Jack Windmill, Pyecombe
The Jack and Jill windmills at Pyecombe are iconic, and enjoy incredible views of the South Downs National Park.
The Jill windmill, restored by the Jack and Jill Windmill Society, is open to visitors at certain times of the year.
The Jack windmill, however, is now part of a private home with extensive grounds and the new owner was keen to create an outside space sympathetic to the landscape and its history. Starting with a new flint wall was essential to making the windy hilltop a comfortable space to be.
A Victorian walled garden with areas for seating, dining and vegetable growing. Re-using existing materials where possible , and incorporating them in the design within the newly built flint wall. The planting scheme had to be authentic and in keeping with the period.
It was apparent very early on that there were some fantastic materials on site that just had to be brought in to the design – an old mill wheel, for example, some wonderful reclaimed bricks, and sleepers for the vegetable patches.
The client is extremely happy with the result – all the elements they’d asked for and a few more. With a row of rare-variety fruit trees along one wall, the garden is now a haven for the family as well as a working vegetable garden and a mass of bees in the Summer.
A mixture of white and blue lavenders, and immature box hedges line the paths, with more structural plants creating shape along the flint walls, and in the smaller beds around the central dining area.
What the client said
“Very happy indeed with it all!” Jolyan Maum