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Sussex Heritage Trust 2023 Award Win!

Wildlife Friendly Coastal Garden wins the 'Landscape and Garden' Award at the Sussex Heritage Trust 2023 Awards.


It is so wonderful that the sustainable, wildlife friendly eco garden near Rye, that I designed with habitat for bats in mind, has won yet another award. The garden features a drought tolerant gravel garden at the front and a perennial wildflower meadow and fruit trees at the rear, with some raised vegetable beds and a small pond and bog garden with a seating area at the end of the garden. Hard landscaping materials were all locally sourced and some were reclaimed materials. All the rainwater from the house and garden is collected and reused. The bats returned to the garden and took up residence in the new bat boxes on the new Eco house which was a fantastic result!


What the judges said: “A back to nature garden with extensive planting and all year round colour. Wildlife friendly with newts in the pond and bats in bat houses.”


The Sussex Heritage Trust Awards, now in their 25th year, recognise and celebrate high quality conservation, restoration and new built architectural and landscape projects in Sussex. Thank you to the Ernest Kleinwort Charitable Trust for sponsoring the Award and to all the other sponsors & staff of Sussex Heritage Trust for such an enjoyable lunch and ceremony


Sussex Heritage Trust are a registered charity who offer educational opportunities in the conservation building and construction industry for young people based in Sussex, take a strategic interest in Sussex building and landscape conservation issues, highlight, survey and report on buildings at risk and work with government agencies, local authorities and community groups on heritage projects.


Pictured with me in the photos below is Sam Avard my new business partner! Before joining forces with me Sam had his own landscape business S.R.Avard Ltd. and he worked on this garden together with Mitchells Construction, who also built the Eco house. Sam is now one half of Kristina Clode Garden Design bringing his in-depth knowledge of landscape construction, materials, costing, project monitoring, impeccable attention to detail and whole lot more! Watch out for Sam's first blog post soon!



Wildlife Friendly Eco Garden near Rye wins the Sussex Heritage Trust 'Landscape & garden' Award 2023
Sam proudly showing off our new Sussex Heritage Trust 'Landscape & Garden' 2023 Award

Wildlife Friendly Eco Garden near Rye wins the Sussex Heritage Trust 'Landscape & garden' Award 2023
Our Sussex Heritage award certificate and slate plaque - which we will present to the garden owner to display in the garden. Image: Sarah Oliver Photography.

 All the Sussex Heritage Trust Award winners and Highly Commended Certificate winners.   Image: Sarah Oliver Photography.
All the Sussex Heritage Trust Award winners and Highly Commended Certificate winners. Image: Sarah Oliver Photography.


Sussex Heritage Trust 2023 Landscape & Gardens Award Winners booklet entry
Sussex Heritage Trust 2023 Winners booklet entry.

Sussex Heritage Trust Landscape and Garden Winner Certificate 2023
Sussex Heritage Trust Winner Certificate

Sussex Heritage Award List of Entries Description of the Eco Wildlife Garden
Sussex Heritage Award List of Entries Description of the Eco Wildlife GardenGarden

Sussex Heritage Trust List of 2023 Entries Cover
Sussex Heritage Trust List of 2023 Entries Cover





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