This project is a large
garden set in the South Hams area of Devon, a lovely rural part of the UK
countryside, east of Plymouth.
The original site
consisted of fields that had been planted with garden conifers. These were
visually unsuitable for the period of the house and did not fit in with
A particular requirement
was that the garden, although of a large size (6 hectares - 14 acres) should
required little in the way of maintenance.
Thus it was designed with
small areas laid out to gardens, with the majority of the site consisting of
parkland and coppice areas. New planting to encourage bird song together with a lake and a deciduous wood.
The landscaping work was
undertaken by a corporate member of the British Association of Landscape
The lower left photograph shows established background trees with grouped new trees in the middle ground, fronted with yearly pruned Pittosporum large shrubs. The soil is heavy wet acid clay. In the mild climate and wet conditions these plants grow well.