‘We aim to create timeless spaces, which encourage people to connect with nature by producing beautiful, inspiring environments that encourage contemplation and self-reflection,’ says Dan Pearson. He was recently appointed lead project designer for Dartington Hall Gardens, a Grade II-listed site at the heart of a 1,200-acre estate. The gardens contain everything from a 1,500-year-old yew tree to a Henry Moore sculpture. Pearson also designed the carbon-neutral Tokachi Millennium Forest in Hokkaido, in tandem with local landscape designer Fumiaki Takano. Another major work is a garden in Oxfordshire in which Pearson came up with an imaginative two-tier solution for the client, using both abundant planting and empty space.