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Small back garden to bring joy for retired owner

Current project | Skipton, North Yorkshire

The Brief

It was time for our client to create her own special place to bring joy to her life after some years caring for her elderly father. The garden investment would allow our client to spend time outdoors tending to the plants, growing herbs and fruits, which she’d been looking forward to for a long time.

She was keen to retain views to a neighbour’s property where she could keep in touch with them most days, as well as waving to them from her kitchen window.

To include:

  • Areas to sit out to relaxing and chat to friends
  • Being able to chat & wave to neighbours at the back of the garden
  • Space for garden furniture (3-4 people), new shed and coldframe
  • Metal panel screening of boundary wall
  • A quiet place to relax and read
  • Planting – to enjoy tending to

The site

The small sloping garden had been neglected for a few years.  There were some mature shrubs around the edges.  Much of the rest of the garden had plastic membrane and gravel down to keep the weeds away. 



A birdbath as a low maintenance water feature

Metal panel screens with planting to soften

An upper paved terrace, and lower gravelled terrace

Shed, coldframe and waterbut, Pergola to relax under climbing plants

The Design

  • Terraced garden – upper patio.  Lower gravel area.
  • Two seating areas
  • Metal panels to define upper terrace
  • Raised beds faced in stone
  • Timber pergola – a haven to read and chat to neighbours
  • Attractive birdbath to attract birds
  • Zone for practica storage: bins, shed and coldframe

The build

We were delighted to be invited to this project as our client wanted to transform her garden whilst being supported and guided along the way. 

She was keen for us to coordinate and work with a contractor  (WS Stoneworks) to realise her dreams.

The garden design journey allowed her to confidently make decisions when needed.


Planned for autumn/winter 2023

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