Landscape first and last
Environment is intrinsic to the success of Span; and landscape is fundamental to life at Fieldend to the extent that Span housing has been described as “conceived more as landscape architecture than as architecture itself”. The gardens at Fieldend were envisaged by architect Eric Lyons and landscape designer Ivor Cunningham as introducing “Nature into the man-oriented urban environment”, thereby ensuring “the spaces in between the buildings are not left to chance…where buildings help to create the settings and the settings enhance the buildings.”
Fieldend was designed with houses facing inwards towards the communal landscaped grounds, with cars confined to the perimeter road. The landscaping consists of informal arrangements of – mainly evergreen – shrubs, together with plane trees and silver birches. The whole creates a beautiful sylvan environment arranged around central lawns for play and leisure.
The wonderful gardens at Fieldend are enhanced by the presence of hundreds of magnificent shrubs and trees. In 2016, a new survey of these trees is underway; this will be published on the website in due course. In the meantime, the updated versions of the current list of trees and map are presented here.
 Geoffrey Jellicoe 1980
 Landscape, Eric Lyons Cunningham Partnership