Landscape Design & Ecological Restoration
Urquhart & Hunt is a landscape design studio dedicated to nature, with an impeccable design and fulfilment process. As first-time exhibitors at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2022, they won a gold medal and Best in Show for their A Rewilding Britain Landscape, which showcased a native landscape in the process of rewilding, flourishing bio-diversity and including a beaver’s dynamic habitat.
The practice specialises in contemporary restorations of older gardens and their wider landscapes, bringing nature into gardens as part of ecological restoration. Focusing on organic principles, they use native plants wherever possible to increase biodiversity and natural habitat health, whilst their sensitivity to cultural history brings the much-needed human dimension into the landscape.
Along with Suzi Martineau, they are co-founders of The Tree Conference – an annual event encompassing climate science and deep ecology to understand our relationship with and the true value of trees.
A Rewilding Britain Landscape
Our garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2022 will showcase, thanks to Project Giving Back, for the first time, how ecosystem engineers, in this case beavers, allow biodiversity to thrive through their astounding manipulation of the landscape.
In support of Rewilding Britain, this garden exemplifies the harmonious coexistence of people and the natural world that the concept of rewilding advances. Featuring a timber track, a wildlife viewing hide, native plant species and a series of beaver dams, the garden portrays a landscape both restored and re-imagined.
Beavers became extinct in the UK 400 years ago, and only in recent years have they been reintroduced back into parts of the country, notably in Exmoor National Park, Dartmoor National Park and east Devon. The inspiration for the garden comes from seeing the incredible abundance, diversity and beauty that comes from the presence of beavers, a mammal once lost to the British landscape and now reintroduced.
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