Janine Pattison Studios wins two major garden awards for Canford House

A tricky landscape job aimed at resolving complex planning issues has won Landscape of the Year and Urban Garden of the Year at the Express Newspapers New Homes and Gardens Awards.

Canford House. Image: Supplied
Canford House. Image: Supplied

Canford House, which overlooks Parkstone Golf Course and the historic natural harbour of Poole Bay in Dorset, is sited on a sensitive plot with protected trees and wildlife. The owners also faced concerns from the neighbouring properties and local planning department about the original plans for the landscape.

Bournemouth-based Janine Pattison Studios (JPS) were commissioned to design a master plan that provided a harmonious and sympathetic solution, understanding and addressing concerns about the building prior to any solution being developed.

The proposed design went further to present a more sustainable, ecologically-friendly and sympathetic landscape design solution to the site. Their solution included screened infinity swimming pool and spa terrace, with sympathetic paving, generous terraced perennial beds to encourage bio-diversity and provide summer colour and interest, and an alley of standard bay trees with generous planting beds.

More than 50 new heavy standard specimen evergreen trees are positioned to address lines of sight and prevent visibility from adjoining gardens. A wildflower meadow and apple orchard encourage bio-diversity, while the living green sedum roof to the garden lodge with trailing evergreen climbers forms a green curtain that cascades over the visually problematic retaining walls.

This gives a dramatic reduction in hard surface areas, encouraging drainage within the curtilage of the property and supporting biodiversity, while transforming the white painted walls of the house and in the garden to an organic tier stone system softened the landscape.

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