In September 2011 we were part of a team led by Davies White Landscape Architects that were chosen from over 200 design teams by The Historic Royal Palaces to develop design proposals for this new £1.5 million children’s garden at Hampton Court Palace. Also part of the team were leading arts charity, The House of Fairy Tales, RHS Gold garden designer Dan Lobb and RIBA Architect James Bennett. The entry included fully illustrated proposals, an animated film (by us with narrative by The House of Fairy Tales and illustrations from Josh Knowles, Nikki Pinder and Lesley Barnes), an interactive game (by House of Fairy Tales) and a merchandising range.
The short conceptual animation brings to life the story of Bess; a young Elizabeth I, discovering a secret garden created from her daydreams by the King’s Beasts that reside all around Hampton Court Palace and its grounds.
It sets up the premise for 'The Garden of The Beasts' a proposal for a new children's garden that takes visitors on a journey through the history and stories of the Palace through the eyes and experiences of the King’s Beasts that have guarded the Palace for centuries. These heraldic creatures engage the children in a game of adventure and discovery that entices them into a fantastical world of the imagination where all is possible and nothing is quite as it seems.