Tall, clipped yew proved the answer to both problems. Inspired by the work of the late landscape architect Brenda Colvin, and in part implemented by her partner, Hal Moggridge, yew hedges and a yew tunnel now define the east lawn. At the same time, they provide a frame for the outstanding view and necessary protection for the borders. Placing the hedges was critical to ensure the proper perspective.
When we looked at the house from the fields, it seemed about to topple down the valley, Caroline remembers.
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Formal elements, like the clipped hedges, the topiary and the newly created canal, are balanced by areas of rough grass and a natural pond; the disciplined geometry of the kitchen gardens is offset by a woodland garden.