Jonathan ford landscape architect

Glympton Park, Oxfordshire

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Design and refurbishment of a country house park and gardens (Designer François Goffinet Ltd).

Client: Glympton Park

Landscape Architect: François Goffinet Garden Designer

Main Contractors: Holloway White Allom Ltd, Civic Tree Care Ltd, Landscape Contractors and the Glympton Park Estate in-house team

Major Design Elements: The garden design included yorkstone paving and steps, bathstone terraces, balustrades, obelisks and volutes, semi-mature trees 7–11 m high, topiary and hedging, herbaceous borders, parterres, aquatic planting, fountain, roof gardens, irrigation, lighting, works to river.

Value of Capital Works: £4 million

Jonathan acted as Landscape Project Manager for one of the largest garden schemes in the UK. He coordinated a six-man design team of architects and landscape architects.

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The needs of people...

The client required a prestigious setting to this large country house, with aesthetics and security of primary importance.

the laws of nature and of building...

In key locations, large evergreen plant material was required to achieve the necessary screening. One hundred and twenty semi-mature trees were planted in an eight-week period. Liaison with stone masons, irrigation and decorative lighting specialists, and security advisors, were also involved.

the desire for beauty.

François Goffinet is one of the premier garden designers in the world, whose designs are characterized by ‘the disinterested desire for beauty’. Materials and craftsmanship were of the highest quality in this project and every facet of the landscape was designed for the scale and style required for the location.