Originally built in the late nineteenth century, Southfield manor sits at the very outer
edge of Cheltenham. Its boundary wall marks the edge of the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with views from the house across open fields towards the Cotswold escarpment about 1 mile away.
Old photographs of the garden showed a formal lawn which had been lost and allowed to revert to overgrown weed infested grassland with invading scrub species. A culvert which takes the water from a stream under the garden had become blocked and required urgent attention.
The design involved bringing the stream water back to the surface over a series of weirs. The stream sides were planted with local native flora. The lawn was re-developed with a slight taper to accentuate its length. A second lawn was developed nearer the house. New planting beds were developed around the house and planted with a mixture of herbaceous perennials with seasonal colours moving from blues and whites in the spring through to warm rusts and copper colours in the autumn.
The existing paving was re-layed into a rectilinear form to reflect the symmetry of
the house. The entrance drive was roughly halved in size to allow a whole new area of garden to be reclaimed.
Approximately 10 trees were felled within the garden or at its boundaries to provide a visual link between garden and countryside.