Wednesday, 20 August 2014
With winter rains now truly arrived this site has to be one of the wettest and muddiest i have worked on. With the site located as the lowest point in a quarter of a mile drop the water quite literally comes at a constant flow. This requires land drains everywhere and as you will see from the pictures below it does not take long for them to fill. Over the coming 2 weeks the retaining walls to create the upper terrace will go in, along with the curved staircase from upper level to summer house, than the site will close down for the winter with the balance of the build and planting to be undertaken March 2015.
The landscape plans for Bolton project. Further works on instillation of this project had to be postponed until march 2015 due to heavy rains.
3D images for new landscape plans
View from upper terrace to summer house. Curved rendered staircase will go here.
Retaining wall with drainage layer filling quickly with water.
Block set out ready for next phase of retaining walls.
The build on this project is now underway and as can be witnessed from pictures below its a mammoth task, but in a spectacular location.
I am delighted to have been asked to create a set of landscape designs for this private project located at the end of a hidden driveway and giving way onto one of the most secluded and wonderful aspects i have yet encountered. It is one of the very few homes in the Landscape of the United Kingdom, in what is a very crowded country, not to be overlooked, or indeed visible, to any other properties or houses. The real challenge here from a design point of view will be the terrain as the site is set on a very steep slope. Although the clients have to some extent reshaped the gradient into more flat areas there are still very dramatic level changes that will need to be dealt with. These level changes can be clearly seen from the topographic survey included in the pictures below. This will be a complex but exciting design challenge, and i am looking forward to getting started over the coming month. I include a couple of pictures below which give some indication of the true beauty of the location, with the house set atop a small valley location. It doesn't get much more natural or serene than this. I will update this post as the project progresses.
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Thursday, 7 August 2014
A visit to Hare Hill Woodland Garden, cared for by the National Trust UK, By David Keegan Garden Design
Hare Hill woodland gardens, National Trust UK, Macclesfiled Cheshire UK
Sweet little woodland garden and walled gardens, the opposite to Little Moretion Hall as there is a garden to visit but alas no house. I saw lots and lots of butterflies and bees swarm and feed among buddleia flowers. But it is a charming place with cool meandering woodland paths and ponds full of pea green duck weed that gives it a slightly eerie feel. Also full on wildlife. Simple yet tranquil and beautiful. The walled garden would be a lovey spot for a picnic.
A visit to Little Moreton Hall, Congelton, Cheshire National Trust UK, By David Keegan Garden Design
Picture diary of a visit to National Trusts Little Moreton Hall.
Visit to another National Trust property on what turned out to be a spectacular, and quintessential English summers day. A fascinating moated wobbley Tudor building that twists, shakes, and undulates with age, but somehow stays up. No garden here, apart from a very small Knot garden to the rear of the house, but still definitely worth a visit for all those interested in architecture. Personally i love the geometric nature of the lead work in the windows. I also love the exposed peg joints in the timber work. Also some beautifully naive and simple carving figures and detail to external courtyard area timber frame, pictures below. A truly remarkable historic building.
There is also a very good restaurant in the building where we had a good set lunch for a reasonable price.