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Construction for Landscape Architecture by Jamie Liversedge, Robert Holden

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Walls

Walls and fences provide enclosure and security; they delimit property boundaries, can control crowds and creatures, and can also provide wind shelter and, if solid, create a noise barrier. In country-house kitchen gardens walls provide space for plants to grow, screened from the wind and within a suntrap. Walls are also a wildlife habitat, whether for bees or bats.

However, they are also a way of creating spaces and can provide the spatial framework for a garden. Therefore, they are a way of making outdoor “rooms”—something that can also be done by using hedges. Walls higher than eye level (say, more than 6–6½ ft high) give a complete physical and visual barrier; walls below eye level provide both a visual and physical separation, and ...

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