Landscape Chessington: Jungle-themed planting at Jumanji

In 2023, Goddards were engaged by The Merlin Group to help develop a soft landscape scheme for a brand new experience at their Chessington World of Adventure site. Following the landscape design and development, we were appointed to supply and plant the stock.  Completing the surrounding jungle landscape, Jumanji came to life in time for maximum half-term enjoyment.

Bamboos and striking specimens

The scheme featured a number of specimen bamboos in 200 litre pots at 8-9m tall and over 50 in 70 litre pots at 3-4m tall. Interspersed for colour, form and interest were Cordylines, Trachycarpus and Phormiums as well as a selection of semi-mature Eucalyptus and Paulownia trees. These specimens were then underplanted with 20 litre grasses as well as visually stunning Choisya, Cordyline, Phormium, Rhus and 5-10 litre groundcover stock to carpet the “jungle” floor.

With the testing of the ride and other contractor works creating a tight programme as we headed for completion, our grounds teams could often only start works at 4pm, continuing to work into the early hours using task lighting – so huge gratitude to the patience and diligence of the teams involved.

Looking more than impressive as the ride opened, as the planting has continued to establish, it continues to fill out and impress as it matures.

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