A GARDEN WOODLAND
Area: 3 acres
The mound was a feature in medieval gardens created to enhance views, so there could be no better place to create one than here placing it so that we make a frame out of the existing oaks, really bringing the view into full focus. The mound is low and will in time be hidden by layers of shrubs, so that arrival at the destination will offer a spectacular surprise.
The design by Beautiful Wild creates interest for the family with flowing spaces and areas to rest, to meander, to absorb stunning views, to entertain and to play. In every aspect of the design we also consider the wildlife dimension. Wildlife gardens do not need to be overly messy formless places: there is a balanced place in which wildlife can be nurtured in gardens which are also delightful for people.
Three wishes guided this design; enhance glorious views; bring the featureless plot to life whilst keeping it rooted within its setting; and make 3 acres manageable by the clients in a few weekend hours. The answer was simplicity - and trees. 80 were chosen for the diversity of wildlife they would support and their suitability to the site. Delicate Prunus yedoensis blossoms around the house in spring. Summer is low key in shades of green; but autumn glows with Nyssa, Liquidambar, Gingko, purple beech and cherries. In winter, stems of Tilia cordata 'Winter Orange' are highlighted in low light.
Capability Brown perfected the technique of the managed series of views: we were inspired to created natural stopping points with forks in paths, and clearings. A main destination is the path sloping around a low mound and opening between shrubs, (eventually), into the full impact of an oak framed view.
The great existing oak is now at the centre of a large newly formed glade, its swing seat a treasure to be stumbled upon. In the Swedish style (inspired by the house), fruit trees are discovered along sunnier edges of the new woodland. Further on, a circle of hawthorn, scarlet blossomed in May, awaits a small arbour one day - wood burner, chair and writing table - private yet connected to the house by glimpses back through the trees, a room of one's own.