Thursday, 29 May 2014

Land grab for Palm Oil in Liberia

Copy of petition RainForest Rescue against land grab exploitation in Liberia


Since 2012 communities affected by EPO’s operations in District no.4, Grand Bassa County, Liberia have clearly stated their objections to your company’s expansion on their customary land. These communities have met more than 20 times with local government officials and legislators to express their objections and documentary evidence suggests that EPO has attended several of these meetings.

On March 5th in a meeting between the government and communities from District no.4, Grand Bassa County, the President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, said EPO would not clear Jogbahn Clan land without community consent. The communities continue to say NO to your company’s expansion onto their land.

Despite this, your company is attempting to conduct Environmental Social Impact Assessments and High Conservation Value Assessments on their land. As these are requirements before land clearing begins, this implies you are not respecting the communities’ right to say no and are planning to clear their land. In any event, even implementing those preparatory activities with regard to Jogbahn Clan land would necessitate access to Jogbahn Clan land and the full participation of the community, which the community refuse.

Land clearance and other preparatory activities in these circumstances would be unlawful, as they do not respect communities’ right to give or withhold their Free Prior and Informed Consent, which is a requirement provided for under both national law and international law. Such activities would also place EPO in violation of its commitments under the RSPO principles & criteria.

Free Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) is a key principle of Liberia’s Community Rights Law (2009), which provides communities with a right to give or withhold their consent to activities planned on community land or which may impact on that land and the community. FPIC is also an established legal principle supported by numerous regional and international legal instruments to which Liberia is legally bound, including the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR).

As a member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), your company is also required to adhere to the RSPO’s Principles and Criteria, which include respect for the customary property rights of communities and FPIC.

Your company’s previous attempts to survey these communities’ customary land without their consent has led to violent conflict and accusations of severe human rights abuses. We urge you to listen to the Jogbahn Clan – NO means NO.


Say no to #PalmOil


Destruction of Rain-Forest in Cameroon

Copy of petition on RainForest rescue



Dear Mr. Jones,

I call on you and your company, Herakles Farms, to respect the work of environmental and human rights organizations and the fundamental rights to freedom of expression, information and association.

Furthermore, I call on you to drop all legal action against the environmentalist Nasako Besingi and the organizations SEFE and Nature Cameroon at once. Refrain from any form of intimidation and silencing of environmental and human rights organizations in Cameroon. These groups work peacefully to protect rainforests and the rights of communities in the regions in which Herakles Farms is active. Please abandon your palm oil project in the rainforest of Cameroon.

You can sign the petition at this link below

RainForest Rescue

Say No to Palm Oil say no to company's who use palm Oil in their products. 

Saturday, 24 May 2014

Design Elements By David Keegan Garden Design

Designs Elements, a series of postings of elements from my garden design projects. Each setting, view, or piece, was designed by me specifically for one of my projects.





Contemporary Sculpture Balls and Sculpture Garden



Design element 1

Sculpture balls. These were constructed using fake grass ball by Boule Gazon and mounted on top of stainless steel rods secured in place via concrete set steel tube. Each ball is also up-light spike spot and run on both sides of a stainless steel waterway creating dramatic effect whether day or night. The award winning gardens were created for a private client in Cheshire North West UK.



Sculpture balls design by David Keegan



Contemporary Oak Pergola

Design element 2 

I designed this pergola as i could not find anything readily available that fitted my vision for this area of the project. The side vertical panels create a sense of enclosure and privacy when viewed from the side but also frame the view from across the gardens. Untreated copper tubing is used fro cross lats in place of timber
Oak and copper pergola designed by David Keegan 

Side detail Oak Pergola designed by David Keegan

Close up detail of copper tube cross sections Oak Pergola designed by David Keegan

Contemporary  Electric Powder Coated Gates 

Design element 3 

I designer these gates specifically for this project as i could not find anything ready made that suited either the brief or the aesthetic i as aiming to achieve. 



Bespoke Oak Gate 

Design element 4

I designed the Oak  gates below to fit into an existing oak arch/pergola. The gates lead from a small inner formal lawn area to the orchard and and the small arboretum beyond. The gates were made and fitted by a local Cheshire based joiner. Constructed in green Oak they will silver down twist and turn a time passes very much the desired effect and aesthetic for this large project in Mobberley.

Bespoke Oak Gates designed by David Keegan

Bespoke Green Oak Fence and Bee Sculpture

Design element 5
Green oak fence designed by me for the same project as gates above, this is a handmade green oak fence. Each paling is cut to an irregular pattern and peg jointed to cross rail. This fence forms the backdrop to the arboretum.

