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Project: Tyne Valley View
This garden in Riding Mill, Northumberland had commanding views over the Tyne valley but nothing from which to enjoy them! The garden sloped steeply away and was heavily planted including 2 very large hollies that had tree preservation orders on them.
The solution was to build a very substantial sleeper retaining wall the length of the garden including the boxing in of the Hollies to make a real feature of them. 1m in front of this a substantial stone wall was constructed to accommodate a large 150sq m sandstone terrace. The gap between the wall and the sleepers was planted up with “airy” plants to frame the view but not hinder it. This then created the feeling of being in mid air when taking in the view from the terrace. Substantial curved stone steps were constructed to allow access from the upper level where the conservatory was. Lighting was added to create a real sense of beauty including spotlights up the hollies.