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Jaywick Escapes & A Circle of Happiness

2009 - 2010

'Jaywick Escapes' is the name we gave to a wide-ranging body of work we undertook with the landscape architecture and arts development teams at ECC - for which their title was the less-inspiring 'Jaywick Parklands Feasibility Study'! (We also borrowed the name 'Jaywick Escapes' for our third feature documentary, but that's another story...)

Our brief was to come up with new ways to improve the public spaces in and around this unique but down-at-heel Essex coastal resort. We proposed a mix of short-term and long-term initiatives to place landscape and its potential at the heart of ambitious social and economic regeneration locally.

Our brief as consultants included communicating our ideas to the public, so instead of showing plans, we made an exhibition, "A Circle of Happiness", at Jaywick's iconic Martello Tower in autumn 2009.
(Follow the link to the right to see show images on Flickr)

The exhibition explored some of our ideas for the wider project by working with both native plants and classic 'garden escapes' (naturalised cultivated plants) in, on and around the Martello Tower. We also worked with Frobisher School children and local adults to make a collection of miniature gardens and collaborated with the Clacton-on-Sea Flower Club on the floral displays which again combined wild and cultivated plants.

We contributed to the immediate re-design of Brooklands Square Gardens in the town and suggested developing a multipurpose low cost seed mix in collaboration with meadow specialist James Hitchmough, to use widely to enhance the smaller neglected spaces locally. Our longer term proposals include a social enterprise specialist nursery and a massive-scale landscaping combination of native plants with colourful 'garden escape' plants associated with the town's 1940/50's heyday.

Following our time in the town, we went on to make a film by the same name there more about that - here!