Beach Bears – Domestic Garden Construction

BALI Principal Award Winner 2017
Category: Domestic Garden Construction Cost Under £30,000

One of Northumbrian Landscaping’s favourite recent projects was a coastal garden called Beach Bears. Peter, from Northumbrian Landscaping, says the garden was a pleasure to work on. “Almost all of the materials were recycled from driftwood and other things found floating around in our local waters,” he explains.

The design of the garden centres around a sunken fire pit incorporating a raised semicircular driftwood deck. The planning is coastal-hardy and low-maintenance, which was an important part of the brief. Pines such as Pinus pinea and Pinus densiflora ‘Low Glow’ were combined with olives, Olea europea and perennials such as Cape Daisies ‘Zanzibar’ and ‘Fire Burst’ were used to reflect the southern hemisphere origins of one of the client duo, while herbs were used to provide the preferred diet of the other.

Sourcing the boat of the arbour was a challenge because Peter wanted to use a local Northumbrian coble. He scoured the North East coastline, from North Shields to Holy Island, and eventually found “the only boat in existence that ticked all the boxes”, he laughs. Once salvaged, the restoration work began to transform the old craft into a romantic arbour.