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Walled Garden, Buckinghamshire

Clear, inspiring design

Our client first commissioned us to produce design ideas for the grounds surrounding their home in rural Buckinghamshire, as a way of cracking some problematic areas and as a guide for its future development. Our landscape masterplan created a more picturesque parkland approach and sense of arrival; a simplified and more appropriate setting for the Queen Anne, Grade 1-listed house; new areas of garden around a proposed swimming pool; and a re-worked kitchen garden.

“The western half of the space was re-worked as a fruit, vegetable and cut flower garden with a new glasshouse, cold frames and dipping pool”.

Three years later, we were asked to produce detailed plans for the walled garden which transformed what was one large, flat, partly-cultivated space into a striking swimming pool garden in one half and a beautiful, working kitchen garden in the other. The key to that transformation lay in introducing varying levels to dramatise the approach, enhance the sense of enclosure, play with light and shadow, and create the opportunity for a pool infinity edge. The highest quality materials were specified, appropriate to this historic space. This beautifully-finished garden won us a 2019 SGD Award (large residential garden), and a 2014 BALI National Landscape Award for contractor J&S Scapes. 

“Exquisite on every level, the garden is a perfect display of good proportion, executed immaculately with well-thought out layers of planting.  Exceptional work.”

The Society of Garden Designers Judging Panel