(Photo: Faiqa Syed)
Beech Gardens is one of the newest gardens in the City of London bringing a modern horticultural approach to the planting of the grade II-listed Barbican Estate.
The garden is located on a raised podium area in the north-west of the Barbican Estate and was the result of waterproofing works to the roof on which the original garden sat. Professor Nigel Dunnett, best known for his work at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, was commissioned to develop the concept and a planting scheme.
The reinstated garden had to retain the existing layout and features while offering an exciting opportunity to maximise a range of benefits, such as increasing biodiversity and aesthetic value.
Challenging site conditions included exposure and varying aspects. Four plant mixes were developed to suit the varying light conditions created by surrounding residential flats.
The planting scheme includes 22,000 herbaceous plants, which provide colour and interest throughout the flowering season. Fourteen new multi-stemmed trees add structure, height and interest to the garden.