Overview Situated above Stocksbridge near Sheffield, this once working farm yard was transformed into a delightful space for recreation and relaxation. The clients wanted to completely redesign the area. A public footpath runs through the property; this had to remain open for public access. The work consisted of constructing curved walls from Yorkshire random stone to achieve division and definition to the site. Steps and terraces were built from York stone paving to provide seating areas at several points adjacent to the property to utilise all aspects of the garden. The original water troughs were reused as water features to maintain and link the garden back to the area’s former use. York stone setts were used to define the walkers’ path and the drive way, constructed in self binding golden gravel. An area of ground was sown with
a shade tolerant wild flower mix adjacent to the field access and around the out buildings. Lawned areas were created along with planting areas of herbaceous and shrubs.
Judges’ comments Challenged with transforming a traditional open farmyard into a domestic garden for a converted farm building, the contractor has implemented a design that incorporates dry stone walling, a raised lawn, turfed and planted areas, and paving. An existing public footpath which dissects the new garden has been attractively incorporated into the design, allowing walkers to enjoy the garden as they pass through. The designer’s vision has been beautifully implemented by the contractor resulting in an extremely good hard and soft landscaping scheme.
Designer James Bird Landscapes
Maintenance contractor James Bird Landscapes
Suppliers Rand and Asquith, A Cowley & Son, AC Aggregates, Keyline Builders Merchants