Welcome to the studio

Nicola creates public and private spaces that are dynamic and innovative, carefully blending them within their existing habitat. Her artistic and imaginative approach is supported by Nicola’s ability to blend creative schemes with technical demands and natural constraints. Nicola’s expertise and experience combine design integrity and aesthetics with an awareness of long-term durability and the demands of the modern urban environment.

Nicola offers her clients a bespoke service from design conception through to detailed drawings, construction and project management. She takes particular pride in setting out the soft landscaping using her experience and expertise on site to ensure each project is delivered to the highest standard.

festival de jardins

I’m delighted to have been awarded one of the 20 sought after global places at the International Festival de Jardins at Chaumont sur Loire.

This years theme is Resilience, something that really resonates with me.

You can follow my story on instagram @nicolahillsstudio.com @domainedeChaumont-sur-Loire and @lwspellsongs.


Nicola designed a new Courtyard Garden as part of the new restaurant for the Grade 1 listed Levens Hall.

She drew inspiration from the historic garden parterres and topiary with the central water feature designed by Chris Brammall and the outdoor seating as a nod to the box parterres which used to be planted here. The scheme included a mosaic of the Bagot Goat designed by Maggie Howarth.


Nicola’s design for a Beekeepers Garden sponsored by Jonathan Denby and South lakes Hotels was awarded an RHS Silver Gilt medal. This was a great achievement as a first large showgarden and was well received by the judges and the public.

It combined a careful blend of flowers and plants which were attractive to bees around a central Victorian Apiary.

The garden also featured two mosaics designed by Maggie Howarth.


Nicola often draws and illustrates her designs by hand. She uses CAD for her presentations and technical drawings. Below is a selection of gardens and estates around the Lakes and Cumbria.


Nicola Hills Studio
Pells Yeat Farm
Hophouse Lane
Kirkby Lonsdale

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