Penny Brohn Cancer Care
The restoration and extension of this Queen Anne Manor House and its grounds offered a chance to enhance biodiversity, making use of the existing vegetation and features and the newly created contemporary spaces.Mature trees were retained and protected, or where felling was unavoidable, used within the garden, as in the case of the cedarwood pergola, or retained as fallen timber habitats for small animals, insects and fungi. Newly planted trees included many natives such as oak ash hornbeam and beech, as well as those with medicinal properties - yew, witch hazel, and many others.
The outer courtyard is planted with an aromatic herb garden - plants which favour insects, being generously nectar and pollen-bearing, such as lavender, catmint, fennel and sage. Much of the parkland was seeded with a grass and wildflower mix and is managed as meadow, with spring bulbs and grass seed heads lengthening the season in spring and autumn, into winter. All of the garden is planted to suit the climate and position, to avoid the need for irrigation once plants are established. The inner courtyard which is in rain shadow, benefits from water which is harvested from the roof and stored in structural crates beneath the ground.