As is alluded to in the caption to this film we hear from Dan about the contrasting challenges in designing for private and public spaces and about working on the Millennium Forest project – 400 hectares and sustainable for 1,000 years.
Working on gardens for garden owners is very different from being a cog in a bigger machine developing a public space. On the one hand there is time and space to refine and hone and a constant dialogue with the owner and on the other it’s not so much about personalities but about putting ‘our egos aside’ and responding to challenges. Dan loves both – the intimacy of the private relationship and the ambition and problem solving involved in the much more complex public arena.
Landscape design brings big dilemmas to solve but also the opportunity to contribute to something Dan feels strongly about – the idea of education and the importance of finding a way of respecting our environment and looking after it.