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.
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.