Britain’s front gardens have been slowly disappearing in favour of paving and driveways. As a result, so too has much of our garden wildlife. As the interest in sustainability grows the trend is changing, meaning that we work alongside wildlife, with each creature playing an active role. You can see a Show Garden bringing this to life at BBC Gardeners’ World Live, 15-18 June at Birmingham’s NEC.
Created by garden designer Viv Seccombe, wildlife expert Rachel Merrick and landscape architect Nick Green of Artemis Landscapes, the ‘Living in Sync’ Garden forms part of the APL Avenue, where five Association of Professional Landscapers members have, with their designers, won their places at BBC Gardeners’ World Live.
Combining beauty, form and function, the Living in Sync’ Garden celebrates lush planting with recycled materials and clever storage to create a diverse, practical space and permanent habitat for wildlife. Re-used materials and permeable paths lead to colourful, wildlife friendly planting with flashes of jewelled, recycled glass amongst borders and contrasting vibrant wildflower living roofs, disguising storage.
Living in Sync’ Garden designer Viv Seccombe explains “The priority was to design a space that wasn’t a compromise for the owners – combining practical features, beautiful design, somewhere that they could immerse their interest in sustainability and that could inspire others to recreate. It was important for us to attract nature for the long term, so we commissioned the charity Pericles* to build the ultimate free standing bug boxes, with more hidden in the boundary hedges."
”British wildlife continues to decline, with more than one in three front gardens containing no plants at all (RHS 2015).“By using recycled, low carbon and permeable materials we’ve created a sustainable space that will attract diverse wildlife, essential to the garden’s ecosystem, but also for shape and durability” says Landscape Architect Nick Green (Artemis Landscapes).
“To help visitors understand the essential roles of wildlife in our gardens, we’ve created a guide designed by Wonderful Wildlife, available at the show and to download at wonderfulwildlife.org” says Rachel Merrick. “We selected plants specifically to foster sustainability”.
The ‘Living in Sync’ Garden can be found at BBC Gardeners’ World Live 2017, within APL Avenue.