Watching birds and park wildlife.
Observing surrounding context and consequently enhancing the security of the park overall.
Connecting to the immediate site physically as well as to the wider environment by for views for enjoyment of the landscape.
I have chosen the last option, to connect to the site and the wider environment. As such I will be planning my designs around the specific requirements which come with this option. I must also select a location within the park which suits the client and provides options for a suitable design response to them.
When working with this clientele I need to bare in mind that it is likely they are going to be in the park for social reasons. Therefore it is reasonable to suggest that the majority will follow the paths of the park and approach it's existing attractions. There are also large open spaces in the as well which are used in the Summer as places for lying down and relaxing, sun bathing or eating and playing games.
The Arboretum is located close to the centre of the city as so is conveniently accessible for many local people. Further to this point, the city campus of Nottingham Trent University is located immediately next to the park. There is also plenty of student accommodation surrounding it. These two factors provide the park with a high number of student visitors, especially during Summer. I find this especially interesting as most students coming to Nottingham from elsewhere will
likely not see outside the city centre in the time they are studying. This means that they will not get a chance to see the surrounding countryside, nor any of the areas of wildlife such as the Attenborough Nature Reserve, Wollaton Hall or Holme Pierrepont. Therefore I feel it is amongst my primary concerns to encourage students into the park to escape from the city and enter an area of natural Nottingham.
"I feel it is amongst my primary concerns to encourage students into the park to escape from the city and enter an area of natural Nottingham."
Attenborough Nature Reserve