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Natural local slate paving terrace

Natural local slate paving terrace

Paths and terrace around the cottage in Scotland are laid with local slate recycled from the site.

Scotland

Brief:

A new garden created as part of the renovation of a slate workers cottage on a small island off the West Coast of Scotland. The property has extensive sea views which also means it is affected by the full force of the weather. The challenge was to balance the desire to create usable garden space in keeping with the local architecture while setting the property into the natural landscape.

Design:

Using locally sourced natural materials, recycling existing slate from the site sets the garden into the landscape. Dry stone slate walls define the garden space while also providing protection for planting beds. To the side of the property, the walls are curved and stepped reflecting the rock outline seen beyond. A bespoke curved oak bench is set into the wall, while the walls themselves are designed to provide additional seating while not obscuring the views. Using native plants closely linked to the area helps to set the garden into the landscape, as well as ensuring they cope with coastal environment.

Low drystone walling with curved bench

Low drystone walling with curved bench

Sunlight on the curved terrace

Sunlight on the curved terrace

Scottish garden viewed from the house

Scottish garden viewed from the house

Low walls enhance the view beyond the garden in Scotland

Low walls enhance the view beyond the garden in Scotland

Natural local slate paving terrace

Natural local slate paving terrace

Coastal garden planting

Coastal garden planting

Coastal garden in Scotland

Coastal garden in Scotland

Pebble garden planting

Pebble garden planting

Bespoke garden gate and drystone walling

Bespoke garden gate and drystone walling

Bespoke timber garden gate

Bespoke timber garden gate

Composite deckboard path

Composite deckboard path

Tulip bulbs for Spring colour

Tulip bulbs for Spring colour