We were approached by one of the North Glasgow housing associations in Aug 2018 with a very interesting project proposal. They were trying to find a contractor to design and build a commemorative garden to celebrate their 25th anniversary.
The client had already purchased three ornamental stags that they wished to use as the centre piece and worked with us to put together a comprehensive design brief. The existing area was an open space set to lawn which was neglected and attracted anti social behaviour.
The team wanted us to create an inspirational public open space that the locals would be proud of and watch over. It had to have visual impact from all sides and to be enjoyed from the public footpath to deter people from entering the space. Following our site survey we presented initial layouts to the team for their input and with some minor revisions the design was approved by the Housing committee.
The materials and plants selected for the new garden had to be anti vandal and anti theft. Hawthorn, Berberis and Pyracantha were used to create a colourful thorned hedge to deter the public from climbing into the space. A second line green steel fencing was installed to provide an additional yet subtle barrier to the main feature area. The stags were set into concrete on steel legs to prevent theft and set into traditional Scottish boulders on an elevated setting to allow visibility.
Traditional Scottish beach cobble and pebbles were set into concrete to prevent vandalism,native plants and a traditional planting scheme help to complete the natural look the team were looking for. The addition of solar powered up lighters allows the garden to be enjoyed all year round well into the evening.
Initially the public feedback on the project was overwhelmingly sceptical, this attitude shifted as we progressed and the end result was met with enthusiasm and a great sense of pride from the local population.
It is a project which we as a company are extremely proud to have been involved in.