Communal Gardens for Mixed-use Regeneration Project, Folkestone, Kent, UK
Communal Gardens for Mixed-use Regeneration Project, Folkestone, Kent, UK

Communal Gardens for Mixed-use Regeneration Project, Folkestone, Kent, UK

New shared garden spaces for mixed-use regeneration project

A really exciting opportunity to work again with a former client on communal garden spaces for the refurbishment of offices and houses into new modern apartments within a mixed-use regeneration project.

In 597 AD, monks, led by Augustine of Canterbury, arrived at Ebbsfleet on the Isle of Thanet, on a mission from Pope Gregory to re-Christianise Britain. He was greeted by the Anglo Saxon pagan King of Kent, Ethelbert and his Christian Queen, Bertha. Augustine was granted land in Canterbury, where he built his church and outside the walls founded the monastery of St Peter & St Paul, now known as St Augustine’s. Ethelbert was succeeded as Anglo-Saxon king of Kent by his son Eadbald, whose daughter Eanswythe refused all offers of marriage. In 630, Eanswythe founded a nunnery on the site of her father’s castle near Folkestone by the present parish church of St Mary & St Eanswythe. Folkestone dates back to the Mesolithic period and to Roman times. Until the 19th century Folkestone remained a small fishing community with a seafront that was continually battered by storms and encroaching shingle that made it hard to land boats.

Today, the area is fast becoming a hub of excitement with regeneration in the form of housing and new and exciting restaurants. This new communal garden lies to the rear of the properties, which faces the parish church. Set in an idyllic setting, the brief is to create a new communal garden with low-maintenance, easy to care for planting, as well as new entry points into the mixed-use development.  Parking to the rear needs to be obscured as much as possible, while new planting and layout will entice wildlife, in particular pollinators and butterflies. Although the gardens will not be seen from the roadside, the history of the environment has been a starting point when designing this space. Warm colours will unite the red brick of the building, while pleached trees will help block the windows to a neighbouring school.

The client’s other project for which we designed the gardens was for an exciting Farmhouse and outbuildings.

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