15 November 2022
Modern landscape construction projects should both enhance the space as well a create biodiversity to benefit the surrounding environment.
At next year's RHS Chelsea 2023 Flower Show, the Nurture Landscapes show garden designed by the prominent garden designer; Sarah Price will feature hard landscape construction and natural planting. The design combines softer natural planting with elements of constructed walls to evoke the atmosphere around Benton End which was Cedric Morris's garden in Suffolk. Cedric Morris was known for his painting and breeding of Iris's.
Away from showcase gardens, the same feel of designed natural planting can enhance commercial retail sites as well as historic sites and private developments. With increased biodiversity, nature brings the sites alive, so that they are part of the surrounding environment and playing their part in supporting the natural environment.
At a shopping park site in the north east, Gavin Jones landscape construction create seated areas and pathways enhanced by herbatious borders and trees making up the soft landscaping. The project was recognised with the award of a BALI Award in 2021.
Also in 2021 Gavin Jones were awarded a second BALI award for their hard and soft landscaping work on a residential development in London. This included green roofs and large green walls as well as paving and water features.
Both the projects featured above were new developments, however, landscape restoration is a particular skill which through careful management, design and planning can enhance both the area as well as increase the biodiversity if one invasive species has taken hold. Restoration both brings the site back into use, it also restores the original functions and through well-designed landscape construction can bring positive benefits to the local environment.