Family Garden, Bickley

The Design Brief

Following a complete renovation of the house, we were asked to create a more cohesive garden space with areas for entertaining, relaxing and playing, with a clear journey between them and a beautiful aspect with a nod to the Arts and Crafts style of the house. Planting to attract wildlife was also a key factor.

The Challenge

A large site with a steep slope towards one corner and an existing, decommissioned water feature which needed to be removed. The site is in a conservation area so all trees are protected and needed to be incorporated into the design.

The Design Solution

A traditional, wrap-around terrace is added to compliment the house with wide, colourful perennial borders giving a haze of planting through which to see the larger garden. The levels are completely re-worked to provide a formal, rectangular lawn space above with steps leading down to a natural, wilder area below with new tree plantings and wildflower meadow. A long, straight path to the side of the garden leads through an avenue of fastigiate hornbeams to a communal circular seating area for evening entertaining, providing a long view down the garden.