Gardening a railway bank

Reclaiming an old railway bank

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Site: A mews garden in the heart of old Harborne, formerly the old ‘Chad Valley Railway’, latterly a coal yard and garage.

Brief: When the mews was built the railway bank was hidden by a log wall, covering trees, bricks and a coal bunker. The clients wanted access to the banked area for planting and sitting out.

The plan was to give the clients access to the top garden and make space to grow flowers, fruit and vegetables. I mapped the garden and created the flowing design in a mixture of new matching landscape logs and timber to provide steps and bark paths around and up to a bench set looking down over the rest of the garden and towards the house.

I managed both the construction and the planting.

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