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Zoflora and Caudwell Children’s Wild Garden project

RHS Gold Medal and BBC People’s Choice award-winning designers Adam White and Andrée Davies, of Davies White Landscape Architects, boast a wealth of experience in designing playful landscapes and gardens for children. Perfectly connecting children of all abilities with the great outdoors, Adam and Andree have designed the Wild Garden as a natural woodland setting for a fun and stimulating area that’s perfect for exploring.

The child’s journey through the garden starts off with an open woodland glade, where Adam and Andrée have used simple materials and planting with a path made with large round stone stepping stones – all to keep the visual textures and amount of sensory information reduced for children who could potentially feel overwhelmed. Gradually as the child travels through the garden, the paving ‘shrinks’, allowing more complicated shapes and patterns to be adapted to over time. More complex colours and scents are also introduced with the planting.

Water cascading down a larger pile of rocks and stones at the beginning of the path shrinking path gives the first promise of the magic and movement the garden has to offer. A wonderful babbling brook lined with various cobbles, pebbles and aggregates weaves through the trees and plants, giving life to the garden and adding another dimension to the children’s play.

Designer: Adam White and Andree Davies at Davies White Landscape Architects

Contractor: Martin Hughes at Gerald Davies Ltd

Sponsor: Zoflora

Materials:

Caledonian Boulders - sliced into the footpath

Gabbro Boulders

Icelandic Black Pebbles 8-4mm, 16-20mm

Porphyry Plattens

Gabbro Cobbles

Highland Cobbles

Slabby Sandstone

CEDEC Red

Scottish beach cobbles 8-4mm, 14-8mm, 20-14mm

Aegean Cobbles 40-20mm & 60-40mm 500kg

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