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BELSIZE PARK FAMILY GARDEN

This was a lovely six week project in Belsize Park, north London, to revamp an old tired garden into a beautiful family garden and wildlife haven.

Lots of natural materials were used, such as sawn green oak timber for a large raised bed that houses a row of pleached hornbeam trees and a long pergola with climbing roses. Reclaimed Yorkstone edged the new lawn and created an informal stepping-stone pathway through the planting to a seating area on one side of the garden and a hidden shed with a wildflower roof on the other side.

Various bird, bat and insect boxes were placed around the garden to attract wildlife - there were even nest boxes incorporated into the shed walls with glass backs so that wildlife could be observed closely!

An oak pergola against a new extension, in a lawned garden with pretty flowers and climbing plants
The view through planting to an oval lawn, bordered by colourful planting and high fencing
A tower of recycled materials, sculpted in to a home for wildlife, surrounded by bright orange and yellow flowers
Pretty perennial flowers bordering a lawn, with an oak timber raised bed in the distance, planted with trees and climbers
An overgrown garden with a bad layout

THE GARDEN BEFORE

Although the garden wasn't the worst we'd ever seen, the layout hadn't really been thought out very well and most of the plants had been left untouched for a number of years.

A garden that is in the process of being cleared before a new garden can be installed

DURING THE BUILD

Clearing the garden was a fairly big task and several large tree stumps had to be dug out before the new oak sleeper raised beds could be installed.