Thrive, Battersea Park

In June 2008 Thrive, the charity that uses gardening to change the lives of disabled people, ran a competition to re design their Battersea Park garden.

‘The Ellipse Garden’

The challenge was to create a space that people with a range of needs could use, in sun and rain, as well as providing a welcoming space for visitors.

My entry was inspired by the elliptical footprint of Thrive’s new building – an unconventional and striking visual feature. I used the ellipse as a recurring element from the shape of the deck to the creation of curved paths, borders and lawn. This tied garden and building together and created rhythm and sense of familiarity, which would be relaxing and feel ‘right’ to people using the garden. I wanted to generate a sense of wellbeing, inclusion and calm.

Both sunny and woodland borders were created to offer variety and opportunities to work in the open or in shady more ‘private’ space.

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