Travels of a Landscape Designer

25 July 2016

The summer months can make London unbearable: Hot tarmac, stuffy trains, enough to drive city-dwellers far away.  For us, it’s a perfect opportunity to get out of the studio and in to the landscape, with recent travel spots including France, Columbia, Dorset, Poland, Cuba, Norfolk, Spain and Yorkshire.  Each new landscape brings with it a different set of habitats, arrangement of space, natural planting combinations.  How local communities inhabit and interact with their surroundings is equally important.

A ‘truly wild’ landscape, like the Yorkshire Moors, can bring a thwack of vastness, a thrilling rush of wilderness. There is a different sort of inspiration to be found in the more domesticated landscapes of the villages of Southern France, and yet another from the grand arches, cloisters and colonnades of the Alhambra Palace in Granada.  As landscape designers, working with a mixture of man-made and natural forms, we can draw just as readily from each.  This makes it all the more important to travel to places as far as Columbia, and as near as the Lea Valley.  In doing so we soak ourselves in visual inspiration from as wide an array of sources as possible, whilst never forgetting the historical layering of habitats and landscape inherent in the site itself.

- Elizabeth Tyler