Luke Arend

I graduated from the London College with a distinction in 2019, and am very excited to establish my garden design practice In Newcastle upon Tyne to cover the North East of England.

My love of nature and gardens began as a child. I grew up in a small village in beautiful rural Essex surrounded by rolling countryside, with my dear mum’s infectious passion for gardening and plants, and my Dad’s eye for art, design and nature.

My gardens aspire to delight, surprise and bring joy to those that use them, whilst embracing the craft on creating a personalised, beautiful and well functioning space. I pride myself on providing a friendly and highly professional service with plenty of enthusiasm and dedication.

I know that great design is timeless, great service is precious, and great collaboration between client and designer so so important.

Please do get in touch, as I see every space as an opportunity to create beautiful spaces that work for you, from small back yards, suburban gardens, commercial spaces or master planning large landscapes.

07977 872473

103 Ferndene Grove

High Heaton

Newcastle upon Tyne

NE7 7PL

Biography

15 years working for the humanitarian aid agency Medecins sans Frontieres in Africa and Asia.

5 years working in Finance as a project manager in the city of London.

Read Social Anthropology at Sussex University as an undergraduate, with a MSc in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Projects

Care home for dementia residents, York

My final project develops the gardens of a care home near York, where 43 of the 47 residents have Dementia. The site is an old Jacobean manor house with 8.5 acres of parklands. The exciting challenge here was how to encourage residents outdoors from the day room, and make accessible the wonderful parklands which can have such therapeutic value to the residents, as well as precious for visiting family, grandchildren and staff.

The design concept is to have gardens close to the house which are ‘homely’ and familiar in style and scale to gardens residents may have had themselves. Residents can freely access these active and passive therapeutic gardens on foot or wheelchair.
The wider grounds have ambitious changes which are made accessible by new developments in electric accessible buggies enabling family members or staff to take residents on ‘trips out’ to the different character areas developed across the site. These include: Picnicing in a fruit tree orchard, time at a lodge in the woodlands, relaxing by a new large pond, seating by the old Cedar in the meadow, feeding the animals, as well as four short walks off the buggy route.