I’ve been working on designs for the Paragraph 80 house that I’m working on with Jackson Crane Architects. Paragraph 80 is a planning regulation that allows houses to be built in the countryside if they meet very tough specific criteria.
Having an ecology and landscape consultant on board definitely helps the planning process – and my job is to ensure that the surrounding landscape is enhanced by the project.
Currently we are working on detailed landscape plans, which will include interior grow spaces, with historic local fruit species. The new landscape concludes with a foraging walk through the wilds beyond.
The new concept will push the boundaries of what is accepted as an interior / exterior design where sensitivity to the local countryside needs to be carefully considered.
The courtyard orchard area – and the extended landscape foraging area too – would provide a winter larder for the house. This would enable the homeowners to be very connected with their own landscape by preserving their fruits and produce into jellies, jams and pickles using historic native and wild species, which would have been found in this landscape for many hundreds of years.
Find out more from my YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H5EaLlok2Oo
What am I reading?
I happened to click on this fabulous article about an ancient forest in Dartmoor, photographed by Neil Burnell. This beautiful foggy landscape has been unchanged for centuries, and let’s hope it stays that way.
Here’s the article: