Wildlife and Edible Gardening
Vision • Design • Creation • Care
• Vision •
We would like to create a garden experience that takes you closer to the natural world. In my mind, a garden should be a sanctuary for us and for wildlife. Our style of gardening gently attunes natural processes to meet the needs of people and wildlife. Our aim is to strike a delicate balance between wild & tamed, creating a space that is both functional and beautiful that doesn’t require a high level of maintenance, is economical on resources, and actively contributes to our well-being. Imagine being able to step into your garden to forage for fresh organic herbs, vegetables & fruits, with nectar-rich plants teeming with bees & butterflies..
Working closely with nature we create gardens that are naturalistic. We use ‘principles of ecology’ to help us design plant communities that are mutually supportive. Ecological planting design is a strong element in our work.
From small urban courtyards to woodland and everything in between – we can make a difference by carefully selecting plants and landscaping to suit your needs and the needs of wildlife. We can design and create landscape features and planting schemes, from edible hedgerows to biodiverse ponds. Our gardening vision offers you sustainable solutions that help unlock the full potential of your garden as a rich habitat.
• Design •
The process starts with a free consultation to look at your garden or land and to discuss ideas. This is followed by a written report that sketches out some preliminary ideas on how we can develop your garden. It might be just a planting design to attract butterflies or you may want a redesign with hard landscaping and structural changes. No matter what size your project we can help. The written report is free and will contain broad ideas with sketches and diagrams. It will contain a brief list of plants you might expect to see in the design.
I can draw plan elevation drawings as standard but if you need help to imagine the proposed design I can produce 3D renderings and artistic visualisations. This is entirely up to you depending on your budget and isn’t always necessary. All my design work is without obligation. You can realize these designs yourself or get other contractors to undergo the work including gardeners. The designs will contain full specifications on materials (excluding quantities) with plant lists and stocking rates.
• Creation •
My garden experience all started with landscaping on both commercial and domestic sites. This has given me insight into what works visually and structurally in gardens. It has also shown me how we can have a dramatic effect on the landscape we live in.
Creating the garden can be part of ongoing garden maintenance with landscape projects spread out. Or the project
We endeavour to create the garden as sustainably as possible by sourcing local materials and using thrifty techniques. We support local nurseries, quarries and woodsman to realise our projects. It is also important for us to create the garden in a way that minimises the effort used in maintenance once the garden has established. This involves creating our own compost and harvesting rain water for example.
• Care •
We are offering regular maintenance work to help establish productive and fertile gardens that provide healthy organic food for your kitchen and habitat for wildlife. Depending on the size of the garden this can be on a weekly, fortnightly or monthly basis. All our gardening methods are organic and we take natural measures to prevent the use of nasty chemicals – we want to promote the life in your garden not inhibit it! We also use no-dig gardening methods where possible as we believe in keeping the soil community and structure intact. Alternatively, if you don’t like the sound of noisy machinery such as leaf blowers and hedge cutters and you reminisce about the good old days of the ‘clip clip’ on sunny afternoons, then we have traditional tools to get the job done.
Last but not least. If you are interested, I want you to be actively involved in learning and caring for your garden yourself. After all, it’s you who is going to be harvesting the many rewards it has to offer. There will be many things to forage throughout the year and I will equip you with details on what to eat and when as well as other uses for plants you might be interested in using. A lot of plants are multifunctional and I can provide you with details on different uses such as medicinal qualities, insecticide, dye, fiber, essential oils, incense and more!
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