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Cwm Irfon Barns

We have the pleasure of working with a stunning site north of the Brecon Beacons, Powys. Currently a field of rough pasture bordered by a stream with a pair of stone barns being converted into an events centre designed by Kin Architects. Our brief is to create a multi-functional productive space that is a place to visit, grow, eat and play. A new orchard planted with local hardy fruit varieties provides the framework for the garden that features dynamic perennial planting, a productive understorey of soft fruit and herbs and a new pond. Construction and planting has begun on site....

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Nature and Wellbeing Centre

A concept developed in collaboration with Barefoot Architects in response to an open RIBA competition to design a 'Nature and Wellbeing Centre' for Sevenoaks Nature Reserve in Kent The brief required the buildings and the landscape design to "promote learning, wellbeing, curiosity and nature" and "wherever possible it should build the connection with nature and be designed with health outcomes in mind for staff working within the centre and for visitors and centre−users". A thoughtful approach to sustainable construction and function was essential. The scheme takes a holistic approach to landscape design and building that attempts to depart with the often passive experience of visiting a nature reserve in favour of a place that is active and playful, providing opportunity to physically connect with the landscape where ever possible. The layout of the buildings is inspired by the branching of leaves and responds to the existing path network of the site. 'Treading lightly',...

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Primary School Roof Garden

Dolphin Primary School is part of Bristol City Council’s involvement in the Primary Capital Programme that aims to renew half of the primary schools in England by 2023. The school opened in 2017. Commissioned by Bristol based art consultants Willis Newsom artist Sophie Mason and landscape architect Simon Brown developed concepts and designs for an outdoor roof garden. Sophie Mason is an artist and urban grower dedicated to exploring creativity and nature in the urban environment. Simon Brown is a Landscape Architect and Anthropologist with a passion for creative place making. Built entirely from locally sourced timber, the garden provides a learning and play space that connects pupils and teachers with nature. Raised planters and roundwood structures create sheltered spaces for outdoor classes as well as food growing and biodiverse planting. Roundfield provided technical design support....

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Queen Mary University Community Food Garden

Here is the initial concept plan that we’ve produced for Queen Mary University’s Mile End Campus community food garden project. The triangular site is ideally situated next to a halls of residence block. We decided that the large south westerly facing wall that dominates the site provides an ideal opportunity to grow many kinds of fruit and herbs. In order to maintain some privacy for ground floor residences, miniature courtyards are proposed in line with each window. These are contained by raised beds and a planted strip for herbs, soft fruit and bush fruit. Espaliered fruit trees line all the available walls and a grid of raised beds provide easily accessible veg plots. To offer growers some respite from the weather we have proposed a roundwood timber shelter with a biodiverse roof and a bespoke greenhouse of simple construction. There is an opportunity to harvest water is from all of the structures...

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Church community garden

This is a concept idea for an overgrown space in the grounds behind Portway Methodist Church in Frome, which is currently attracting vandalism and fly tipping. Subject to obtaining approvals and the necessary funding, this sloping garden will be transformed into a highly productive space that will include raised beds, a communal area with forest garden planting, an edible hedge, a shed with a seedling area and rainwater harvesting, and a trellis/pergola structure that will support an array of climbers such as hops and hardy kiwis. Access will be improved and the garden will be a resource for the local community to grow their own food and meet other people in their area. The idea is that as much as possible of the garden will be built by local volunteers, helping to reduce costs and strengthen community spirit....

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University of Greenwich: Edible Garden

Roundfield were invited to design and implement the first two phases of an exciting community garden project at the Avery Hill Campus of the University of Greenwich. The first phase is to include extensive allotment style planting beds, a community composting area, a covered seating area, a coppice shelterbelt, and the initial structure planting for the forest garden. Phase 2 will then involve the planting of the rest of the forest garden along with the creation of a large wildlife pond....

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Spitalfields City Farm

Roundfield were appointed by Spitalfields City Farm in July 2012 to design a new community garden on a corner of the farm that was recently handed back by Network Rail following the construction of the East London Line. The brief put food growing at its heart, and included a challenging list of other requirements such as integrating animal grazing, encouraging wildlife, providing shelter and seating, a forest garden, water harvesting and incorporating a totem sculpture for outdoor events. And of course a spiral… The design features a traditional intensive food growing area to the south, which includes raised beds and an experimental ‘mini-field’ area. This is contrasted with a more perennial based system in the proposed forest garden to the north. This creates a south to north transition from high to low maintenance food production. The two areas are separated by a planted swale, and linked via a sheltered boardwalk which...

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