This formal garden was designed to resemble the lines of a cello.

The large lawn is edged in a reclaimed yellow stock brick and laid on edge in a sweeping curve and surrounded by traditional planting and large trees.

To split the garden into two, we used trellis to screen the children’s play area at the rear of the garden from the rest of the outdoor space.  The trellis gives a degree of privacy but also allows the children to be visible whilst playing in the rear play area. The play frame was designed and built by Nordland Landscapes based on a wish list from the client’s children.

The brief was to include overhead monkey bars, high enough to be challenging but not high enough to be dangerous, a slide, trapeze bars set far enough apart so as to be able to do tumble turns on and cater for the varying heights of the three children.  The client also requested a den or play house to hang out in and play in all-year-round.

This formal garden was designed by Joan Scanlon at Spacelift.