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'THE COMMUTE' AT LONDON BRIDGE STATION

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CAITLIN MCLAUGHLIN RECENTLY COMPLETING HER LONDON BRIDGE SUBWAY TUNNEL GARDE N, CAITLIN MCL AUGHLIN DISCUSSES THIS YE AR’S SHOW GARDEN INVOLVEMENT AND REFL ECTS ON HER 30 UNDER 30: THE NE XT GENERATION AWARD

his year has seen garden designer Caitlin Mclaughlin make her mark on the industry with numerous projects, working with various companies and scooping multiple awards. Caitlin has also found herself being named a finalist at the 2020 SGD Awards for her Courtyard House design. Her recent involvement with Cityscapes, Team London Bridge and Network Rail offered her the unique experience of designing a garden located in the London Bridge subway tunnel. Cityscapes approached Caitlin, seeking her involvement after RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival concluded. “They said the garden would allow me to implement sustainability and use materials recycled from Hampton Court, which is everything that I love about garden design. The big plot twist is that it's in a tunnel at London Bridge station!” Caitlin’s garden – The Commute – explores the concept of people using the station regularly, commuting to work. Represented by the installation of timber columns, the commuter’s journey is depicted through the way columns are split across the space. Prior to her tunnel garden, Caitlin’s Urban Pollinators Garden at this year’s RHS Hampton

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Court saw her being awarded a Silver-gilt medal. Caitlin stated that the process was relatively stress-free, with her contractors, team, and planting scheme following her planned timetable. Sustainability and the reusing of materials is something which Caitlin considers to be key

I ALWAYS WANT TO ENSURE THERE’S A SUSTAINABILITY ELEMENT – A LONG TERM LIFE PLAN FOR ANY KIND OF SHOW GARDEN OR TEMPORARY GARDEN when it comes to design and the breakdown of show gardens. This resulted in the garden being relocated to Cransley Hospice, Kettering: “I knew that I wanted to rehome the project. I always want to ensure there’s a sustainability element – a long term life plan for any kind of show garden or temporary garden.”

Due to its new location, the garden had to be redesigned in order to suit the new clientele as well as the larger area in which it was to be placed. Safety regulations meant that water features and certain plant species with poisonous elements had to be removed, such as Actaea simplex. Caitlin is also still busy working with clients from her own company, Thrift Landscapes, which she created in partnership with her sister, Tessa. Work on an old rectory is currently underway: “It looks like it's straight out of Pride and Prejudice! Part of it is restoration and some of it is completely new – it’s nice to play with what’s already there, take care, and curate the history.” October also saw Caitlin join Adam Frost Design on a part-time basis as a designer, where she is looking forward to working on projects and developing as a designer. “I'm very happy to be joining Adam's team.” Last year, Caitlin was named one of Pro Landscaper’s 30 Under 30: The Next Generation winners. Caitlin noted that it helped her to network further and meet more people within the industry: “I was thrilled! It was nice to talk to people who had also won. The industry is very big and it feels nice to be picked out.”

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