Tag: historic landscape design

This Prussian manor house and estate was sold and broken-up following the fall of communism. The client, an owner of a design and build landscape company in Warsaw, asked me to prepare a data collection and concept design report to aid in funding applications.

Ermine Street is the old Roman road that ran from London, through the Roman Fortification of Godmanchester on the south bank of the River Great Ouse, and where, on the north bank, the Anglo-Saxon town of Huntingdon was founded.

This garden site was a ground floor flat in Huntingdon’s old Workhouse, a Grade II listed building, behind which ran the the railway line linking London to Edinburgh.

With such varied history, the front garden design was eclectic, using salvaged and re-used materials including timber sleepers (not taken from the railway despiite local rumour!), roman style quarry tiles and eighteenth century reclaimed yorkstone slabs.


At the tender age of seventeen, I was invited to join the steering group and planning committee of the Friends of Buckden Towers/Buckden Palace Gardens Restoration Group.

As a team of several interested locals, we planned, designed and implemented a scheme which was sympathetic to the site, reflecting appropriate plant species and variety selection and spatial arrangement in the absence of contemporary Tudor plans.

Buckden Palace, historic home of the Bishop of Lincoln, was one of the towers around the country used to imprison Catharine of Aragon, first wife of King Henry VIII.

The village of Buckden became important to me twenty years later, whilst researching and re-discovering the ‘lost’ Huntingdonshire forest of Harthay and its Anglo-Saxon origins as a hunting preserve.

As a student of Hinchingbrooke School I volunteered to restore the brick Wendy House and gardens, built as a retreat for an eighteenth century Earl’s daughter.

In subsequent years I also provided designs, plants and urns for the herbaceous Long Border, Rose Garden and House Terrace around the historic Hinchingbrooke House, seat of the Cromwells, Montagus and Earls of Sandwich, and presently the classrooms of the school’s sixth form.

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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.