RHS Young Designer of the Year 2016
Representing an urban nature reserve, the garden creates a calm space for people to relax in the city and combines nature conservation with human health and wellbeing. Inspired by the hedgerows and wildflower meadows across the UK, the garden aims to highlight their importance as key habitats for wildlife. The clean lines and minimal hard landscaping juxtaposes the wild plants as nature encroaches on the city. The tiles give a twist on grey city paving, the slate are recycled roof tiles, and the rill represents gutters in urban water management. Wildflowers, important for pollinators and wildlife, are woven through soft grasses and ornamentals to bring together natural and cultivated plants. The shallow pond and island seating area give a calming area to relax, looking out across the garden surrounded by wildlife on all sides.