Country courtyard design in Cheshire.
In October 2015 this country courtyard design in Cheshire was entered into a competition. It was shortlisted as a finalist in the Northern Design Awards Best Residential Landscaping Category.
Originally a damp and uninteresting space, the courtyard was laid mainly to tarmac. Mainly used to park the horsebox it required a major overhaul. The country courtyard design created a fantastic transformation. The old sloping courtyard, which sometimes flooded, became a bright, modern and wildlife friendly space. The design was to be a fusion of modern and country style.
The client brief was for a ‘designed’ country courtyard. It was, however, to sit comfortably within the remainder of my clients wildlife friendly gardens. Their many acres include woods, wild flower meadows, ponds, informal garden areas and woodland walks.
To effectively deal with the 600mm sloping site three linked, terraced gardens were designed. Each garden features a central sculpture.
After excavations and clearance, extensive land drainage works had to be carried out. Then, the country courtyard could be built. In the first section, we used recycled duckstones excavated from the yard. These filled four contemporary bespoke gabion cages. Hardwood Iroko seats were fixed to the tops. The four seats were positioned in each corner enclosing the space. In the centre a galvanised ‘Dragon’s Eye’ scupture by Ian Gill featured. This was underplanted with box hedging and ornamental grasses.
A step down leads into the second section. This features a central ‘living’ sculpture. A cloud pruned Photinia ‘Little Red Robin’ tree. Underplanting is with evergreen grasses. Four corner planting borders filled with insect and nectar loving plants reflect the four seats in the first section.
A further step down leads into the third section. This is amore traditional garden. In the centre we positioned an original cast iron water pump and stone trough. This was discovered during the initial site clearance. It was renovated and reused as the central feature.
This courtyard garden and the remainder of the wildlife gardens at Rowley House, Kermincham are included in the 2016 National Garden Scheme Book (The Yellow Book). The garden will be opened in aid of charities each year.
Many thanks to Platinum Gardens and Driveways, an RHS Silver Gilt and Silver award winning landscaping company, who built this garden in March and April 2015.