A kitchen garden and catering academy designed In collaboration with landscape architects FFLO. Integrating the scheme within the walls of Kirkleathem Halls former gardens, we proposed a kitchen garden as a complete organic entity: School, Orchard, Restaurant, vegetable plot, community centre, permaculture, biomass producer-visibly expanding and contracting with the seasons, growing and producing.
'We see an open concept of a school, an informal restaurant, teaching and eating that can take place inside or outside, partially under cover or sitting above the landscape. Flexible, open to change and adaptation, strategic rather than concrete.We draw no distinction between buildings and landscape in providing for the functions of the brief and the place. All are one. As a place of horticulture we are concerned with modern means of production, while our layout refers to the historic plan represented in the Kip and Knyff drawing.Thus new techniques inhabit the older structure and we see them both more clearly in their contrast. Orchard trees are underplanted with soft fruit, strawberries below and geese grazing for slugs.We propose modern permaculture below the regimented 16th century grid of trees.'
Kirkleatham Walled Garden, North Yorkshire