Forging a garden

Set in historic Chenies, this project required a design which was sympathetic to the location and surrounds.

The project required a plan for three separate properties which are currently owned and used by the same family but may be used and sold as individual dwellings in the future.

The requirements was that all three work in harmony but can also be easily segregated at a future juncture.

The most pressing requirement was to create a garden for the ‘Old Forge’ which was undergoing conversion for residential use.
At the time of instruction, we were faced with a building site but a clear brief.

The client was keen to have a large entertainment space running ‘flush’ from the property, a screen between home and car parking, terracing to deal with the slope and a desire to re-use materials and create a space befitting the forge’s original use.

The finished garden has used gabion baskets to retain and terrace the garden. At the lower level, the gabion has been filled with roof tiles from the forge and then paved to create a simple bench. Elsewhere a old steel girder acts as the spout for a simple water feature. Stone filled gabions complete the terracing.
Limestone paving provides a traditional and mellow aesthetic and the old style ‘Rose Cottage’ paving bricks provide a rustic and aged finish.

A small gravel seating area at the top level captures the evening sun and screening is provided with a mesh fence covered in Ivy. The young planting is beginning to soften the space and a Cherry tree will begin to add height to balance the space.

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