Most of the garden was taken up by a disused tennis court with higher ground along one side. The tarmac surface and hardcore were scraped off and planting pits dug for the trees before a two foot depth of topsoil was spread over the area for the new lawn and planting. The clients wanted a productive, wildlife-friendly garden, which was good to look at and where they could entertain guests. There is a patio and terraced herb garden next to the house, a large lawn with spaces for wildflowers, fruit trees and soft fruit plus borders for ornamental shrubs and perennials. The raised area has become a shrub walk leading from the house to a more secluded sitting area at the end of the lawn. The planting has been done in stages and is still being developed.
The view of the old tennis court from the house
The area to the side will become a shrub walk with screening trees for privacy
The ground surface is now two feet higher. The patio and herb beds have been constructed and the lawn laid with an area of wildflower turf on the left hand side
The ornamental planting and screening trees went in first, followed by the fruit trees and shrubbery
The planting is becoming establishes in the second year
Some of the shrubs have been planted and it has yet to become fully established