Working with Niche Architects we developed this landscape masterplan for a sensitive rural site surrounded by mature native woodland.

The proposals involved the demolition of a large derelict retreat house and outbuildings to open up the centre of the site, creating a parkland setting for the construction of four detached dwellings with detached double garages and associated access road, gates and parking areas. The landscape is designed to compliment and enhance the woodland setting and to encourage greater biodiversity on the site.

The proposals include removal of many non-native conifer trees and introduction of specimen native broadleaf trees - English Oak Trees (Quercus robur), Crab Apple (Malus sylverstis) and Silver Birch (Betula pendula) to be planted in the common areas. Native Crab Apple to replace dead apple trees on the site of the old orchard.

Mixed native hedges of Beech, Hornbeam, Holly, Field Maple, Hawthorn and Yew will be used to define the private garden spaces within the site.

Existing lawn areas to be resown with a meadow mix of native wildflowers and grasses.

To encourage further biodiversity on the site ornamental planting within the domestic garden areas will focus on nectar rich species with winter seed heads.