Student’s garden design for Hadleigh Training Centre shortlisted for award

October 2017

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A student’s design for a garden at a training centre for people with special education needs has been shortlisted for a major industry award.

Writtle University College postgraduate Eunjung Jun has created a garden design for the Salvation Army’s Hadleigh Training Centre near Southend.

Eunjung’s masterplan has now been shortlisted with nine other entries for a Society of Garden Designers (SGD) Student Award and she will find out if she has won on 2 February 2018.

The Life Cycle Garden features naturalistic and wildlife-friendly planting which changes with the seasons, offering not only a colour-changing view throughout the year but also new seasonal opportunities for teaching horticultural practices to trainees.

As well as showcasing trainees’ work, the garden would provide public spaces for socialising, meeting and connecting with nature and Eunjung Jun suggests it could become a space for community seasonal events, such as a summer film festival or decorating Christmas trees.

The design features cutting and vegetable gardens as well as a wildlife pond area with planting that changes colour throughout the year. The design of the entrance is characterised by a path that bisects the garden, designed in the shape of a tree. The paths are wide, so that wheelchair users can move easily along them.

Sensitive to the ecology of the surrounding landscape, it is topped off with an overhead walkway giving people access to the tree canopy and dramatic views of the historic 13th Century Hadleigh Castle and the wider Thames Estuary.

Eunjung Jun, 39, from South Korea, who completed a conversion course in Garden Design at Writtle University College last year and is now studying for an MA Garden Design, said: “I am absolutely delighted to be shortlisted for this award. My garden design could give tutors at the centre the opportunity to plan their teaching around the seasons, from taking cuttings to harvesting vegetables, from flower arranging to cooking with the fruits from the native hedgerows.”

Eunjung completed the project under the guidance of garden design lecturer Steve Terry. He said: “I am thrilled for Eunjung, who has taken quite a difficult brief and created a design that works on many levels incorporating education, ecology, horticultural opportunities and revealing the work of the Salvation Army to the wider public.

“The design is sophisticated and successful in bringing all these elements together. I wish Eunjung the best of luck with her nomination; it is well-deserved.”