David Loy from Your Garden Design in Chichester has been announced joint winner of the Society of Garden Designer’s Future Designer Award, sponsored by Deepdale Trees. He shares the accolade with Emily Erlam, a contractor from Landform Consultants.
The ceremony took place at the Landmark Hotel in London on Friday 29 January, with 400 people attending the prestigious event. David received the award for his project at the West House near Chichester, with judges commenting that it was “beautifully built” with “nice attention to detail” and that it showed he “has the skills to master a complex site”.
David, who owns bespoke design company Your Garden Design with his wife Sarah, said: “Having only set up my business three years ago, The West House was one of my first large scale and complex projects. To have won the Future Designer Award, highlighted as ‘One to watch’ by leading names in the field of Garden Design, is a milestone, inspiring confidence and encouraging me to further advance my ideas.
“The SGD Awards annually celebrate the best in garden design and would not be possible without the generous support of the sponsors. I would like to extend my thanks to Deepdale Trees for their collaboration in the Future Designer Award”.
The West House project, a large Contemporary English styled garden in West Sussex, was entered by David following discussions with the client which revealed they felt their brief had been fulfilled despite it being a difficult and challenging site.
Commenting on the process, David said: “From a design perspective, I particularly like the visual links between different areas of the garden created by the extensive use of traditionally knapped and coursed flint walling, pale sawn sandstone paving and locally sourced oak and split chestnut post and rail fencing. As the planting matures, it will soften the lines and bring seasonal interest, giving each area of the garden its own dimension and character.
“Having completed the design, I went on to build, plant and maintain the garden with the assistance of a small team ,including my wife, of specialist trades for the paving and flint walling. For me this project has been a determined labour of love for the last two and a half years, and has tested every aspect of my knowledge to create a space that not only functions as a garden but fits with its surroundings. I feel the best part of seeing the garden finished is opening the gate on arrival and seeing the garden revealed, always changing with the light and the seasons.”