The Social is an example of a residential garden and is in a zone 1 area. It is adjacent to our zone 0 (the home) and zone 1 the allotment
The elements incorporated are, an edible lawn, hugelmounds for moisture retention and to create texture in the land scape; tyres to demonstrate thermal mass and how you can prevent them from going to landfill. There is a swing, pond and firepit.
Some examples of plants include: plum, witch hazel, raspberry, bladder senna (nitrogen fixing), cytisus (nitrogen fixing), amelenchier lamarckii.
Design Ideas and Considerations
This design is very much focused on the people care ethic. The way it is set out encourages relaxation, whilst being functional for harvesting medicinal plants and fruit. There are also one or two perennial greens, such as Austrian Tree Cabbage and iceplant (sedum)
Hanging from our Mother oak, the swing was predominately created for adults in mind but children use it too. As adults we forget to ‘find the child’ within us, so games and music are encouraged here round a small firepit.
This design also includes a firepit and small pond. The pond is added initially for safety if the fire gets out of hand, but an additional function is for wild life habitat, storing water and thermal mass.
We wanted a variety of edible species in the lawn, these are self heal, dandelion, salad burnet, cuckoo flower, plantain and daisy. We let flowers such as cuckoo flower and ragged robin, grow before the first cut
Beautiful views of the sunset can be seen from here in the Summer and several species of birds frequent this area, more than other places at Wishtree.