Lakeland garden reaches finals of national awards

Lakeland garden reaches finals of national awards

Rockery steps

One of my designs that creates the look and feel of an established Lakeland garden was shortlisted for a national landscaping award under the banner of our landscaping business, Wildroof Landscapes.

The garden at Lorton near Cockermouth is one of just three that have been shortlisted in the mid-budget (£40k to £100k) category of this year’s Association of Professional Landscapers Awards and it is the only garden from the north of England in its class.

“The original owners had done a fantastic restoration job on the house in the Lorton valley,” says Liz. “It is a 300 year old Grade 2 listed property and they wanted to create a front garden that would blend into this style and the gorgeous setting immediately.”

“My design incorporated lots of unusual stones and traditional features such as troughs that were found during the excavations and I also designed a bog garden and a walled vegetable garden with raised beds, as well as pathways, a seating area and flights of steps that already look as if they have always been part of the garden.”

“I took an approach to this garden that’s very relevant for today,” says Liz. “The use of reclaimed materials, the easy maintenance and many of the landscaping techniques are modern as well as sustainable – it is just the look of the garden that needed to be traditional to fit into a beautiful landscape setting that hasn’t really changed in centuries.”

Since completion of the front garden, the house at Lorton has been sold: “The garden was a wonderful surprise hidden in the dip of the hill. What delights us is the way it blends with the traditional design of the farmstead and the craggy splendour of the surrounding mountains,” said the new owners. “It is actually difficult to believe that it’s not always been there. We also love the idea that, aside from its beauty, a wonderfully practical potager garden has been created by Liz and Phil for a Lakeland setting.”

“We’re very proud of this garden design and the finished landscaping,” says Liz, “and it was great to fly the flag for northern landscapers, landscapes and great gardens at the national Awards.”

See more information about the Lorton garden.