Eco Living: Plants for family gardens

One of the ways of achieving eco living is by having a family garden where you can grow plants for environmental protection and food. A family garden is like an outdoor room, a space where the family can relax, play and interact with nature.

In a family garden you need tough plants that are easy to look after and safe with children around: avoid fragile blooms, anything with thorns, or plants that can cause skin irritations or that are poisonous to eat. Teach children never to put leaves, flowers or berries in their mouths.

A good backbone of easy-care shrubs will provide structure, then add a few perennials for both colour and fragrance. Lavender and chocolate cosmos (Cosmos atrosanguineus) are good choices for their lovely scent, as are Mexican orange blossom (Choisya ternata) and the thornless rose ‘Zephirine Drouhin’. You could also consider mallow (Lavatera). dogwood(cornus), buddleia (which is robust and attractive to butterflies) and the vigorious kerria japonica.

If you have space, set aside an area for children to grow their oen plants. Sweet peas, sunflowers, beans, lettuces and nasturtiums are easy to cultivate and will give pleasure all summer long.

 

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Memorial garden open at Leicester City helicopter crash

A memorial garden dedicated to the five people killed in the Leicester City helicopter crash has opened on the site of the disaster.

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The garden, opened on the crash’s first anniversary, is named after the club’s chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, who was among those who died.

It was grown using compost made from the floral tributes left at the site.

Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy said the garden would show people “the type of person” Mr Vichai was.

On 27 October 2018 the chairman’s helicopter crashed shortly after taking off, killing all those on board.

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Floral tributes

Kaveporn Punpare and Nusara Suknamai, members of Mr Vichai’s staff, and pilots Eric Swaffer and Izabela Roza Lechowicz also died when the helicopter spiralled out of control after taking off from the club’s stadium.

On Sunday 27/102019 there was a private, multi-faith ceremony at the Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha Memorial Garden, attended by players and members of the victims’ families.

The garden, which is outside the King Power Stadium, was then opened to the public at 14:00 GMT.

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Source: BBC News

2019 UK Award winning House in the Garden

Located in the back garden of a 19th Century townhouse, House in a Garden replaces a dilapidated 1960s bungalow with a contemporary home that places attention to detail and manipulation of natural light at the heart of the scheme.

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Overshadowed by houses on three sides and a large plane tree within the garden, 3-D modelling techniques were used from the outset to test ideas and evolve the building’s architecture.

Upon arrival through a narrow entrance route to the side of the townhouse, you are immediately struck by the wonderous single storey pavilion-like structure that sits within the pocket garden. A series of light wells are discreetly integrated within the landscape setting to maximise natural light to the floors below.

The primary architectural feature comprises the sculptural copper roof made up of prefabricated glue laminated timbers exposed internally that appear to float above walls of full height glazing. Rising up within the centre of the living area, the complex double curvature of the tent-like structure concludes in a glazed OCUIUS that enables sunlight to track across the immaculate internal environment. Externally, the funnel-shaped copper roof is visible from adjoining properties providing a welcome addition to the neighbourhood while respecting surrounding apartment owners’ privacy and access to daylight.

From the ground floor living and dining space a suspended wooden staircase leads down to the bedrooms below. These spaces receive light from the two generous greenery-filled light wells that permeate through the two floors below ground. The lowest floor provides a 10m swimming pool and gallery-style sitting area for exercise and relaxation.

At every turn, the quality and refinement of the materials palette and deftness of detailing is apparent. From the extensive use of grooved panels of grey Carrara marble and Douglas fir timbers to the impeccable kitchen comprising copper cabinets and splash backs, these combine to give a strong sensual quality to the interiors.

In conclusion, the building offers a clever response to a unique set of circumstances, where natural light has been enthusiastically embraced to inform and direct the development of an accomplished piece of architecture.

Internal Area 253 m²

Contractor New Wave

Structural Engineer Built Engineers

Environmental / M&E Engineer Pearce and Associates

Landscape Architect Todd Longstaffe-Gowan

Quantity Surveyor / Cost Consultant Leslie Clark

Lighting Design Isometrix

 

 

 

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Source: RIBA London Award 2019

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