We met Chanelle in 2014. She was desperate to change her garden but had “no gardening experience and no clue what to do”! Her wish was to create a food producing garden but thought it was too small. We explained that we specialise in helping people grow food & biodiversity in smaller areas, so we started the makeover together. Chanelle was really keen to learn, she got involved from the very start, from design process to infra-structure building to planting! She really enjoyed the whole process and was much more connected to her garden than if we’d have done it all for her without her involvement.
Contrary to popular belief, you can create fabulously productive, bio-diversity rich areas in small spaces. They can create extremely important “green corridors” for wildlife. As most of us have small gardens they can make a really BIG impact, both visually and in relation to food growing and wildlife havens. We love to involve people in this transforming process too, as confidence soon grows alongside the garden.
Together we helped Chanelle understand which areas would be the most productive in her garden (South facing fence area) and how to create wildlife havens. We decided together that her front garden would make a stunning wild-flower meadow in miniature and that raised beds either side of the pathway to her front door would look beautiful. We also decided we could plant live willow to create a lovely rustic green archway too.
Over Winter and Spring 2014 her gardens transformed into a haven for both Chanelle, the birds and the bees. You can see for yourself how productive it became.
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