the owner to see the progress of the flora and fauna in the organic matter, an [...]

King’s Road, Kingston

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The garden was neglected and overgrown, with a build up of soil around the edges.  My clients were using the centre of the garden as a seating area as the plants had overtaken the rest of the space.  The side return was a generous size and filled with York stone paving which had sunk.  We [...]

Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey

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Working with fellow designer Matthew Childs I designed a fantastic 'Secluded Garden' within Hampton Court Palace, originally planned to open for the Queen's Jubilee in 2012.  Our brief was to create an accessible sensory garden for visitors who currently don't visit Hampton Court.  Matt and I have taken the concept one step further to create [...]

Robertson Street, London

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A small, overlooked patch of Clapham had the potential to become a chic entertaining space.  The garden already had slate tiles which we wanted to keep, and the rest was a brick box with slate chippings - not ideal for a new baby to play on.  We built raised beds to contain interesting, textural plants [...]

Gosberton Road, London

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My clients have a small child and entertain at home most weekends.  The garden needed to be child friendly, low maintenance and to look great - as well as provide space for 8 people to eat and to cook outside.  We built an outdoor kitchen using a Firemagic countertop grill for convenience and a [...]

The Eden Project, Cornwall

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The Eden Project were looking for a solution for a small strip of land along the edge of the Mediterranean Biodome, and for the entrance from the main car park. I designed a barefoot walkway for the edge of the biodome, where visitors can remove their shoes and walk through increasingly complex plants before washing [...]