In the words of the client, the garden was dull, the lawn weed ridden and apart from an old gnarled apple tree, it had no redeeming features. Therefore, the brief was to make it more exciting and visually stimulating while retaining the apple tree as a feature plus keeping the existing log store.

To mask the dull fence at the rear of the garden I designed a 9 metre long wooden pergola, paved with weathered brick. To link this to the back door of the house, more aged brick would form a serpentine path, with a pond part way along its length. Railway sleepers would be used to edge the lawn where the level dropped by the wood store where decking and a gravel garden would cover an old concrete track. This was later modified to paving and raised beds more in keeping with the clients’ new interest in growing vegetables and herbs.