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Private House, Sheen

This Grade II-listed Arts & Crafts house, designed by Sydney Castle in 1925, is to be sensitively renovated as a modern family home.  Livingston Eyre was appointed to prepare plans for the garden as part of the planning application.

One of the greatest challenges was to create a new entrance and exit, with an area for parking, without causing damage to some of the magnificent mature trees in the garden.  This was achieved using a permeable gravel system and no-dig construction under the canopies, whilst research uncovered an old exit from the horseshoe-shaped drive that could be reinstated. 

Planting proposals were based on the principles of woodland gardening put forward by Gertrude Jekyll, whose writings are contemporary with the age of the house.  The boundary was enhanced with a smart new fence, complemented by brick-built piers flanking the entrance and exit.

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with: Andrew Lett Architects completed: 2011