Stylish Country Garden, Woldingham

This was a very steep acre site overlooking beautiful downs views. The house was large, red brick, a fairly recent developers project and very boxy, square and unforgiving.

The clients wanted to be able to use a lot more of the sloping space and to introduce lots of fun elements.

I broke the garden into five areas and four different levels. The bottom area being a sloping orchard and meadow, with mown paths. I added to the existing fruit trees, removed unwanted trees and opened the whole space up. Centering around 30m purple beech, I added a bespoke wooden bench, enclosed 'deer-proof' veg patch and 2 large compost bins. The next level was a set of contoured-stepped-levels leading to an adult Wendy House/office and then upward to a flat secluded tear. This was a space for future children to play and adults to sit in a shelter and keep an eye on the kids, as well as a requested adult slide. The upper level was of the same depth, reached by a generous central step feature and a 3.5m high sweeping cedar clad wall. The upper level was flat with an incredible view of the downs. To take full advantage of the view I created a large sunbathing and entertaining patio. The whole area was a series of soft, interlocking, triangular shapes to aid a slow and paused descent to the top level and enjoy the views en route whilst also soften the house area. To the left of the teared areas was a woodland slope area which acted as an alternative route to the bottom of the garden and back up.

An adults wonderland indeed!

Josh Ward BA (Hons), PG Dip, Dip Garden Design (HONC)     |     |     M: 078 1492 1491     |     T: 020 8802 8528     |     47 Haggard Road, Twickenham, London, TW1 3AL