Project: Naomi House, Winchester, Hampshire

Services: Landscape Design, Planting Design, Detailed Design, Project Management

Project Status: Design

This landscape design in Winchester aim was to come up with creative and unique proposals for a new sensory garden which will provide multiple spaces for play and therapy for the children and young adults, and has been designed to engage the senses and allow children as well as adults to experience nature while staying at Naomi House in Winchester.

A small, yet accessible Amphitheatre will provide an extra dimension to the hospice and will be used as an outside classroom space for learning, reading and relaxing.

Large paths through the soft landscaping in this landscape design in Winchester will allow the children to interact with the planting. Seating in these areas have been designed for private one to one learning spaces with chalk boards.

The planting throughout the landscape design will aid in the sensory feel to the space. The chosen planting palette will include feature shrubs that will provide greenery and interest all year round whilst supporting the ornamental grasses and perennials. The grasses will play a huge part in bringing in texture, sound, height and movement to the space. The perennial planting will be planting to provide a space for wildlife and biodiversity to enter the designed space. This will help the users interact with nature when exploring the outside space.

Materials throughout will be accessible for all. The use of multicolour, permeable hard landscaping will ensure that the outside space can be used all year round as well as not relying on the planting to bring colour and brightness to the space.

New wheelchair accessible planters will be installed around the existing chicken run, allowing children of all disabilities to engage with gardening, growing fruit and vegetables for family and charity days.