Originally a substantial flint farmhouse, this impressive home had become divorced from much of its original land and setting. The formal façade faces away from the 9 acre plot in which it sits and a relationship needed to be formed between garden and house. Planning permission was gained to bring the 9 acres of land into the garden and this needed to accommodate both a swimming pool and a tennis court. The land ran steeply away from the house and a visual relationship needed to be made between the two.
The solution included sculptural re-grading of much of the land. The narrow stretch of ground running parallel to the main façade was formalised as a long sweeping lawn leading to a broad set of shallow curved steps that begins the climb into the new garden. A series of level lawns was established using cut and fill techniques. These lawns become increasingly more informal with naturalised planting that blends into the landscape at the furthest extent of the garden. The re grading allowed us to nestle the swimming pool and tennis court into the garden without them becoming visually dominant and over powering in the landscape.
This was essentially a soft landscape scheme so the biggest material used by far was soil!! Grading was used to create a sculptural form that defined the views and character of the garden and is reinforced by various grass maintenance regimes, tight mown grass, rough grass and long grass are all important features. The majority of the ornamental planting is in the lower sections of the garden where there is a greater visual relationship with the house. As the garden climbs away the planting becomes naturalised with trees and indigenous shrubs with sweeps of naturalised ground covers and indigenous flowering material.