In February, postgraduate Landscape Architecture and Garden Design students at Writtle University College enjoyed a three-day study trip to Bordeaux.
They explored an extensive range of design styles ranging from the beautiful Jardin Public, a public open space first landscaped in 1755, to the Bord'eau Village waterfront which has undergone regeneration since the 1990s.
Other areas of interest included Cimetiere de la Chartreuse, a large cemetery built in the former gardens of the Charteuse convent in the 17th century, and La Meca, a cultural hub and contemporary landscape.
The Jardin Botanique provided a striking example of an urban oasis. Created in 1997 by landscape artist Catherine Mosbach and architect Francoise-Helene Jourda, the garden combines views of 18th century city architecture with green spaces. Features include an area devoted to flora of the Bordeaux region, a water garden and an arboretum.
Associate Lecturer Steve Jeyes said: "We were delighted to offer our students this exciting opportunity. Bordeaux has a reputation for inspirational design, both historic and modern. Our study trips are one of many ways we help our students to build their knowledge and experience."
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