Wildlife Haven

This small garden in Essendon, Hertfordshire, felt overlooked by neighbouring properties and was uninviting.  The Client, who loves watching the birds come into her garden, wanted to encourage more visitors and create a little wildlife haven. 

A pergola was designed to provide shading from the afternoon sun through the patio doors and privacy from the neighbouring properties.  It extends out over the re-designed patio leading to a wooden bench with honeysuckle & jasmine climbing over and takes advantage of the open sky view to the north.  Bird feeders will be suspended from the pergola, nestled amidst the foliage.

A bespoke hazel & willow fence (as mentioned on BBC Radio 2) was hand crafted by a local artisan, with gaps at the base for hedgehog access.  Wood piles nestle amongst the planting to provide damp spaces inviting to bugs & beetles.  The planting has been chosen for nectar and scent, creating a heady draw for bees & butterflies, and a small Sorbus aucuparia has been introduced to provide food and shelter for birds.

The cluttered existing garden with only pots for planting

The cluttered existing garden with only pots for planting

Final design layout developed from the concept mood board

Final design layout developed from the concept mood board

After initial planting, an inviting space with generous beds

After initial planting, an inviting space with generous beds

The garden has been transformed into an inviting space for humans & wildlife alike.

The garden has been transformed into an inviting space for humans & wildlife alike.

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