Askham Bryan College

Askham-Bryan-College 2015 young gardeners of the year

From left: Richard Faller-Raw, Jack Archer, Steve Prinn, Gary Spreadbury, Ross Whelan, Tom Deigjhton, Brad Bingham, Dan Lambert.

Urban Feast Garden

Young Gardeners of the Year Askham Bryan final small garden design

Garden design

Our garden’s composition reflects the style of living associated with ‘growing your own’ fruit and veg.  The planters are all movable to aid use or to relocate as desired. This helps with space management and garden functionality in a small area. It also allows the owner to adapt to different weather conditions.

Movable containers also make the garden more sustainable, because it allows for a rotational planting system for fruit and vegetables.  Self-sufficiency has a very high sustainability score.

The plants reflect a traditional allotment and an outdoor oven provides a movable feast. The herbs, fruits and flowers echo a Victorian plot where each plant is displayed for aesthetics as well as selected for cooking or medicinal purposes.

The garden design is perfect for a city dweller because it is compact, multi-functional and interchangeable. It also makes the best use of vertical height, which is key for small gardens.

Image: Theo Cohen

Finished garden. Image: Theo Cohen

What recycled materials are you using in the garden?

We are using recycled scaffold boards and tubing, permeable flooring, bricks and clay tiles. Being creative with reclaimed materials allows for a contemporary twist on staple garden features such as timber boundaries and creating height with a pergola. These structures offer a haven for wildlife as well as increasing the area for planting and providing shade, shelter and privacy.

How will you harvest water?

The use of water is critical to the garden. We will catch rainfall for the accumulation tank and use a cascade water feature for transportable rain. This can be appreciated visually with the feature cascade, felt in a sensory way with the cooling effect and acknowledged environmentally with the sustainable flooring, which allows percolation to underground storage.

We will also use water-retaining gel in the containers to reduce the amount of watering needed.

How will your garden support wildlife?

The timber walls contain insect and mammal homes, and the water trough will draw wildlife into the garden. Many creatures will also eat the seeds and fruit from our plants and use the garden as nesting habitats too.

What is your favourite part of the garden?

The atmosphere created.  As a whole the space has an excellent atmosphere, perfect for solitary relaxation or for family and friends on special occasions.


Askham Bryan winning a Bronze Medal. Photo: Theo Cohen

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