Kirkdale Country Garden


Cared for by Rotunda.  Supported by Jo Malone London.  Designed by BCA Landscape.

Landscape Institute Design Award Winner 2016

The Rotunda College in Liverpool provides community led and holistic solutions to local problems through a range of services and activities; which are accessed by approximately 2000 local people a year. Their programme delivers learner-led education and training which can engage and help the most marginalised and disadvantaged people in the community.

The new Garden has been designed to further the college’s objectives, providing opportunities for training and qualifications for garden volunteers; improving community links; enabling wheelchair-friendly access; incorporating a kitchen garden to link with the college’s cafe; whilst promoting the concept of growing and eating fresh fruit and vegetables.

Thanks to funding through Jo Malone London, Mersey Forest, Biffa, Atlantic Gateway, Liverpool Mutual Homes, BCA Landscape and First TransPennine Express this strong vision for the community is becoming a reality.

For the last two years BCA Landscape has been delighted to donate their time in kind for this outstanding community project.

With special thanks also for their Time, Donations & Support to – The people of Kirkdale, Dobbies Garden Centre, Community Payback, Liverpool Vision, The Territorial Army, Laing O’Rourke, The Liverpool School of English, North Liverpool Academy, The Regenda Group, Tilly Hire, Positive futures, Hugh Baird College, The Woodland Trust, Lanes Landscapes, Tota Re-use, Photocast and anybody who has helped in anyway to make this a truly special and inspirational project….

Facts & Figures ……beyond BREEAM…..Sustainable ’EPIC Rating!’


Over 150 native trees planted
Over 1,000 Native Hedgerow species planted
More than 10,000 new Bulbs and woodland understorey plants
Over 1,000 perennials and shrubs planted that are attractive to insects and
pollinators [including over 50 different species on the RHS ‘Pefect for Pollinaters’ plant list across
all four seasons]
Over 50 fruit trees, along with herbs and salads grown in kitchen garden for
café and community.
On-going community horticultural learning programme established.
Over 400 m2 of new native woodland created [including up-cycled bird boxes, willow
tunnel, natural reading area for kids, stepping stones through wooded glades – all designed to
encourage more positive interaction with nature].
Additional soil re-cycled from nearby construction site.

Hard Landscape

Recycled stable tiles and yorkstone [from local salvage yard]
All drainage managed through natural infiltration in to ground
Zero electricity requirement in design
Upcycled furniture by Total Re-use in Merseyside [ including the Harvest table – part of
the wider programme to encourage positive healthy eating and lifestyles]
Positive Community involvement from start to finish [on a daily basis].
Existing railings retained and re-furbished.
Excavation material re-used as new sub-base.


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