A Look at LCGD Graduate Helen Saunder’s SGD Student Award Shortlisted Garden

In Helen’s own words

Broadstone Holt is part of the National Forest, an initiative to re-forest areas of the midlands, and is planted with young native trees. The clients who live there invite school groups in to learn about the woodland and local wildlife, and wanted to expand on this by building an educational centre on site, which would act as a base for forest school.

The design makes use of existing water on site, by channelling it into a series of pools and wetlands, reflecting the landscape of the local reservoir. Much of the woodland is retained, whilst areas of meadow and wetland are brought in, creating a mosaic of different wildlife habitats, and destinations around the garden.

The education centre takes the form of a treehouse, giving the children a new perspective amongst the canopies. Woodland glades provide spaces where play and decision-making will be key, as well as providing a space to cook the food they have grown in their own productive garden.

Our thanks to Helen for supplying the image of the garden.