We design public and private realms with community groups and organisations. These have been at all different stages of design from consultation, analysis, mapping, design and building.
On from the landscape design work we do, we also offer a landscape management service. Projects include garden and allotments, apiaries and other community/neighbourhood schemes.
We cover a wide variety of landscape management including:
Full project delivery (from scratch to completion)
Volunteer recruitment and training
Providing a bespoke plan for each individual volunteer to meet their needs and requirements
Writing bids to secure the future of the project
Project promotion and marketing
A future plan of project development
With the design and management, we can offer a complete service from consultation, bid writing, set up, promotion, recruitment, build and plan for the coming years. Some examples below:
Metal's Edge Hill Garden, L7 - March 2017 - Ongoing
5A linear walled garden split between north and south facing aspect at the oldest active passenger railway station in the world. It had not had any maintenance for 5 years and was very overgrown. There were restrictions on what we could and could not do, for example, not damaging original brick or metal work and no or very careful removal of established shrubs and plants. Simple design interventions and working with what was there enabled the design to almost design itself. With local resident and volunteer input during planting sessions, we were able to come up with a wilded nature garden with spaces for food growing and activity spaces with seasonal displays of colour.
Liverpool Biennial's Garden of Resilience, L8 - March - July 2018
We were appointed lead gardener and horticultral support for artist Mohamed Bourouissa to create a garden working with local people, gardeners, school pupils, teachers and artists as part of a Liverpool Biennial art project. The project was inspired by a patient of the psychoanalyst and writer Frantz Fanon at a Psychiatric Hospital in Blida, Algeria. Fanon’s patient created the garden as occupational therapy, reflecting the organisation of his mental space through its structure. The garden started out on an overgrown plot of the forest school space at Kingsley School, L8. This ambitious garden with a short deadline meant gardening was intense while also leading gardening sessions with local residents, groups and schools to learn about plants and the environments they grow in. Client:Liverpool Biennial / School:Kingsley Road School
Granby Winter Garden, L8 - September 2018 - June 2019
This unique project based in what was 2 derelict Victorian houses on Cairns St, L8 was designed by Turner Prize winners Assemble for Granby 4 Streets CLT. There is no other public indoor garden space like this in the UK. To continue the story of the resilience in street gardening, I was appointed the landscape designer and later the resident gardener for this amazing community garden project. I provided analyses, final planting design, organised hard and soft landscaping and created a maintenance plan ready for the garden's opening event all in 6 months. Sourcing specific plants during autumn and winter was a challenge but with organisation and fine detailing, the project was ready. Displays of memorial southern climate trees, climbing vines, lush ferns, scented and colourful flowers and seasonal planting, the garden has something to offer throughout the year. Client: Granby Community Land Trust / Architects: Assemble / Artist in Residence: Nina Edge
Ford Lane Garden - Local demographic analysis, consultations, design of different spaces for different uses, wide variety of planting for food production, pollinators and for forest school, maintenance of project, delivery of a wide variety of workshops and courses including beekeeping, horticulture, joinery and upcycling, volunteer recruitment, CSR development, developing the project with rolling funding and non-funded reliant streams through local employment and teaching delivery. Landowner: One Vision Housing
Made in Bootle - We are proud to create a platform for Bootle and south Sefton residents who make, cook, grow or sow to enable them to showcase their products online or sell at local community markets in Bootle.
The aim of Made in Bootle is to support the local economy by supporting local producers who sell locally made items for local people to buy and enjoy. Local independents include local bakers, artists, writers, cooks, allotmenteers, beekeepers, clothes makers. cosmetic producers, brewers, ceramicists, florists and every other independent inbetween.
If you make and sell with items grown or created in Bootle then you can sell with Made in Bootle!
The idea came about from Andrea Ku of B 4 Biodiversity and Ali Horton of The Gateway Collective - two Bootle founded CICs who have worked together in south Sefton since 2015. Through a love of nature and the environment, they also make and sell products grown or made from their south Sefton community Gardens at North Park Community Garden and Ford Lane Garden.
Local independents include local bakers, artists, writers, cooks, allotmenteers, beekeepers, clothes makers, cosmetic producers, brewers, ceramicists or florists. If you make and sell with items grown or created in Bootle then you can sell with Made in Bootle. The idea came about from Andrea Ku of B 4 Biodiversity, and Ali Horton of The Gateway Collective, two Bootle founded CICs who have worked together in south Sefton since 2015. Through a love of nature and the environment, they also make and sell products grown or made in their south Sefton community gardens. Working with dozens of other makers, they realised a need for a platform for local producers to create a sustainable income for each other and Bootle.
Working with dozens of other makers, they realised a need for a platform for local producers to create a sustainable income for each other and for Bootle.
The concept was born during the Covid pandemic in August 2020 and we have since had funding support from Make Liverpool as part of the Bootle Festival of Ideas and our first Kickstarter young employee as product developer in March 2021 to breathe life into the concept and give it wings!
From April 26th 2021, we are running a Spacehive crowdfunder to raise funds to get the project off the ground and sustain it to the end of 2021. Throw some bird seed our way!