Since October 2007 we have been busy landscaping in Totland. Our new customers have the good of their garden wildlife very much in mind, which gave us an added interest in the project.
Firstly, a run of 12 mature Leylandii trees were felled and uprooted, revealing a magnificent view to the Downs. In their place a native hedgerow is planned. The largest timbers were reused in the garden to create two wood stacks, which will offer habitats for various sized organisms.
The greenhouse was painstakingly moved up the garden to a more user friendly area, and we look forward to hearing about what is grown in it later! Its reposition opened up an area next to the house ideal for a quiet terrace. Slabs were chosen in keeping with the house , a retaining wall and steps constructed and an all important shingle drainage area incorporated to catch the rainfall run off.
Shelter from the strong south westerly winds and summer sun was created with a creative Hazel weave fence and bespoke Cedar pergola. Erik Phipps wove his magic here for us again, responding to the challenge of the slope and incorporating the Pittosporum shrub within the weave. An insect habitat and bird box were added to the scene to help tempt more wildlife to stay in the garden.
All this with the existing pond, hedgerow, long grass and planned vegetable beds should really achieve a healthy, balanced place to be, work and above all relax in.