Within the context of a larger historic estate, 17th Century manor house, and landscaped gardens that are often open to the public, the 5 Hectare meadow garden used an area where silt from the adjacent dredged lake had been dumped and spread. Outbuildings were demolished and sight lines adjusted so that the new vistas from the centre of the meadow segments aligned on other key landscape features, either distant or near. The spiral mound at the centre allows visitors to get an overview. Rings of cherry trees help reinforce the circular pathways around the meadows. A new lake edge path runs up to a giant igloo shaped steel arbour where willows are being trained to enclose the outer form.
The Meadow Garden
Location: Highnam court, Highnam, Gloucester, UK
In Collaboration: Chris Trollope
Year of completion: 2010
Brodie McAllister is a chartered landscape architect, and landscape artist, Fellow and Vice President of the Landscape Institute. Formerly, he was a Director of Studies at the University of Gloucestershire.