Riverside House, Earith, Cambridgeshire, UK.

garden earithThis modern development reflected the Dutch gable vernacular architecture of the area, and was a few hundred metres away from the banks of the River Great Ouse.

As the river floods annually the design had to incorporate flood defence, flood-tolerant planting and materials that could survive flood inundation.

The mulch in the lower terrace of the garden was made entirely of cockle shells, brought up river from the Wash.

The upper level deck terraces were gated and as the clients had a young family, access to each successive terrace was limited according to the age of the child.

Timber sleeper raised beds were built with a sluice gate recess to block and advancing waters.