BILLERICAY, England–(BUSINESS WIRE)–On the 18th May 2019 the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew launched
its new Children’s Garden to the public, a unique and world class
destination play landscape. The garden, covering an area of 10,000m2
has been brought to life by Ground Control Ltd and has taken forward
Kew’s vision to complete the detailed & technical design and
construction of the project.

The garden is themed around ‘What Do Plants Need to Grow’ and has taken
its inspiration from encouraging children to experience and build a
long-lasting relationship with nature through the creation of a play
garden rather than a playground with plants in it.

Ground Control were appointed to the project in March 2017 and
demonstrates the effective collaboration of our in house team of
Chartered Landscape Architects and awarding Construction teams to
deliver a Children’s Garden described by Richard Barley, Head of
Horticulture, Learning and Operations at Kew as “not only the best
Children’s Garden in the UK but one of the best in the world”.

Working collaboratively with Kew to realise this exciting project within
its unique setting, the scheme showcases bespoke and engaging play
environments split across the different character zones of Air, Earth,
Sun, Water and Pine Tree Wilderness orientated around Oak Tree Circle, a
4m high walkway around the 200 year old existing Oak.

Work on the Children’s Garden began on site in October 2017 with the
implementation of the gardens service infrastructure and framework from
which the individual garden zones have developed with the design
tailored to maximise the play value in every intervention made. This
process rings true to Ground Controls ‘can do’ and collaborative
approach to projects effectively working with Kew to complete the
gardens hard landscaping, play and landscape features that have since
been complimented by the new soft landscaping of over 100 mature trees
and 18,500 plants designed and installed by Kew.

The play and landscape features have been sympathetically set amongst
the maturity of the gardens existing trees, some of which are TROBI
trees of national significance. The sensitivity of these surroundings
required Ground Control to draw upon its experience and arboricultural
consultancy capabilities to sympathetically design, specify and
construct the scheme around the existing trees and adopt specific
working methods including screw piles, hand excavation and full raised

Should you wish to find out any additional information on the Children’s
Garden and Ground Controls Design and Build approach and services please
do not hesitate to contact Anna Slater (details below).

Ground Control Ltd in brief

Established in 1973, Ground Control is a “can do” company founded on the
core principles of delivering quality results and an outstanding service
to customers. They are a multi-award winning external solutions
provider, offering a fully comprehensive service to single and
multi-site clients across a variety of divisions and sectors. ”Our
professionals offer a truly national service that covers the length and
breadth of the country,
serving thousands of commercial sites, 365
days a year”

Ground Control offers a full set of Professional Services, (Including a
Chartered team of Landscape Architect’s, Ecologists and Arboricultural
Consultants); award winning, BALI registered landscape construction
services and design and build. Design and Build provides a client with
the unique opportunity to engage and collaborate with a single
contractor with both design and delivery knowledge and experience with a
reputation for delivering high quality, complex and cost effective


Press Contact
Anna Slater
PR Manager, Ground Control Ltd
[email protected]
07811 2777 47