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Devoran Gardens

Family garden design

The challenge

The family client has three young children; they wanted a typically lush ‘Cornish Garden’ setting for their property overlooking Restronguet Creek in south-west Cornwall. They also needed a compact but productive family vegetable and fruit growing area to supply their kitchen and involve their children. The garden site comprised a narrow lawn, bordered by overgrown privet hedges. The allotment site was a bramble patch.

What we did

We evolved and implemented the garden and allotment design incrementally with the as the client family’s resources allowed. Where possible we used recycled or locally vernacular materials. The planting design incorporated material rescued from site and from the client’s previous garden.

The result

The garden provides the context for an outdoor family lifestyle for much of the year, with dining terrace, play lawns and grass rolling bank and hidden seating areas. The fruit and vegetable garden now in its second year has proved highly productive, popular with the children, and formed the venue for a harvest supper feast for family and friends. The gardens remain a work in progress, but overall the Westley family love and enjoy being in them!

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