Recent and Current Work
The last few years have been busy!
A large project at Kelling Hospital in Holt was started in 2015 and the gardens were completed and opened summer 2017. I was asked to undertake designs for two areas;
Create a garden at the back of the hospital suitable for patients, staff and visitors. It was to viewed from the new day room but not to block the view of the old chapel.
The main path was to be level and generous, suitable for two wheelchairs side by side, there should be plenty of areas to sit, a covered gazebo and beautiful planting.
Main garden before
Plan coming together
PINEHEATH WARD GARDEN
This is a narrow strip between Pineheath Ward and the road.
The area was to be fenced but visible from the road. Separate themed bays were to be designed and the area is to be accessed by patients directly from the ward doors, possibly allowing beds to be taken outside. We settled on a seaside garden and a railway theme as the local North Norfolk Poppy Line steam train is adjacent to the hospital.
Further into the design process I was requested to add an area to be used for outside physiotherapy. This included steps, a cobbled area, astro turf, loose gravel and low gates, all to help patients adjust to walking on these surfaces after leaving hospital.
Work continued on a beatutiful contemporary house – BLISS Blakeney. I started by designing the front area of the main house overlooking the marshes at Morston. This included the planting of mature Pinus austriaca and Quercus ilex underplanted with Ulex europaeus, two large linked circular lawns were laid, large swathes of plants were added including Tamarix, Buddliea, Calamagrostis, Hebe, Salvia and Stipa, a coastal wildflower mix was sown on the areas around the lawns, and two interlocking S shaped Hawthorn hedges were planted to screen the drive.
Next the main courtyard was completed. Large slabs of porcelain paving leads from the entrance to the main doors. Extensive wooden decking on two levels surround a raised swimming pool. Sections of painted block walls were built to divide some areas and a charred wood pergola added to one section. An outdoor kitchen and shower were installed. Large palms (Trachycarpus fortunei) fig trees and several beds of planting added. See below.Before
The last few years have continued with a constantly busy portfolio. Working on diverse the few years have projects from barn conversions, town houses, cottages and new builds my recent gardens have included:
- The café garden at Back to the Garden in Letheringsett
- A courtyard garden at the new Cromer hospital, which includes a planted fishing boat and a fish and crab pebble mosaic
- Restoration of a walled town garden
- A cliff top garden on several levels
- Raised beds for vegetable, herb and fruit growing
- Bespoke water features and sculpture, including a wall mounted fish, a lead fountain and a mural of the Roman godess Ceres
- An open sided building with a composite decking floor and cedar shingle roof
- A purpose made children’s play area with turf dinosaur, a platform with ladders, a shade sail and a sunken trampoline
- And many beautiful planting schemes including:
Orchards and woodlands, seaside planting, pleached trees for screening, formal parterres with clipped box edging and lavender
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Back to the Garden
The Café garden at Back to the Garden in Letheringsett in North Norfolk was a great success and in December featured in the Journal for the Society of Garden Designers Review of the Year – Commended by the judges in the best transformations category.