I’ve been in practice as a landscape and garden designer since 2000 and have enjoyed a steady accumulation of fascinating clients with equally fascinating projects. One’s method for designing and creating a garden also grows gradually and thoughtfully, as does one’s team. The process of designing has become, for us, a well-considered progression through analysis of the location we inherit, understanding our clients, their lives and their wishes, the soil, the existing plants and creatures living there, the wider landscape and the climate. As we now work all over the world this sensitivity to basic principles is unvaryingly helpful.
We feel established in our belief that if one approaches the work with integrity then the result is attractive in every sense of the word. Our clients have been great advocates of our work. Some of the resulting gardens are well published and others are quieter and less visible. All share our commitment to beautiful craftsmanship and intelligent planting. The styles vary considerably yet the principles remain firm. We build to last.
Our work has been very well received and we have gained many awards for it. We attract an extraordinary level of interest from the press and have been widely published in Europe and the USA.
Last year I became a board member of the Therapeutic Landscapes Network in Beacon, America. This is a non-profit organisation that provides information, education and inspiration about the relationship between Health, Well being and Landscapes.
I am also a longstanding member of the Garden Writers Guild, and recently was delighted to become a Brother of the Artworkers Guild.
- Ravishing Beauty, Gardens Illustrated, Jun 2009 (1.3MB)
- Spirit and Place, The Times Weekend Review, Oct 2006 (1.1MB)
- Vertical Thinking Easy Living, Jun 2006 (1.5MB)
- Where to Find Inspiration, Easy Living, Jun 2006 (1.9MB)
- Real Gardeners, Gardens Illustrated, May 2006 (384kb)
- The Secret Garden, Antiquarian Book Review, Jan 2006 (2.1MB)
Ecology and Sustainability
Ecology and Sustainability
Wherever possible we aim to make our projects sustainable. This isn’t a new fad for us but an underpinning philosophy. In all honesty the world we live in presents many paradoxes to the process but taking this into account we aren’t doing too badly.
On most projects now, both in town and country we look into the following:
On most small estates and farms there are redundant barns that need a new lease of life. There are often neglected bits of woodland needing care and attention. Inevitably there are houses needing heat. By combining the three things and adding the needs of a human being wanting employment we have found a perfect synthesis. We are completing a five house scheme in Suffolk that will bring the Anglo Saxon relic woodland back from the brink of destruction, employ a woodman, heat five substantial houses and prevent an Historic Suffolk Barn sliding further into decay.
Two further projects are being designed from scratch to accommodate woodchip boiler technology.
Reed Beds and Sewage Recycling
Not getting very far with this as the cost and upkeep issues are a bit of a turn off to most clients who don’t have the manpower to sustain it. I am planning to undertake more research. Once one person does it successfully then I imagine more will follow. Any helpful advice would be very welcome.
Water Saving- Underground Storage and Ponds
Being part Mediterranean has made me a water saving fool for years. I rarely water my own garden unless its slops from the house. Plant properly, is my motto. On top of that we now include underground roof water tanks to many projects. It’s basic but useful. Big underground tanks and a small pump. Amazing how fast they fill and empty. Also BRING BACK PONDS. We always check historic records for pond locations and try and reinstate them. No house was ever built far from water. Every home should have one.
In the last seven years I have planted over 1 million pounds worth of native hedges surrounding gardens I’m making. These hedges are always locally specific mixes and are very high in fruit and nut content. The advantages are simple; food for wildlife and man, pollination and food for bees and insects, over wintering sites, nesting sites, wildlife corridors, deer protection (they can’t jump a high hedge), small mammal protection, habitat for slow worms, beauty for the eye of the beholder, harvests, scent, cut flowers, wind protection and so the list goes on. They are the ultimate in consumer pyramids and work exceptionally well even in town.
In the main I plant large trees and shrubs sourced from well established German trade nurseries. The quality is exceptional and not available in the UK. The road haulage is not especially eco friendly but there are no alternatives so far.
For ornamental planting my view is always to design to the site conditions. The planting style I like has a natural rhythm with the course of the year. I like to leave most herbaceous over winter and cut back hard in spring, a bit like a hay cut. Its fairly rough and ready but the results are good. Luckily this is in fashion. I’ll probably carry on when the fashion fades!
A Domestic Landscape: Outdoor/Indoor
Limited Edition Book: A Domestic Landscape
Outdoor/Indoor is a limited edition two part folio book that documents the interior and exterior landscape of a semi derelict early Victorian
workman’s cottage, and its gardens, hidden deep in Sussex woodland.
It is a unique collection of eighty three toned black and white photographs commissioned by Jinny Blom and taken by Charlie Hopkinson. Printed and
bound to order in a limited edition of 50.
Limited Edition Prints
9 images from the book are also available as fine art prints in 3 different sizes, unframed or framed and signed by the artist. They are
printed on archival matt paper and each size is in a limited edition of 15.
Available as a set of three, SPORE stools are the first in a new range of indoor and outdoor furniture made of a unique eco friendly mouldable
stone. They were a commissioned design for a permanent installation at London’s Design Centre Chelsea Harbour, which recently won a prestigious
BALI Landscape Award.