Overlooking the riverbank

Hedsor Wharf sits on a 50-acre site stretching along the Thames, which was originally a trading post for goods transported by water. The house has a sweeping lawn overlooking the riverbank, a pond and natural stream, woodlands, grasslands, and formally structured gardens.   The client has lived in the house for 40 years and wanted to give the grounds a new lease of life by breaking up the more formal areas so they could be enjoyed by her children and grandchildren.

This is one of our in-progress projects with completion set for later this year in the summer months.

RSL’s design visions included keeping the existing formal gardens but planted wilder-looking plants and grasses, reducing the hedgerows to open up views and connect the house to the wider landscape.

Eventually, the existing stream will be re-imagined as a gently meandering cascading waterway, with banks of aquatic and marginal planting and water lilies.  Stone and timber bridges are proposed to provide romantic crossing points.  Meanwhile, curved planting beds will spill out onto the lawns overlooking the river, wrapping around the river frontage in sweeps of herbs and grasses. These will frame the house and provide greater connectivity with the wider landscape and the river as well as achieving the clients desired need for improved privacy.