The Cotswold Garden Company - Private residence in Hatherop
Designer Louise del Balzo Garden Design
Suppliers Hills Quarry Products, Landscape Plus, Litchen Garden Antiques, Rolawn, GLC & R Williams
The finished garden had to have immaculate planting/turfing to execute the design. The work was carried out over a short timescale, working along with the main contractor on the project. The plan had been drawn in two dimensions with no levels taken into consideration on the site.
On starting the project it was found that the two ends of the barn were at different levels so all the existing building levels had to be tied in, while the Corten steel edging had to be welded on site. Along with steel angles concreted into the ground, lateral reinforcement was required that was also welded on to keep the edges straight.
When half of the lawn had been laid it became evident that the quality of turf varied considerably and had to be rejected, and new turf relaid. The position of the half-tonne 1.5m-wide topiary balls was changed at the end of the project. No machine could get access the garden because of the narrow paths and it took six men to drag them to their final destination.
"Perfect crisp lines and immaculate turfing have been used to express the contemporary design for the garden of this traditional Cotswold barn conversion," said the judges. "Raised Corten steel edging, welded on site, defines the turfed areas and geometric layout, which includes difficult diagonal gravel pathways. Pleached trees and architectural planting provide focal points. Restricted access added a challenge to this project, with all materials having to be offloaded away from site and brought in. The workmanship demonstrated is excellent."
Award sponsor: Green-tech