The Longstock Way, designed by Shaun Beale
Best Showcase Garden and Silver Merit Award
The garden design from Longstock Park Landscapes has taken inspiration from a footpath called The Test Way. This 44-mile walk follows the river Test passing through Leckford estate along a disused railway line that used to link Southampton to Andover.
Working sustainably is at the heart of everything at Leckford estate, and their garden design incorporates elements that reflect this. “Putting nature first” is a key element of this design and they have used level changes that represent bridges and materials found along the old railway line and created areas that attract and encourage wildlife and insects into the garden.
The central focus is a wildlife-friendly still water pond, reflecting views of the garden from the suspended deck above. A gabion constructed with recycled material encompasses the deck, providing a place to stop, sit and consider. A wildflower meadow frames the deck and will give the garden a bit of “buzz” attracting many insect visitors.
The approach to the garden is set with gravel which is a permeable surface that allows the rain to soak away naturally without filling the drains. The planting will reflect the varied environment we have created, allowing them to thrive in their surroundings. Making this garden a place to be enjoyed by both visitors and wildlife.
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