Jonathan ford landscape architect



Design of new drive, woodland garden and formal garden.

Client: Private.

Landscape Architect: Jonathan Ford.

Main Contractors: Cotswold Estate Services Ltd.

Major Design Elements: The landscape and garden design included site clearance, extensive ground modeling, yorkstone steps and paving, sitting wall, grass drive, wildflower meadow, woodland planting, semi-mature trees (to 45 cm girth), screen planting, cleft chestnut fencing, wildlife pond and three years maintenance.

Value of Capital Works: £100,000

The half acre garden surrounds a timbered and thatched listed cottage in open countryside. Jonathan was commissioned to redesign the garden including the approach to a new front door, drive, formal garden, and woodland garden.


The needs of people...

The original front door opened into the utility room at the side of the house. The new design provided a front door on the finest facade of the house with access to the sitting room and dining room. The drive was redesigned so that it was both less obtrusive, easier to use and nearer to the house.

the laws of nature and of building...

Yew hedges were planted at 1.8 m high. Semi-mature trees were transplanted from the neighbouring farmer’s fields. A wild flower meadow was sown. A local craftsman was commissioned to design and build unique oak gates. Cleft chestnut fencing replaced a dilapidated close board fence.

the desire for beauty.

The Client is an artist and composer. She has a particular love for the Arts and Crafts movement. The apparent proportions of the house were altered by changing ground levels and planting and management of views.