We are always interested in seeing what is being done with materials and design problems in the landscape.

And it is not unknown for us to catch something in passing on route and zip into the nearest parking space to run back and photo it.

We also shortly have to design some metal work to aesthetically fence in a pond as part of a design brief.

And so this landscape design work was caught very much on the hoof in Exeter Close, Kidlington, Oxfordshire:

Loved the wave bit at the bottom. Not quite so keen on the top gothic bit! The finials are also a bit too ‘finially’ for me. But maybe the design elements that are brought together here have some kind of local resonance which we were not familiar with. 

This bold and funky cycle chicane certainly has impact. Does it go with the adjacent fencing above?

I was interested in this traffic routing between four mature trees:


Rocks steer people around and a slightly raised and gridded board walk gives good anti-compaction protection to the rooting zone and facilitates wheelchair access. The route organisation of this works well and was actively used as we stood there.

Think but not sure that the landscape design in this area is by Sacha Barnes Landscape Architects. 

Robert and Lesley