Think Sustainability

Orchard Close: further information

Joint working took place between officers at Hampshire County Council, together with the Hampshire Gardens Trust and guests and staff at the unit to produce a garden design that would meet the needs of those using the garden, whilst also allowing sustainability to be taken into account.

Orchard Close garden

The design creates spaces suited to different uses, linked by wide, easily accessible paths, and separated by planting or trellis. There is an orchard which is managed to encourage wildlife and provides a place for quiet relaxation and shelter. A water feature and bog garden have also been included (using rainwater off the roof) which encourages wildlife and provides a tranquil focal point for sheltered seating and a new summerhouse. Other areas for more active uses include a games lawn, a terrace for barbeques and performances, and a skittle path.   The local community is encouraged to get involved, and there is a very supportive Friends Group which assists volunteers to carry out maintenance one morning each month.  The local Women's Institute has also provided grant aid for further planting enhancement.

Funding was provided by Hampshire County Council as a pilot site for the installation of photovoltaic cells. This was only on a small scale and was intended to see if this was a potentially cost effective and environmentally friendly alternative. Monitoring is still on-going.

For more information about the garden please contact Christianne Strubbe on 01962 846817 or email christianne.strubbe@hants.gov.uk