I am a postgrad student studying on the Landscape Architecture Masters programme at Writtle College.
I studied my undergrad degree at Writtle College – Landscape Garden Design. This was a four-year course as I chose to go to Vancouver in my third year to study at the University of British Columbia. This was an amazing experience! When we arrived, there had been a misunderstanding and we were entered into the second year Masters programme where we worked to redesign a park and an urban streetscape – this was a fantastic opportunity to gain an insight into Canadian design and work with Landscape professionals there. I enjoyed the experience and gained a lot from it.
After completing my degree I wanted to use my landscape skills to inspire children to create their own spaces – I looked for Education Officer positions and decided that in order to design for children I would need to have knowledge of the Primary Curriculum. I did a Graduate training course in a local Primary School. This was an on the job training as I learn from watching and then doing.
I then moved schools and completed my NQT year and became a Primary School Teacher. I enjoyed planning creative activities and enthusing the children. I ran a gardening club for 5 years where I involved the children in the planning of the site and planting. Children really benefit from using and working in outdoor spaces and I would like to think about children’s spaces during my masters.
I have designed and built a garden for my family home and have run a yearly open garden scheme to raise money for my local church.
I am interested in designing gardens with and for children and also enclosure designs for wild animal parks and zoos. I love urban design and the interaction between street scene and buildings. I am also interested in community design projects.
I love sculpture in the natural environment and ephemeral art pieces.