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Nine Mile Burn


Description of site:

The site is the ground to the rear of a semi-detached modernised cottage (originally the local inn) in the village of Nine Mile Burn in Midlothian.  The burn itself marks the boundary on two sides of the garden and the ground slopes down to it from the house.  Part of the burn runs through woodland and part of it is bounded by farmland and the views to it and across were a major feature of the site.  A new extension and garage to the side of the house had resulted in a steep slope of questionable stability from the new buildings down to the burn.  The clients have two young children and the safety aspects of both burn and slopes were extremely important.

The existing hard landscape (paving, low walls and steps) were in poor condition and did not relate well to the house or the surrounding garden.  The garden was mainly surfaced with grass with some decorative planting and an area of woodland at the furthest point away from the house.  The total area of ground under consideration is approximately 1500m2.

Client's brief:

The client wished to have a garden which relates both to the house and its rural situation.  They wanted something which was fairly sympathetic to the situation in terms of planting yet simple with perhaps a Japanese feel.  They wanted the steep slope beside the garage stabilised as a matter of priority and wanted the garden turned into a safe area for the children to play in but with areas for sitting and entertaining.

Current situation:

Phase 1 of the hard landscape, involving the stabilising of the bank below the garage and the formation of terraces to the rear of the garage, has been completed and phase 2, the formation of a terrace beside the rear of the house and steps leading down to a level lawn area, is complete.  Some planting has been carried out on the newly-formed bank.


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