Since 2014 we have been re-developing our garden. When we first moved to Gardener's Cottage in 2002, the garden was mainly laid out to lawn and island beds. Lovely though it was, mowing the lawn is time consuming and a waste of energy. Together with the desire for more planting and creation of wildlife habitat to increase biodiversity it was decided that the lawn should be dramatically reduced in size. Over a period of about 4 months, barley straw was used to clear the large expanse of lawn occupying most of the garden see 'Barley Straw Mulch' .
After clearing the lawn, the beds were laid out, edged with local stone and planted up. Mulch is applied everywhere - the pathways with woodchip and the beds and borders mainly with our home made QR compost and spent hops from a local brewery.
The borders were planted up with a diverse range of plants including many native wild flowers, herbs, grasses, herbaceous perennials and shrubs. The intent being to look natural, beautiful, provide habitats and attract wildlife hence establishing ecosystems to prevent pests gaining stronghold. A varied range of insects, small mammals and birds are often seen frequenting the garden- a good indicator that the garden is attractive to wildlife,
For garden opening times, address and map, please see contact details.
The garden will be opening again this year for the 'National Garden Scheme' on July 26th 2020.
The view down the mulched, long path leading towards the house. The path is flanked by the the veg plot and greenhouse on the right and a long herbaceous border on the left. The fabulous grey, upstanding cones of the korean pine and enormous rhubarb leaves , measuring up to 1m across, usually invoke comment from visitors