Village Rectory - Dorset


Paving and cobbled areas


This garden was designed by Wendy Cartwright whose inspiring design made use of locally quarried Hamstone in a variety of ways. Areas of rough coursed cobbles contrast neatly with larger areas of sawn paving slabs. Low walls of random stone link with shot blasted kerbs on the second level. The design pivots around a flight of reclaimed steps made from hamstone with enormous Blue Lias treads. Newly carved ball finials complete the piece. Two heavy green oak arches add an elegant vertical dimension complimented by box cones and formal box hedges. Hamstone is a lovely stone to work with, it is soft and easily carved, with a warm golden colour.



Handover day

Early stages

Reclaimed steps under construction


Upper level nearly complete

Construction finished and
structural planting in place

Lower level path and arch with box cones


Gate by Newton Forge

Weathered path gravel

Planting after two years


Spring tulips



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