Goudhurst-based Twig Group in the spotlight

PUBLISHED: 20:52 04 January 2013 | UPDATED: 22:36 20 February 2013

Goudhurst-based Twig Group in the spotlight

Goudhurst-based Twig Group in the spotlight

Miranda Eyre and the team at award-winning landscape and management company, The Twig Group, reveal the secret behind their success across Kent and beyond

Goudhurst-based Twig Group in the spotlight

Miranda Eyre and the team at award-winning landscape and management company, The Twig Group, reveal the secret behind their success across Kent and beyond

January is a great time to plan new ideas or areas in the garden. Calling in the professionals, with their honed eye for the total look of a coherent scheme and their knowledge of plants for your conditions, can clarify your thoughts or lead you in an unexpected way.

The Goudhurst-based Twig Group is making an impact in the domestic, commercial and educational sectors across southern England, with outstanding projects that include the mammoth planting of Thanet Earth.

Set up by David and Miranda Eyre in 2001 the company offers a wide range of services, from garden design to countryside management. Our service is bespoke and we landscape with conservation in mind, says Miranda.

Their exciting Russian Museum Garden at the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show last year was another opportunity to showcase their style and expertise, in a team effort, led by Miranda and designer Heather Appleton.

A chance conversation led Miranda, who has a background in event management, to being invited to meet HRH Princess Michael of Kent, patron of the State Russian Museums Flower Show.

The Princess was looking for a way the State Russian Museum could promote their annual International Flower Festival, with an upcoming English Garden theme, and the category of the World of Gardens at Hampton Court was an ideal platform, leading to the Museum sponsoring us to do the garden, explains Miranda.

Clean lines, with a strong architectural impact, softened by strappy planting splashed with colour are elements I have seen in many of their designs and was apparent with the Russian garden as well.

Inspired by visiting the museum, which houses the worlds largest collection of Russian art and in particular the work of avant-garde artist Kazimir Malevich, white walls and an intricate cut-out fence, a bridge across a moat to reflect St Petersburgs name as the Venice of the North, plus rectilinear raised beds gave structure to the garden.

A sense of the decorative nature of Russian culture was referenced with flamboyant red poppies, over-sized sculptural Russian nesting dolls painted in the style of Malevich by Tunbridge Wells artist Harry Hurlock, and a sparkling chandelier. Signature plants included swaying grasses to echo rural dachas with mixes of vegetables, herbs and colourful flowers, many of which were supplied by Blooming Green at Linton, planted in a way that typified the Russian city style.

Key characteristics of Twig are conservation and also an interest in finding new innovations, such as the chandelier in the Russian garden or even outdoor carpets in neon blue.

From small gardens to large country and sustainable eco-friendly designs, from the initial planning and design to construction and planting, they employ a range of styles for their clients, led by the needs of each and the conditions of the site.

Each space is different and requires individual considerations to meet specific design objectives. I can also see continuing trends for 2013 in natural planting, wildflower and grass meadows and even green roofs, says Miranda.

Get in touch

The Twig Group

Combourne Farm Buildings

Goudhurst TN17 1LP

01580 212717

January in the garden

Plant of the month


common name lily of the valley bush

evergreen shrub

honey-scented, yellow winter flowers

large, spiny leaves

purple-black berries

Growing notes


easy to grow

full sun to part shade

fertile, well-drained light soil

look good at the back of a border

prune lightly after flowering

cuttings from late summer to autumn

Jobs to be done

Catch up with cleaning and clearing jobs in the garden

Take hardwood cuttings of cornus, salix, forsythia, weigela and many other deciduous trees and shrubs

Propagate herbaceous plants, such as poppies, verbascum and phlox, from root cuttings

Divide congested snowdrops in the green once finished flowering

Dig over bare vegetable beds, adding organic matter

Decide on your crops and purchase vegetable seeds, start chitting potatoes

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