Month: February 2016

Syrian/Hazel Garden February 27th

More rain but good progress nonetheless on Saturday. Perimeter pretty much in, we had to leave out a section to facilitate access for the large precast concrete manhole ring which will form the structure of the central water feature. The water feature will be 2 metres in diameter and 1 metre high. The perimeter will… Read more »

Hug A Tree. Seriously.

It’s never a bad idea to plant a tree.  We plant trees principally for their looks and we all know on an instinctive level how important they are but have we ever really stopped to ponder all that makes them so great?The list is so long I’ve split it into three sections. Let’s call the… Read more »

Would You Cut Down This Tree?

Have you ever noticed how our newsreaders like to give us a sense of the scale of the particular catastrophe that they are describing? For example” a sinkhole as deep as two double decker buses has opened up in a supermarket parking lot in Ohio”, or “a fire covering the area of ten football pitches… Read more »

Super Garden Time Again

Hard to believe but it’s almost that time again. There I was last February at my kitchen table filling out the Application Form, pressing send and thinking no more about it. Two days later the first call came; can you make yourself available for a phone interview on Friday at 3.00pm? Definitely. At 3.30 pm… Read more »

Syrian Garden February 20th

Despite the rain we made good progress down at the Syrian Garden in the refugee reception centre in Monasterevin on Saturday. All of the perimeter posts went in, railing and boarding will happen next Saturday. Not surprisingly, given the recent weather, we encountered an awful lot of surface water. We had to divert a couple… Read more »

Peak Oil Tank

A few days ago I drove past a newly built house out in the country, a tasteful Regency style bungalow with a Laurel perimeter hedge. Everything was grand. And then I saw it. Stuck to a gable at the driveway end up on lintels supported on 4 inch solid blocks the awful eyeful of forest… Read more »

The Hazel Garden II

Like any piece of design, it all begins with the research. Bearing in mind just how forcibly and traumatically these people have been separated from their homeland I have been keen throughout this process to produce a design which provides the residents with an emotional link to their native land. To that end I have… Read more »