Farmhouse, Hertfordshire

A new farmhouse in an open area of primarily arable landscape called for sensitive but brave design.

This project involving design and landscaping during 2003/4 was a total transformation, on a difficult open site of essentially chalky clay.

The design evolved to create new spaces within the garden, offering some shelter and a sense of enclosure, whilst acknowledging the open views and offering a sense of space within. This resulted in the creation of a large ‘natural’ pond, new tree and hedge planting, a circular garden enclosed with a stilt Lime tree hedge, a herbaceous border within, and ‘house borders’ with practical paths linking various elements of the garden and the house.

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