Fork Home


Unloved and unused, this small garden on a quiet road in Highbury, north London, was totally transformed. What was once a poorly decked space, with cracked walls and filthy pebbles, is now a fantastic modern garden, full of colour and clean lines. We removed a large rotten deck and worked with the slope by creating three distinct levels. The old crumbling raised bed was removed and replaced with a sandstone capped, zig-zag brick wall to retain the neighbouring garden whilst increasing the area of planting. Two bespoke cedar benches were constructed to fit the space, along with a cedar clad outdoor storage cupboard. The garden is paved with Indian sandstone to lighten the whole area, whilst colourful planting is reflected in a long wall mounted mirror with a cedar frame. London gardens may be small, but this garden shows how even the tiniest of spaces can be transformed with some clever garden design.

A small London garden with brick walls and light coloured paving, surrounded by pretty flowers, featuring a wooden bench and garden mirror
Beautiful plants reflected in a large mirror hung on the wall of a small city garden
Pretty plants in a zig-zag raised brickwork flower bed, with stone capping matching light coloured paving
Colourful plants in a small multi level London garden, with sandstone paving, wooden bench and wall mirror
A messy small city garden in need of renovation


The garden consisted mainly of an old slippy wooden deck, covered in a jumble of plant pots containing a random selection of shrubs and perennials. Unused by the owners, the garden, although small, had the potential to be a both interesting and easy to maintain.

3D SketchUp image of a small London garden designed by Fork Garden Design


Following a detailed survey of the garden we used SketchUp to model new layout ideas before developing a final CGI from various angles to illustrate to the clients how the finished garden would look.