Biological and chemical plant warfare?

Ivy v. Nettles, or the balance of Grant and Nature working togetherIvy v. Nettles, or the balance of Grant and Nature working together?

One area of ground which started as a temporary holding location for half of our Ivy Stock Plants, is now, remarkably, nettle-free.

During the winter we planted eighty ground cover ivy strains across a patch of ground riddled with Nettle plants and after 3 years the nettles lost the biological war and the Ivies won.

All the Ivies will be moved to their permanent growing areas plant-by-plant, and I’m sure we’ll have to extricate their roots from the dormant remains of Nettle plants just lying in wait for daylight, but maybe not. Just maybe one group of plants displaced another. Plants use a mix of physical, chemical and biological methods to ‘take-over’ new territory and many of these methods are openly supported by gardeners.

I’m on the side of the Ivy Plants. I could have been on the side of the Nettles. Whichever ‘side’ I take I appear to oppose the other ‘side’ by default. I could reel off many examples of this dilemma right across the biological spectrum. If I was a spineless gardener, the HoBB Gardens would remain un-cultivated.

I culture. I am engaged in culture.

Waves from the Hills ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ <+))))))))>< ~~~ Grant

Image of Design. Case Study Butlins

IMAGENAMEHEREOne of a series of 45 line drawn sketch designs that were combined with text, maps, site plans, photographs and client corporate imagery to produce a set of six bound presentation books.

The late 90’s marked a turning point for many longstanding and more traditional British holiday venue operators. Butlins needed to upgrade their facilities in the face of growing competition. For one exciting opportunity, Link Design Build contacted us to produce face-lift designs for Butlins in Ayr.

Butlins were keen to hold on to their long standing identity, something that their existing customers recognised. Consequently, our design work preserved the fabric of their existing buildings and the ‘new-look’ was expressed through bold wall graphics, character signage, carpet design, ceiling mobiles and lighting.