Accessible Garden, Surbiton, Surrey, UK
An inclusive low-maintenance garden for a busy family
An exciting opportunity to design and create a stunning accessible garden for a family of five, with two children in powered wheelchairs.
The garden encircles the large property which has been modernized with a contemporary feel. A large driveway leads up to the front door with lawn on two sides of the property. Currently, there is no access around the property, other than going across lawn. The wooden deck, which spans the full length of the rear of the property is too narrow, and there is no way up or down into the garden making it an inaccessible area. The garden also slopes towards the back with an area of the garden unused because of overgrown evergreen hedging and old trellis. The new design is for a fully accessible and inclusive garden, with hard-standing pathways with raised edgers, non-slip ramps up and down from the terrace enabling all family members to reach the garden with ease, especially from the bi-fold dining doors and the doors leading off from the indoor swimming pool. The slope will be levelled and a new artificial turf laid, perfect for wheelchair basketball, with flower borders softening an otherwise very sterile finish. In order to entice the children into the garden a small accessible ‘den’ is created with an outdoor cinema for those warm summer evenings. For respite, a new paved patio to catch the late sun will allow the parents and friends to relax, sit back and enjoy their new garden.
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