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This garden, designed by the owners on an unusually shaped third of an acre plot, began its development in 2005 from a blank canvas – once the garden had been cleared of nettles and brambles. Lifting this garden out of a state of total neglect was something of a challenge for the owners, Carole and Mike, who have designed it and carried out most of the hard landscaping themselves. The front garden comprises of raised beds featuring a black and white pebble bed, shrubs, perennials and ground cover.

The garden to the rear of the house consists of two main areas – both triangular. The formal area has a terrace with containers and a view towards Ashdown Forest, a pebble bed, two pergolas and herbaceous borders, which are planted for a succession of colour and are within a limited palette in each of the beds.

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A walk through the pergola with its beautiful bespoke gates introduces you into the informal area which is in a peaceful woodland setting. This includes a ‘fire circle’, a ‘dry stream’ bed with a small bridge, an arbour with climbers chosen for their fragrance and a ‘mini’ orchard. Here you will also find the working area of the garden (compost heap, log store and shed! - there is also a display of old garden tools). Beside the shed is a patio area with alpine sink gardens and container grown vegetables. The planting in this lower garden is a mixture of trees, shrubs, perennials and a 'mini' wild flower meadow. A new island bed was added here in the lower garden in 2010 and further beds are planned for 2011.

Throughout the garden there are interesting specimen trees, shrubs and perennials – and plenty of places to sit and enjoy them!