Commissioned by East Sussex County Council, LLD provided a landscape design strategy inclusive of vehicular and pedestrian access, landscape infrastructure and areas of hard and soft landscape for the students.
The landscape enhancement measures were designed with the aim of enhancing species and bio-diversity within the site. The entrance by the school building is framed and softened with an embankment planted with specimen shrub and flowering accent and herbaceous planting, providing seasonality as well as visual interest.
Nursey and reception areas are designated and defined through a colour banded surface treatment, and play areas are softened with surrounding mixed species native hedgelines, and grass seeding to provide informal recreation and visual amenity.
A habitat garden features mixed species, incorporating wildflower and grass species, providing visual interest as well as helping to soften and filter the views of the building from within the site.
The planting provides a mosaic of habitats for supporting a wide range of wildlife including birds, invertebrates, small mammals, and bats to both forage and nest.
Opportunities for the students to learn of the supported wildlife is made possible through log piles and bug hotels, constructed from recycled materials placed amongst the garden.