Bespoke green Oak fence designed by David Keegan

The bee hovering over copper and steel flower set into stone monolith creates a focal point to end of path and gate beyond leading on into the filed and landscape beyond. The sculpture specially commissioned for the project is the result of a  collaboration with David Freedman.

Bespoke green Oak fence, gate, designed by David Keegan
Sculpture  bee landing on copper flower
by David Freedman
 in collaboration with David Keegan


Alison Crowther Oak Sculpture Seat

Design element 6
i purchased this Oak sculpture seat on behalf of my client to go into a woodland bog garden. The wood is untreated and deliberately allowed to age crack and weather as it will leading to a stone like patina. The seat is carved from a single piece of English oak harvested from weather fallen trees and to that end is sustainable. 

Oak Sculpture seat designed and made by English sculptor Alison Crowther

Welsh Slate and Oak grotto seat 

Design element 7
I designed this grotto seat to create a focal point across a garden and a quite place to sit and read a book. It was  hand made using small pieces of Welsh slate and English oak and had to be made in place due to the intricate nature of the curve and detail. 





Curved reclaimed brick and rendered sculpture walls

Design element 8
I designed these curved walls to act as dual purpose spaces in a small community garden. The outer curved wall create intimate enclosed meeting resting places with the base of opening acting as seats but also used at time as display points for pieces of sculpture and artworks made by members of the community center groups. The curved wall were constructed using reclaimed brick with the insets rendered and sides of opening clad in rusted steel for contrast. 

Rendered Raspberry pink walls with inset steel designed by David Keegan


View through the 3 curved walls 

 An added bonus the opening also create framed views of the gardens when viewed from different points.
Openings frame views of garden and planting beyond
 in this case the giant leaves of Gunnera





Oak Larch and Welsh Slate summer house

Design element 9

Summerhouse designed by David Keegan for a sun terrace

Cedar, reclaimed brick and York stone built pergola

Design element 10

Designs for pergola and gardens inspired by Gertrude Jekyll

Pergola designed by David Keegan


Pergola by David Keegan

Cantilevered dining platform 

Design element 11

Cantilevered deck platform designed by David Keegan




Gate and Fence


Design element 12

Gate and fence from a project in Greenfield in Saddleworth, High Peaks and is the result of another collaboration with UK  sculpture David Freedman. The gate and fence lead from fern garden to front hence the inspiration for the fern motif. 

Gate with fern leaf motif based on 'Harts tongue fern


Unique gate latch arrangement




To view the projects associated with these design elements why not visit my website port-folio page by clicking this link:    


I sincerely hope you enjoy the pictures and please feel free to comment or ask questions.
All pictures and work shown are are the copyrighted property of David Keegan © 2014 unless otherwise stated.
Do not copy, publish, or use in any way, without the prior consent of the owner, David Keegan. All deigns are the copyrighted property of David Keegan Garden Design. 



Picture size and quality is reduced for these postings in order to protect the integrity of the expressed and legal copyright © 2014

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Garden Design Project Bowden Cheshire, By David Keegan Garden Design

Current projects

A garden design project in Bowden in Cheshire North West UK

Gardens as first viewed. This will be exciting and challenging as client possess 5 beehives



Designs for a sensory Physic garden The Landscape Plan


 3D design models for new garden





This post and its contents and pictures is the copyrighted property of David Keegan Garden Design 2014-15 ©

Landscape Design Project, Willington Cheshire, By David Keegan Garden Design

Our current projects

Landscape design project Willington Cheshire North West UK
This is an ongoing project in Willington and phase one planting will begin next week, should be exciting.




Series of pictures taken first visit. Design plans finished landscape works phased first planting May 2014





Thursday, 8 May 2014

Ideal Home Show Manchester 2014, by David Keegan Garden Design

News Update

3 Times Winner Garden Designer of the year Northern Design Awards and International Landscape Design Award Winner, Garden Designer David Keegan to give free advice sessions at Ideal Home Show Manchester



Manchester sees the Ideal Home Show visit the city for the first time in its history. I will be taking part by offering free advice sessions. The Ideal Advice Center provides visitors the chance to book 30 minute sessions with experts specialising in Build, Interiors, Financial, Garden & Outdoor. I will be holding 30 minute garden & landscape design advice sessions on Friday 6th June and Sunday 8th of June. The Advice center opens from approx 11 am until 5 pm on both days and can be booked in advance on The Ideal Homes Show website.
I would strongly advise anyone interested to book in advance.