Portfolio: Weir Bank

Planting for a weir island at an impressive Grade II Listed town house.

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The Brief

The client lived in an impressive Grade II listed Georgian town house in The Costswolds.  The gardens to the rear of the house faced south bordering onto the River Isbourne and the Sudeley Estate. There have been a number of projects undertaken for this client but one of most interesting was work on their ‘Weir Bed’.

At the bottom of the garden was a tributary off the river and this had worn away over the years. The local Council and Water Authority were spending a large sum of money rebuilding the weir and reinstating its edges using Gabion baskets.  The brief was to plant up the Weir Island after the work with appropriate planting.

Design Solution

We carried out a thorough survey, consulted with the Local Council and Waterways and suggested a suitable planting scheme.  This included a number of trees, Amelanchier Lamarkii and specimen Pyrus salicifolia Pendula.

The main bank was planted with Athyrium felix-femina & Dryopteris affinis Crispa Ferns, Cornus alba Elegantissima, Prunus Rotundifolia, Viburnum Mariesii and Berberis thunbergii Atropurpurea.

The stream edges were planted with Rodgersia Pinnata, Zantedeschia Crowborough, Helleborus niger and we also included Carex Siderosticha Variegata and Miscanthus Morning Light grasses and bulbs.   We planted a Rosa rugosa Alba hedge to stop trespassers onto the weir.


The Details

SizeWeir Bed 150m x 50m
AspectRear garden, South facing
SoilDamp surrounded by streams, Dry under tree canopy. ph 7.0 Neutral and ph 7.5 Alkaline
Project commencedMay 2009
Project completedSeptember 2010
ContractorHard Landscaping - Waterways improvement scheme. Design, Specification and Supply of plants - Sweet P Garden Design. Clients own gardener planted.

The Costs

Design fee£750 for Survey & Planting Plan
Build cost£2000 For supply of plants and placing on site, Clients own gardener planted them.