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Blog by Alice Irving

Garden Philosophy Part 2: The ‘Gohon no ki’ concept

24 January 2022

For the second instalment of our Garden Philosophy series, we’re introducing a Japanese landscaping concept centred on sustainability

‘Gohon no ki’ means ‘five trees’, three for the birds and two for the butterflies.

It’s a landscaping concept introduced to us by our Japanese partners, Sekisui House, the biggest and most sustainable homebuilders in the world.

They made it a rule to plant trees in their new neighbourhoods that are native to the local eco-system.

The indigenous trees selected are planted to benefit the local wildlife in that specific area.

Gohon no ki draws inspiration from sustainable Satoyama landscapes that have long been a part of Japanese culture.

Now, the concept has become a significant part of House by Urban Splash philosophy.

As outlined in our Live well by design manifesto, we’re dedicated to creating neighbourhoods that are green by default – neighbourhoods that are centred on sustainability and are just as good for the planet, as they are for the people who live in them.

Adopting the concept at each and every one of our neighbourhoods, we plant native trees, guided by local geography, climate, and ecology, that enrich the biodiversity of the area, making sure there’s always a place for the birds, the butterflies (and the bees too).

Inspired by this centuries-old Japanese tradition, we’re able surround our homes with landscaped greenspace that is beautiful to look at and buzzing with wildlife.

Book a show home viewing and explore the outdoor space surrounded your nearest neighbourhood in person.

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