The existing garden is largely retained within a raised concrete slope with some overgrown shrubs and three fruit trees around the perimeter, which are to be kept. The concrete steps up abruptly from the back door so a key aim was to break this out and create a more graded access into a revitalised garden area rich in wildlife and edible plants.
A shade tolerant palette of perennials is proposed at the shady end of the garden, grading to a more Mediterranean palette on the sunny side, including herbs and edibles. The sunniest corner is lined with espaliered fruit trees against a new wall to provide vertical greening as well as an abundant crop of pears, peaches and apricots.
Green oak sleepers form the main framework of the garden. Breedon gravel is proposed as the main material for the upper levels, which will complement the Mediterranean style planting.
Reclaimed beach groyne timbers sourced from a south coast based timber reclamation yard are proposed as vertical sculptures at the back of garden, selected for their smooth and sculpted forms, shaped by the waves over many years.