The brief for this conceptual design was to create a garden that commemorates 100 years since the 1st World War. The site for this project is situated within the grounds of Hadlow College in Kent where I studied for my HND in Garden Design.
The concept for this design is taken from the shape of the Victoria Cross which was awarded 628 times for valiant action by armed forces in the First World War (1914–1918). The outline gave the opportunity to create an inward focused design which allows for privacy, remembrance and reflection.
The main feature of this design is the central reflective pool surrounded by four raised alcoves. The alcoves provide a private space to sit and contemplate. The alcoves and perimeter walkway are planted with four seasons in mind and so whatever time of year visitors come the garden will always have interest. The planting is architectural and formal in style. There are no outward views except for the two pedestrian access points. The boundary is screened by mature pleached Carpinus betulus (Hornbeam) and so encourages the visitor to look inward rather than at external views.