Finberry, Ashford, Kent

Finberry is a mixed use development in Ashford, located around an existing woodland and set within extensive areas of countryside and open space.

This development from Crest Nicholson will provide 1,180 new dwellings, a village centre, school, open space and direct green routes into the woodland.

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The MW Approach

Murdoch Wickham has worked closely with the design team to develop the masterplan, preparing landscape masterplans through to the detailed hard and soft landscape plans for individual phases, which are currently being built.

Murdoch Wickham’s Landscape Concept Strategy for Finberry

Murdoch Wickham’s Landscape Masterplan for Finberry, Bilham Farm

The MW Vision

Landscaping has been one of the main drivers for the masterplan development at Finberry. The site wide green grid, has been designed to function as a multi-purpose open space, hosting the SUDs, footpaths, cycleway links, play areas and ecological corridors.

Murdoch Wickham’s Landscape Vignette for Finberry, Green Street

Dry stone walling and feature Public Art at Finberry

Murdoch Wickham’s Landscape Masterplan for Finberry, Stour Meadows

The MW Touch

One of the main landscape constraints for the development is the site’s susceptibility to flooding. Where appropriate the landscape strategy has accommodated large attenuation areas, design as natural landscape forms and planted to enhance the biodiversity of the area. These attenuation areas create attractive landscape features, which have contributed to the character of the green infrastructure.

Murdoch Wickham’s Landscape Sketch for the Entrance Approach at Finberry

Project Details


  • The Sunday Times British Homes Awards 2017, Winner Outstanding Landscaping for Housing
  • The Sunday Times British Homes Awards 2017, Finalist Development of the Year (Schemes of More Than 200 Homes)
  • RICS Awards South East 2017, Highly Commended in Residential Category
  • Ashford Borough Council Design Awards 2016, Commendation for Landscape




Crest Nicholson


2008 – Ongoing

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