What we did
As with nearly all landscaping projects, the preparation is essential.
First, we tackled the trees. We removed a number of self-seeded smaller trees and lifted the crowns on several mature trees. This allowed more light into the back section of the garden.
Next a large amount of clearance was carried out. This was followed by levelling the garden with grade A topsoil. Before sourcing a shade tolerant turf that would thrive in slightly shadier areas of the lawn.
We then installed paths which were finished with self-binding gravel, a product that has a firm surface for walking or wheelchair use. Self-binding gravel is commonly found in National Trust gardens, so is ideal for use by people of all ages and physical abilities.
The paths created a loop around the garden, which initially leads to a new accessible greenhouse and raised beds for vegetables. After this, the path loops round to a small seating area then back round to the far side of the patio.
It’s all about the detail
Most of the hard work goes into the excavation and sub-base preparation. For the paths and patios, we excavated to allow for 150mm of compacted sub-base material. Once this material was installed, granite sett edgings were laid to edge the path. The self-binding gravel then infills and is compacted to form a good firm walking surface.
The timber framed greenhouse was constructed and fitted out to provide a pleasant environment for vegetable growing. An activity planned to be done together as a family, alongside the planting of the raised beds.
All the while, the access was being considered so that it would be an area that could be useable for the whole family.
A good sized garden, with loads of potential, has now been transformed into one that can be enjoyed by all ages, whether they want to get to work, or just relax.