The brief: Even out the levels and create a sense of space in this narrow cottage garden bounded on one side by an ancient 4m high churchyard wall. Provide plenty of space for the client to indulge her passion for plants. Incorporate the existing sculpture into a new water feature, and create a small sheltered dining area.
A diagonal plan created a sense of movement and purpose in the garden, leading up through the levels with gentle shallow and broad steps, to a new green oak arbor and sandstone slab dining area. Cotswold stone was used to create dry-stone appearance retaining walls, with restrained shingle paths and shallow stone steps between the walls. Planting areas within the shingle are defined with corten steel edging.