A sensitive and naturalistic landscape treatment for a Georgian manor house.

The original gardens of this Georgian house in Chalfont St Giles had been lost over the last 50 years. The brief was to produce a masterplan to recreate the gardens in a neo-naturalistic style, but with a nod to the formality of the period, with a view to phasing the work over the next five to ten years.

The use of ‘broken’ Yew hedging provides glimpses of the house from the driveway and rows of Beech columns introduce rhythm and mid-level structure to the landscape. Areas of lawn are to be meadow and a long prairie style sloped border with swathes of Miscanthus will create a new semi-formal vista from the main terrace. A new raised sun terrace and oak pergola with a stepped cascade water feature through the prairie planting creates new areas to relax and entertain.

Future elements will include a ‘hidden’ tennis court, a decked seating area alongside the river and a modern, ‘plant hunter’ style rear courtyard with zinc planters and feature tree ferns.