This was a rough design I made for the back garden some time ago.
It has morphed a little as I have had to add other considerations to the design, but its not altered much in relation to the positioning of the main trees and structures. This is mainly because my original reasoning behind their situations was determined by the movement of the Sun during the year, the slope of the block, the predominant wind direction and distance from the house.
This rough drawing flowed quite easily. Further renditions of this design have caused me a little more anxiety or frustration as I have added more thoughts and considerations. Following this paralysis from over analysis I have found it better to get out into the garden and quietly walk around or just start digging and observing. Stepping back in my mind and looking with new eyes. Answers usually come. If not directly, usually at 4 am in the morning.
The top of the drawing is the highest point of the block. Some of the challenges I have faced in endeavouring to fine tune the measurements of the design are the slope of the block and the fact that the block fans out at the back in a wedge shape.
Overall, the aspect of sunshine is fantastic. The back of the block is bathed in full sun during the main daylight hours. So in consideration of this I have placed deciduous trees closer to the house, so that when bare in Winter, they allow light to pass through to those trees and plants further up the block.
The pond is positioned to make the most of gravity near the top of the block and also to shelter it from the hottest hours of sunlight, particularly during Summer.
I will no doubt submit further designs to show how it has evolved from this initial concept.