The future of the English meadow
I was pleasantly surprised at how the 40mm chips looked like gravel and was intrigued by the idea of using a recycled, sustainable and local product. I decided to commit – and so we created a 10cm deep layer on the dry grassland site. Each plant was spaced approximately 45cm apart in a random matrix style to create a grassland effect, then planted through the recycled rubble. The upper two thirds of the plant came into contact with the concrete and the lower third in contact with the ground. To minimize weeds, every effort has been made to avoid contaminating the stone mulch with soil.
Planting took place in March and was followed by a single watering. No further watering has taken place since, which really showcases the moisture retention qualities of a stone mulch. We opened up the dry meadow earlier this month and will be using it to illustrate a one-day “Creating a Drought-Resistant Garden” course in October.
Knepp Castle goes wild for crushed concrete
Knepp Castle in West Sussex recently transformed its 1.3-acre walled garden to follow the ethos of the wider estate, which is now renowned for its pioneering rewilding project, as described by owner Isabella Tree in her book hit Wilding.
Knepp’s goal is to create a horticultural experience aimed at maximizing biodiversity that will create opportunities for learning and inspiration using a drought-tolerant, wildlife-beneficial plant community.