Relaxing meditational gardens

ONE of the world’s foremost experts on Japanese gardens has touched down in Lancashire to design an oriental garden space for a Fylde-based charity.
Professor Masao Fukuhara ( pictured with Mick Goode) has worked on Japanese garden projects at the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, Tatton Park in Cheshire, and the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
Dr Fukahara, a professor at the Osaka University of Arts, is now turning his attention to designs for a new Japanese garden at Normoss Farm, Poulton, for the Kensington Foundation charity.
He will be working with Lancashire-based architecture and urban design practice Croft Goode to design the garden which will be a major feature of the redeveloped Normoss Farm estate.
The Kensington Foundation recently applied for planning permission to turn the estate into accommodation, including a landscaped garden with lakes. It will be used by the Kensington Foundation to provide respite holidays for families of children with terminal illnesses and special needs, and will also act as the charity’s headquarters.
The currently derelict site was formerly used as a caravan park and storage and has left a significant scar on the landscape.

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