The design retained the existing central path but it was widened by adding a gravel border on either side. A drainage channel underneath the gravel resolves the problem of the path flooding in heavy rain.
Acers and columns of pruned Beech give structure to the planting scheme and provide an interesting contrast the the loose and naturalistic planting style used throughout the garden.
See my blog page for more details about the building and opening of this garden.
South West facing but partially shaded by large trees
neutral, free draining
space for pupils, teachers and parents to socialise, reflect the rhythms and cycles of nature, use natural and reclaimed materials, storage space for recycling bags, screen oil tank from view, retain existing hedge and trees, resolve issue of the central path flooding in heavy rain
informal and naturalistic
naturalistic, including natives