Sector Housing, social
Project type Refurbishment
Services provided Product / system manufacture
Year completed 2017
Project location East of England
Contractor Thistlefield Plants and Design
Products used Harrowden Turf, Enviromat Sedum Matting
 
 

Challenge

Too many urban front gardens are being paved over and used as parking spaces. This potentially has a negative impact upon urban drainage, the urban heat island effect, biodiversity, wildlife habitat and our own wellbeing. Garden Designer Paul Welford from Norfolk suggest some solutions in his gold award-winning show garden for the Sandringham Garden Show.

Solution

Paul designed a terrace of three gardens, each simulating a typical urban front garden. Each design offers a compromise between planting and car parking.

In the first design, a car port with a sedum green roof effectively lifts the planting above the parking area. The building is designed to allow maximum light into the house and offer a beautiful view from an upstairs window.  Green roofs absorb up to 80% of the rainwater that falls upon them. They also provide wildlife habitat and help to impove air quality.

Garden 2 includes a turntable for a small car. This means reduces the amount of hard standing needed for the vehicle and negates the need to reverse on to a busy road.  The innovative idea leaves plenty of room for a turfed lawn (very good for natural drainage) and some colourful planting.

The third garden accommodates an oval-shaped path - ideal for turning a motorbike around (motorbikes don't have reverse gears). Again, the accompanying parking offers lots of kerb appeal and would quite possibly increase the value of the property.

Outcome

The show garden won a gold medal at the show and judges commented on the innovative yet attractive design. These gardens are practical and affordable and could potentially improve wellbeing by offering a beautiful welcome home from a hard days work.


Challenge

Too many urban front gardens are being paved over and used as parking spaces. This potentially has a negative impact upon urban drainage, the urban heat island effect, biodiversity, wildlife habitat and our own wellbeing. Garden Designer Paul Welford from Norfolk suggest some solutions in his gold award-winning show garden for the Sandringham Garden Show.

Solution

Paul designed a terrace of three gardens, each simulating a typical urban front garden. Each design offers a compromise between planting and car parking.

In the first design, a car port with a sedum green roof effectively lifts the planting above the parking area. The building is designed to allow maximum light into the house and offer a beautiful view from an upstairs window.  Green roofs absorb up to 80% of the rainwater that falls upon them. They also provide wildlife habitat and help to impove air quality.

Garden 2 includes a turntable for a small car. This means reduces the amount of hard standing needed for the vehicle and negates the need to reverse on to a busy road.  The innovative idea leaves plenty of room for a turfed lawn (very good for natural drainage) and some colourful planting.

The third garden accommodates an oval-shaped path - ideal for turning a motorbike around (motorbikes don't have reverse gears). Again, the accompanying parking offers lots of kerb appeal and would quite possibly increase the value of the property.

Outcome

The show garden won a gold medal at the show and judges commented on the innovative yet attractive design. These gardens are practical and affordable and could potentially improve wellbeing by offering a beautiful welcome home from a hard days work.


 
 
 
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