Hidden within the garden are a collection of bird and bat boxes, along with an impressive wildlife tower made from recycled materials and off-cuts of paving, timber and bricks used in the construction of the garden. The owner hopes to attract a wide range of wildlife to encourage biodiversity in the garden and help organically control pests that would otherwise devour her vegetable crops.
In the affluent area of Hampstead, north London, this garden encompasses a natural and relaxing feeling, as was the brief from the owner. The garden is filled with flowers, vegetable beds, oak structures and wildlife friendly features that all work together to create a peaceful place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city.
The garden is centred around a large oval lawn that has been edged with reclaimed York stone paving and flower beds. A low weaved hurdle has been placed around the edge of the beds to stop the owners new Dachshund puppies digging up the plants.
The entrance to the garden leads from a newly built dining room extension onto a sunny wide decked area, from here your eye is lead through a beautiful oak pergola covered with climbing roses and wisteria to the central lawn. Tall houses beyond the rear boundary are screened by a row of pleached hornbeam (Carpinus betulus) and existing mature trees border the side boundaries to create a feeling of privacy and seclusion.
A large bespoke garden shed was built into a recess within the rear boundary fence, in front of which is a long raised planting bed constructed from oak sleepers, bordered by ground level flower beds.