Elliots Farm project, Shenley, Hertfordshire

Enhancing a large farmhouse garden, borders and surrounding fields with tree planting and a greater species mix, and improving vegetable and fruit production.

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Kind of Project: Large farmhouse garden and surrounding fields

Design Brief: To enhance the existing garden and shelter belt and improve its food yield.

Our Solution: Use part of the existing boundary field for the planting of a new 300-tree native species woodland, to act as a shelter belt for the main garden as well as a biodiverse habitat. The aim was to shelter the garden and, thus, enhance its microclimate.

We also redeveloped an existing vegetable and fruit area so as to enable staged food production to maximise the availability of produce throughout the season.

I also advised on the existing borders’ species mix to increase their visual interest throughout the year.

Client verdict: Kevin’s friendly demeanour and enthusiasm, knowledge and commitment to our garden increased our enjoyment … and that’s why we asked Kevin to help us on our next property.


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