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The walled kitchen garden at the Forty Hall Estate is arguably the best loved feature of the historic site, known to locals (who have visited the site since the Parker-Bowles family sold it to the local Council in the 1950’s) as the Rose Garden.

Despite vandalism, anti-social behaviour, sabotage, previous unsympathetic planting, the interment of human remains, unleashed dogs, grey squirrels, a skeleton staff and a free draining gravel soil, the garden continues to win Gold at the local ‘in bloom’ competitions!

 

 

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These images from Greenway’s website show the scheme I designed in 2003/4, and planted in 2004 at maturity. The vegetation reflects endemic and native plant communities representing sclerophyllic, maquis and garigue groups as found on the Aghios Lazarus peninsula and throughout the Cyclades. This project was the largest habitat creation/ enhancement scheme associated with  the 2004 Olympic Games.

sea change 2030

The Sea Change 2030+ organised by the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects was an ideas competition, intentionally ‘open’ for any type of landscape / seascape proposal for the Sydney Harbour responding to global climate change and sea level rise.

The solution offered by me and talented graphic designer Kamila Matla was a floating bio-remediation island linked to form modular archipelagos.

The multi-functional structure contains shellfish lines for sewage absorbtion and carbon sequestration, artificial reef habitat, intertidal mud banks with options for a nesting beach, sun bathing beach or mangrove plantation.

This solution offers a short-term staging post for displaced populations until sea levels stabilise and natural / semi natural landforms and habitats evolve.

Considering we were a two person team and the top three teams contained an average of ten people, we were very pleased to be one of five projects featured on the AILA’s web page.

Vertical Green Wall 09

Designed by world renowned botanist and pioneer of the mur vegetal system, Patric Blanc, this interior wall covered approximately 3.7 x 7 metres.

The clients requested me to coordinate the construction of the structure, oversee the irrigation and ‘secret fabric’ installation, and personally undertake the planting of the sub-tropical plants from receipt of delivery of the plants from Paris to completion of the wall.

Despite the house being full of painters and decorators at the time, we managed to plant-up the entire surface in under two days, with the help of a pneumatic staple gun and scaffolding.

 

Woodland in Huntingdonshire

Most people are unaware that Huntingdonshire, a now extinct county of England (contained as a district of Cambridgeshire) contained numerous private and Royal forests in the Middle Ages.

Three years of local, regional and national research, culminating in a year’s hard graft as a mature student at Cambridge University’s Madingley Hall  enabled me to reconstruct local elements of the Anglo-Saxon to Tudor landscape and plot of the extent of five forests as recorded in Plantagenet-Tudor Huntingdonshire.

We can now state, sourcing primary and secondary evidence that there were at least three Royal Forests, three Royal Haga sites (Norman forest nuclei derived from Anglo-Saxon hunting enclosures) a fenland forest and an episcopal Chase, with boundaries contiguous to the Anglo-Saxon established Ramsey Abbey Banlieu boundary.

My plans and transcribed/ translated medieval perambulations are available on www.posthumousplans.co.uk.

I am now researching the County (and others in south east England) in further detail for an MPhil/PhD in Archaeology, assessing the extent and specialisation of Anglo Saxon woodland pastures.

Should you have any enquiries, please contact me.

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Located on a double plot within a pine forest, (historically a retreat for the Kings of Poland), this site provided the double challenges of dry shade and a free draining sandy soil.

Over 150,000 plants were imported from Germany (www.lorberg.com) to the site creating the rich mid-canopy and ground cover strata of vegetation, ranging from alpines to semi-mature multistem trees and instant 2.5m high yew hedging.

The brief from the Clients was to create a ‘naturalistic’ garden where their children could play and explore, with large lawns, including a tennis court for entertaining and recreation.

Additional ecological value was acheived by the introduction of native species, wildflower-rich meadows, insect shelters and nest boxes.

I was asked to coordinate and plant the interior mur vegetal (vertical green wall) as designed by world famous pioneer of the technique, Patric Blanc. Following a trip to his Paris home, and with the assistance of his planting expert, we successfully planted the 3.6 x 7m wall in 28 hours! The green wall features as a post on this site.

 

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In 2007 Urbis HK Ltd. joined the Creekfront Project Dubai, and were commissioned to develop the landscape proposals for the southern shore of the Creek, an area of approximately 40 hectares, from the proposed Ferry Terminal to Al Seef Park, encompassing Bastakia (heritage and cultural district), the Ruler’s Court Promenade, mooring for His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Al Maktoum’s yacht, and side streets adjacent to the Spice and Gold Soukhs.

Concept designs and design development were approved and a model constructed shortly before the project was placed on hold due to the global economic crisis.

I worked as Senior Project Manager and Senior Landscape Architect on this project, proposing hardscape, sculptural and planting solutions that referenced Bedouin and Emirati culture, as well as the maritime tradition of the Arabian Peninsula.