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Slope to Stage

‘We are delighted that Susan’s design made such wonderful use of a small and sloping site. The resulting terraces and borders are a perfect setting to complement the countryside view beyond.

Alistair and Margaret.’ Cranfield, Bedfordshire.

This south facing back garden and sideway area in Cranfield, we’re on a slope making much of the areas impractical or uncomfortable to use. The panoramic view of pasture with Marston Thrift in the distance could be appreciated from the windows of the house however needed to be brought into the experience of the garden space. My finished design likens the new terrace to the feeling of a stage, with planting which links the distant landscape tones and echoes the softness of the adjacent meadow in summer.

Practical touches in the cedar glasshouse to satisfy the owners passion for propagation, a covered hole for the rotary drier and the practical utility area to the side has been extended to soon house a new shed, a table for potting up cuttings and a trough for further planting. ‘”It’s worked out spectacularly different from what it was. I’ve taken photos every day”’, ‘”It’s just brilliant, enough said”’ A.R.