This case study is as much about the complications of delivering a garden as it is about the final outcome.

The house is in central London and we were brought in at a very early stage to work on planning applications for a new basement entailing complete removal of the existing gardens and the eventual replacement with a new garden.

The photographs show this process chronologically over a 3 year period.
This first photograph is of the original garden.

The existing garden was an overgrown formal arrangement. With the exception of one mature Plane tree most other plants had no particular merit and in some cases were diseased. Comprehensive reports on the existing plant stock relative to the benefits of bringing in new semi mature plant stock resulted in an agreement with the local authority to replace most plants.

The extent of the mature plane tree root system was determined by compressed air trench examination: the result of this process determined the approved basement footprint.

Protection of the plane tree root zone was followed by garden demolition and construction of the basement. Once the basement roof was constructed protective and drainage layers were formed followed by the importation of 1m depth of new soil which was premixed to achieve particular drainage and nutrient characteristics.

New key specimen trees and shrubs including Acers, Nyssa, Osmanthus and Oak were sourced from Europe. The hard landscape consisted of a mix of precise sawn paving and curved walls together with as found quarry stone pieces, some up to 7m long, all specifically chosen and numbered relative to their final arrangement. All the plants and hard landscape materials were craned over the house to their exact places in the new garden.

This is the design master plan. The remaining photographs show the garden when just completed.

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