Duncan Cargill

I was born and brought up on a farm on the North Norfolk coast and a love of landscape and planting has been with me since childhood

Cargill Sykes is a small design company based in London and the Cotswolds. We like to understand our client’s needs and deliver environments that work for them

We are delighted to announce that The Lifeline Garden, designed and presented at the 2019 RHS Chelsea Flower Show, in conjunction with fellow graduate Colm Jospeh was awarded a Silver-Gilt medal. We are also thrilled to have won a 2019 Society of Garden Designers Award for a project we designed in Norfolk

Please do get in touch – there is nothing we like more than a challenge – whether it be a tiny balcony, an urban back garden, a commercial opportunity or masterplanning larger projects

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Cargill Sykes Landscape and Garden Design


I graduated from The London College of Garden Design in 2018

I studied fine art at Chelsea College of Art and art history at Birkbeck.

Up until 2016 I worked as a Creative director in London and New York creating experiences for some of the worlds biggest brands. I have found a natural extension in designing meaningful experiences in landscapes and gardens


Norfolk Country House

The transformation of a somewhat redundant c18th garden and park to suit the needs of a C21st family

Big brave decisions were made in the masterplan to bring the purpose for the garden and land surrounding the house up to date. New driveway and parking was created, avenues opened up in existing woodland to provide long views, new avenues of trees planted to lead the eye across the park, an ornamental orchard was created for the walled garden and a brand new productive ‘loke’ or hedged lane gave new purpose to a walk to the church

Masterplan for Carcassonne

A Masterplan for a 14-acre garden close to Carcassonne. The garden has come together over 20 years but had lost coherence. We are working on a long-term project to enhance the best parts of the existing garden and create new areas. Work begins in Spring 2019

Competition proposal for new garden at The Savoy Hotel London

The Mikado Garden – a tribute to the comic opera whose box office success built the hotel. Japanese inspired from planting to floating lanterns.


Alongside fellow graduate Colm Jospeh we designed a garden for Perennial, the horticultural charity for the 2019 RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Inspired by Sir Roy Strong’s The Laskett is a revisioning how classic garden design principles and traditional elements can be set alongside adventurous planting. Roses, grasses, and perennials push their way through more formal hedging either side of a striking contemporary colonnade. The garden was awarded a Silver-Gilt medal