Ashcombe Children’s Centre
The brief was to design and landscape an area for 'imaginative play' for children aged 0-5 years. The area was approximately 30 metres x 30metres with plenty of space for different areas for the children to explore.
Many of the ideas were prompted by various schemes across the country. The mood of the garden is directed towards natural materials.
Central to this design is a 'magic circle'; a large area where by the children can play freely. This area is central to the design and is defined by a Griselinia hedge. The surrounding elements of the garden allow the children to make a journey. These spaces comprise of a slate river and a wooden bridge to cross over. Grass mounds for height and viewing points, a woodland trail, a bridge with a railway arch which brings height to the garden.
The seating area in this garden is made using large Cotswold boulders. These boulders form a circles and are backed garden is planted using English country perennials as well as low maintenance shrubs. The planting is made up of foliage which is predominantly light green and dark purple and groundcover perennials with striking reds, purples and yellows to give it a dramatic impact over the landscape.