Contemporary Country Garden, New Forest

When we first saw this garden, we were struck by its wonderful location and its unique connection to the New Forest. The garden faces out onto the open heathland of the forest, yet it seemed cut off from its surroundings with no sense of place.

We wanted to open out the garden and introduce views to the surrounding landscape without making it feel too exposed. We established a series of curved beds and threaded trees and plants of varying heights through the garden to create privacy screens for the terrace and to frame the views from other vantage points. The curved beds made the garden feel larger and led the eye out to the heathland beyond, where it connected naturally with the native woodland. Where the garden boundary met the forest, we introduced a circular wildflower meadow and a sculptural bench to continue the rhythm of gentle curves and echo the adjacent landscape.

The bench, made in Purbeck drystone and sited alongside the meadow, featured a double arc. This ensured your attention rested within the landscape rather than stopping in the garden as you meandered through.

Closer to the house and the terrace, we created flower beds planted with ornamental grasses that blended seamlessly out to the meadow as the garden moved to the landscape beyond.

“The benchmark of excellence set by the adjudication panel is always extremely high and the exemplary standards of professional excellence you have achieved with your award entry in your award category is a credit to you and to those who have been instrumental in delivering your quality scheme”

Chief Operations Officer Judges, BALI

BALI Chief Operations Officer Judges comments: “The quality of the design submission was excellent with bespoke CAD drawings, complex planting plan, an excellent overview layout and copious amounts of information for the contractor building the garden. This is a very transformative scheme that makes excellent use of the space.”

The garden won a BALI Design Excellence Award in 2013 and was featured on ITV’s Love Your Garden.