Overview

Designer Anne Keenan, a long-time client of ours, had won a national competition, organised by the Society of Garden Designers (SGD), to design a heritage garden with the kitchen gardens at Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons, as a showcase for organic methods, sustainability and traditional native vegetable varieties.
Naturally, we were delighted that Anne entrusted Walmsley Shaw with making her vision reality. We constructed the hard landscaping using building materials sourced from the British Isles, natural and recycled wherever possible, to provide a perfect setting for the heritage vegetables planted by Anne, Raymond and his team.

Client's view

“I wanted the Heritage Garden to be a very special and important addition to my kitchen garden at Le Manoir. The design needed to be aesthetically pleasing, yet also practical for maximum production and display of delicious heritage vegetables. And I’m pleased to say that’s precisely what Anne and her highly professional team delivered.”

Architect's view

AKimage3“This was a project that demanded design and craftsmanship of the highest quality. My inspiration came from Le Manoir and its setting – its shapes, colours and materials.

“To meet the brief of a sustainable and bio-diverse garden, we needed to source materials as locally as possible, and think of really creative ways to use materials already available at Le Manoir. And I wanted the whole garden to be constructed without the use of cement and concrete – a challenge for both the designer and the contractor!”

“As on previous occasions working with Walmsley Shaw, Martin and his team proved to be friendly, flexible and professional on this very demanding project. In a word, excellent.”

Anne Keenan, www.annekeenan.co.uk

Builder's view

“This wasn’t one of our bigger projects, but it had enormous interest and charm for us – particularly because of the focus on preserving native seeds and plants.

“In our work, we’re fanatical about making the best use of traditional crafts and materials, so building a heritage garden of this kind was definitely playing to our strengths. And luckily, Anne was aware of that, having previously worked with us on a number of successful projects.”