Beckenham Place Park is a conservation area of 98 hectares, with large areas of ancient woodland and an important habitat for wildlife. The client, who lived within the park wanted to redesign the front garden, to create privacy from neighbours in close proximity, maintain some parking and turning space while remaining sympathetic to the feel of the surrounding park.
The garden was previously all laid to lawn and had no boundaries with its adjoining neighbours. With no plants or trees the whole area felt like one communal space. Paula Napper redefined the boundaries with soft planting using native shrubs and trees to fit in with the park's woodland. An avenue of fastigiate hornbeam were planted along the driveway and evergreens including Hebe and Holly provide screening year round from both neighbours and the road. The whole area has now lost its 'new build' feel and sits comfortably in its surroundings of the park and woodland.