Visitor to the wild garden, Clay Hill, Sussex

The Brief

The client wanted a wild garden, a place to relax and be inspired by nature. Her studio, albeit industrial in nature, had great potential to connect to the wider landscape while creating a nestled corner for bees and butterflies. Working with the client, this was more a case of sculpting the land with an idea in mind, rather than developing a detailed design on paper.


Hedge portal revealing landscape beyond, Clay Hill, Sussex

Spotting the Opportunities

Some of the ideas we brought to this project included creating a turf bench from which, looking across the natural pool, we opened up a view through to the landscape beyond. A place to sit and be quiet, to ponder the here and now, but also to look to the distance and contemplate the journey beyond Рperhaps!?



Wildflower turf laid, Clay Hill, Sussex


Having sculpted the banks, wildflower turf was laid onto the slopes. It is important to understand what wild garden flowers need in terms of soil. They need a low nutrient situation, typical of years and years of grazing by deer, sheep and cattle. Meadow Mat provides a great opportunity to be able to pin the sods to the embankment, as the wildflowers are sown into a fibrous mat.


Design a garden for wildlife Sussex Kent and Surrey

Blooming Marvellous

You can see the difference here given a few weeks and a bit of rain, such a vibrant mix of flowers full of bees, hoverflies and butterflies. We certainly achieved what we set out to do, bringing life to a once barren industrial backyard.




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