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Tenants get creative with garden design!


With a new communal garden in the pipeline, York Place tenants were buzzing with landscaping ideas last week.

The sheltered housing scheme in Dereham is being expanded to include 6 flats and 2 bungalows, with a new garden area being built on the old bowling green.

Meeting tenants last week at York Place, Ed Mumford-Smith, Head of Planning, and local landscape designer Chris Yardley explained the plans and invited their ideas for the garden design.

Tenants considered different plants for colour, scent and ‘bee-friendliness’. They also looked at design features such as planters accessible to tenants in wheelchairs, bird feeders and a pergola.

The tenants’ top 3 priorities were:

  • easy access to the garden for wheelchair users or those with limited mobility
  • plenty of seating to ensure shade from direct sun at different times of day
  • year-round colour

I always start a garden design with an idea of what I’d like to see, with lots of variety, different textures, colour all year round, the buzzing of insects, birds flying in, but a garden that looks cohesive overall. It was really interesting to get tenants’ feedback today. I’ll now go away and incorporate their suggestions as far as possible

Chris Yardley, landscape designer

Draft designs for the new garden are due to be presented to residents in October, and planting will take place in the spring.

Photos by Keiron Tovell: Tenants sharing ideas for the new garden; Ed Mumford-Smith and Chris Yardley on the site of the new York Place garden, with Neil Footer of Estate Services