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The main part of the development and the landscape work has now been completed. This has included the planting of over 12,000 shrubs and herbaceous plants, 86 heavy and extra heavy standard trees, over 7,500m2 of turfing, native hedges, flowering meadow, native waterside planting to swales and riparian zone and amenity seeding.
In addition, gardens have been constructed for the show homes and marketing lodge as well as a sensory garden for dementia patients. A kitchen garden has also been created with raised beds, paths, greenhouse and compost bins so designed to provide access to those in wheel chairs.
The new wall is already providing a habitat for Adders who are readily exploring the crevices and cavities within it. Badger gates are being incorporated into the wall to maintain established access routes across the wall line for the Badgers while excluding rabbits from the farm land. Being stock-proof, the restored wall will allow the proposed introduction of Dexter cattle onto the SSSI to aid its management by controlling scrub development and disturbing the ground in such a way as to provide ideal conditions for plant species colonisation, establishment and diversity maintenance.
This has been a challenging project in its execution, not least due to the weather conditions experienced since the project started in February 2010. Over 2000 tons of stone will be used in the wall’s construction. Some 200m3 of recovered stone will be crushed for re-use, while access is limited to a maximum 7m wide strip along one side of the wall. Public access and Rights of Way must remain open and safe at all times, even though wall construction plant is in constant use sharing such access with walkers, riders, cyclists, adults, children and animals. Meanwhile the SSSI and its content must remain undamaged and wildlife disturbance minimised.
Cotswold Estates and Gardens was commissioned by Oxfordshire City Council in conjunction with Viridor Waste Management, to install the fossilised footprints that had been cut out of the rock in 2 tonne blocks and lifted into the old walled garden at the back of the Museum.
The project involved constructing a reinforced concrete foundation for the canopy over the footprints and for the 7 metre long dinosaur.
Planting designed to create a mature and quality setting for this new development, focusing the attention on the plants by the use of mature specimens, drifts of single species and strong colour themes. Native structure planting was also undertaken on the perimeter bunds and seeding of reinforced grass in the overflow car park.
A challenging design and build contract to transform a steep area of waste ground adjacent to the offices, into an enjoyable seating area for staff to enjoy, as well as providing a desirable setting for the offices. Terracing, sleeper retaining walls and profiled grass and planting, enabled the creation of a level circular area with seating and a bubbling stone water feature. Trees with uplighters also extended the attraction to the new planting and offices into the evening.
Another design and build contract to provide a new prestigious entrance to an existing office development. Mature fastigiate Yews highlight the entrance, whilst simple shingle with large granite boulders and low yew hedging provide the feeling of quality in this new space.
For a period of eighteen years we were responsible for all the soft landscape aspects for new developments and the Park's significant infrastructure. This included the design for Planning Approvals. Our involvement included the ongoing maintenance for many of the plots and for the infrastructure.
We also undertake the ongoing maintenance of this contract.
The Midlands Co-operative Ltd, Carterton, Oxfordshire
Client: Oxford, Swindon and Gloucester Co-operative
Designer: Simon Richards & Associates
Semi mature avenues of Betula Tristis set off this modern supermarket development with upright Prunus Amanogawa breaking through a curved canopy entrance walkway. Tree and shrub planting designed to enhance the carpark and the supermarket frontage.