Garden Design & Construction
This project was designed and constructed by Cotswold Estates and Gardens as part of a large, private new house project in a Cotswold Village.
The brief included creating a natural swimming pool and water feature, vegetable potager with green house and needed to respond to the sloping site and take advantage of the countryside views.
The finished design included a large west facing terrace with rill water feature utilising the client’s existing stone water troughs and terracing of the slope with Cotswold stone-faced retaining walls and steps with garden lighting. The 60m long rill runs down cascades as it passes through the three terraces creating the musical sound of running water, ending at a stone well.
The potager was created with compacted gravel paths and Yorkstone terrace in front of the greenhouse, raised beds with corner posts to facilitate the netting when required and fruit trees trained onto espalier frames. A Cotswold stone and engineering brick base were constructed for the Hartley Botanic greenhouse.
A natural swimming pond was constructed at the lower part of the garden with a surface skimmer and marginal planting filter bed. The circulation pump and balance tank for automatic top-up were sited underneath a Western red cedar decking terrace which was screened from the neighbours with hazel hurdles pending the establishment of the planting screen. A serpentine stream, passing through a wildflower meadow, visually links the natural swimming pond with the well at the end of the rill.