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Jackie’s writing on design and landscape is informed directly by her creative ideas and practical experience as a designer. Her studio The Extra Room originates imaginative and functional links between indoors and out, enabling clients to relax, enjoy life, and make the best possible use of space. This includes spatial and planting design, garden rooms, bespoke colour palettes and special finishes, and decorative panels for a range of applications. At all times, she applies sustainable, environmentally sound principles to her practice.

Recent projects include play structures and planting for Early Years gardens – Winner of the Society of Garden Designers’ Designing for Community Space award in both 2013 (Montpelier Community Nursery garden) and 2014 (Tufnell Park School Infants playground). Other design commissions have delivered a private client’s kitchen extension specified “with the best possible view onto the garden”; a family garden with FSC decking and a wildflower roof on the old lean-to; integrating the interior with a new extension and landscape design of a Victorian family home; and the refurbishment of offices for a national charity. 

Jackie has a wide network of professional contacts. A key collaboration has been with Shenagh Hume, with whom she is co-author of several articles on "designing out" the triggers for pollen related allergies and asthma - and has designed a number of low pollen planting schemes. Other collaborators include architects, interior designers, engineers and specialist contractors, for new build, restoration and refurbishment schemes. 

She writes for a wide range of journals, and has been the expert contributor to a number of magazines, including: landscaping for Homebuilding magazine and on architectural salvage, antiques and vintage style for Period Living. She aims to hook readers with real, practical ideas and advice – to help their aspirations come true.

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Healthy Growth by Jackie Herald Garden Design Journal January 2018
ProLandscaper, January 2017
ProLandscaper, February 2017
Pollens and Moulds in the Garden, by Herald & Hume
Allergy UK factsheet

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