This garden explores the enduring relationship between Sheffield and the bordering Peak District. Historically, the Peaks provided iron-ore, gritstone and water that were used to power the steel industry. Today the area’s natural beauty is an escape for many from the pressures of modern life.
A sunken patio seating area covered by a Corten steelframed pergola symbolises the Steel City, and is mirrored by a steel fence. A spherical upcycled cutlery sculpture made by a local artist symbolises Sheffield’s famous cutlery trade.
From the patio, steps lead to a peaceful, contemplative space filled with naturalistic planting representing the National Park. Among the planting are gritstone boulders similar to those found on the moors.
A green roof and wall is planted with sedums and ferns, and water drips from moss into the pool, symbolising the peat bogs of the National Park. The planting, much of which is pollinator-friendly, includes Kniphofia, Digitalis, Geum, Allium andCamassia, and an Acer griseum provides height and shade.