The competition brief was submitted to garden design students at Capel Manor College. As joint winners, Lucy Glover and I were asked to work together to design a show garden for Hampton Court Palace Flower show 2018.
Secured By Design
The Competition Brief
To create a Safe, Secure, Sustainable and beautiful urban garden, for a young urban couple that adopted the principles of Secured by Design. The ultimate aim and Metropolitan Police Services brief was to:
“provide an enjoyable and safe space, which has well protected boundaries, preventing easy access to the rear and protecting everything within.”
Key within the Show Garden
A calming atmosphere created by using tones of grey in the hard landscaping, a reflection pool and soft relaxed planting including beautiful perennials and grasses.
Columnar trees which intruders would be unable to climb or hide behind, Also the pergola bars rotated to prevent climbing. The Green screens provided a sustainable, secure fence solution along the boundaries and offered air cleansing properties, helping to reduce pollution.
Prickly plants and gravel were placed close to the house, to act as a further deterrent. The Dawn till Dusk low voltage lights ensured visibility in the garden at night. Global stone solar lights provided additional lighting and sculptural interest throughout the garden.
Recycled wood was used to construct affordable sustainable features such as the pergola, raised beds and garden furniture.
With the ethos of the community and sustainability themes of the garden, the wood was supplied by St Albans Wood Recycling, a not for profit social enterprise, and after the show all the plants were replanted in a community project in London.