Garden Design 1
Garden Design – A Peaceful Sanctuary
The garden is designed as a peaceful sanctuary for the people in the local community, particularly taking into account the needs of the elderly and young people. The design supports sustainability by making use of recyclable materials. It also aims to protect local wildlife by providing appropriate spaces and food for insects and birds. This is good for biodiversity.
The garden consists of five main areas with different functions. These areas can be reached by a new footpath that should be wide enough for accommodating prams and wheelchairs. There will be a few sculptures with Pictish stone carvings in the garden that symbolise the local heritage. These could be created by local art groups or volunteers. A variety of artistic designs could be used; for example, different kinds of animals. A new hedge will also be planted; hawthorn, blackthorn and holly could be used.
There is a food growing area consisting of a number of raised beds with root vegetables. There will also be several planters with herbs and fruit trees. Old tyres, boots or pots can be used as planters. The specific kinds of plants can be determined by the growers from the local community. Growing their own food will improve people’s mental and physical health and also enable them to socialise and make new friends while doing something for the greater good and the environment.
The compost area in the corner will be easy to reach from the farming part. It will provide nutrient-rich soil for growing plants and it will also ensure there are ways to make use of all sorts of garden waste. The garden will also have water catchment facilities.
There will be a seating area in the middle of the garden consisting of sturdy wooden benches which could be made by volunteers. Upcycled scrap metal could be used for frame posts if necessary. A pond with a solar fountain is the centrepiece of the garden. There will be comfy benches and a picnic table with a draughts/chess board to allow especially elderly people to sit there, relax, watch the water and keep active. The benches will be in such places that it is possible to rest from working at the raised beds and also that parents can watch their children playing at the playground. The existing fence will be hidden by a line of honeysuckle. As this area is prone to flooding, it will be raised and filled with stones.
There will be a wooded area and a natural playground with logs for the children. A number of juniper trees will be planted there, as it is important to provide more native species in the area. The planting and playground creation could be supported by volunteers and local school children.
There will also be a wildlife feeding area. The wildflower meadow will provide food for bees and other insects. There will be insect hotels and hibernaculums. There will also be bird baths, bird tables and bird feeders and nest boxes will go in the trees as high as possible. These new animal homes could be created by local volunteer groups.
Pond and fountain £600
Plants, trees, compost £350
Raised beds and logs £150