An Established Creation

An established creation

An established creation

Glimpses beyond

An established creation

An established creation

Packed borders

An established creation

An established creation

An exquisite sculpture

An established creation

An established creation

The garden just finished in 2001

An established creation

An established creation

Eighteen years later

An established creation

An established creation

Southern yellow pine boardwalk

An established creation

An established creation

...has stood the test of time

An established creation

An established creation

Leading to a tranquil seating area

An established creation

An established creation

Eryngiums flourish

An established creation

An established creation

Valerium thrives

An established creation

An established creation

Echinops ritro and lady’s bedstraw

An established creation

An established creation

Reclaimed chimney pots

An established creation

An established creation

Sea hollies

An established creation

An established creation

Scabious and lady’s bedstraw

An established creation

An established creation

Chimney pots as water features

An established creation

An established creation

Magical combinations

An established creation

An established creation

Asters and lavender

An established creation

An established creation

Glacial boulders

An established creation

An established creation

Cut-leafed Alder

An established creation

An established creation

Through the looking gate

An established creation

An established creation

Echinops ritro

An established creation

An established creation

The wider landscape

An established creation

An established creation

Scabious

An established creation

An established creation

Valerium

An established creation

An established creation

…and in to the wider landscape

Project details

Few people ask ‘what will my garden look like in 20 years?’ So its highly pertinent to look back on one of our earliest creations with a mixture of pride and warmth. Designed by Paul Shaw and Rob Jones in 2001, the garden is a supreme example of sustainability. The back garden is dominated by a man made water feature which appears so natural. Occupying two thirds of the garden, the scale works, by borrowing the uninterrupted views of the surrounding Chiltern Hills. Swathes of naturalistic plantings soften the edge whilst a boardwalk of Southern Yellow pine, sitting in and above the pond, entices you across, and is still completely sound.

Meanwhile the front garden offers a practical solution to the annual arrival of a car or lorry careering out of control down a hill opposite as black ice catches drivers unaware, hence the mound of water worn glacial boulders and a natural planting of Alders and Birch.

Beautifully and sensitively maintained and nurtured by the owners, the garden is a paradise for them and the 70 different types of birds that have been recorded, as well as weekly visits from badgers, foxes and deer.

If you’re wondering about any of the wonderful pieces in the garden – they can all be found below.

Birdbath:
Diana Barraclough, Hungerford
www.dibarraclough.org.uk

Three Dancers sculpture
Lucy Unwin, Burford
www.lucyunwinsculptures.com

Wire Alium (behind the decking)
Lucy Strachan
www.thesculpturewebsite.co.uk

“Hobbit” gate
Designed by client and created by James Noble from a Sussex oak which fell during the 1987 hurricane.
www.organicfurniture.co.uk

Arched gate
Created by local craftsman, Robert Plumridge, imitating a design found on the Highgrove Estate

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