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the north east

GreenFingers: project

Clients are becoming more informed and educated, which is great as they know what they want as they’re more informed in the first place, comments Sally Tierney. ‘People are more environmentally aware, so they don’t want to use chemicals, and they do want more planting that look good but also attract birds, and water for hedgehogs. They’re moving away from formal design to more informal, wildlife friendly, environmentally sensitive design, and the impact of the materials on the environment. As soon I get an enquiry, I send people a book I’ve written, because there

East Yorkshire is particularly active at the moment are three common problems that the book can help to find answers: some people don’t know what they want in their garden so they don’t know where to start; they discuss maintenance after the garden is already been designed and built, instead of beforehand; and as it’s easier to work with nature rather than against it, it’s important to work out what in their garden.’ ‘We’re doing more kitchen gardens, and we’re putting in more edible plants in mixed schemes, and people are


spending money on greenhouses, and potting sheds,’ comments Lizzie Tulip. CHALLENGES Difficulty in finding fully trained staff is an ongoing challenge, comments Karen Lewis. ‘There’s a lack of garden design/horticultural training in our area, and the nearest garden design diploma/degree course is many miles away.’ She adds: ‘Garden design as a concept in itself is a relatively new concept for the Northeast, people sometimes struggle to understand the difference between garden design and landscaping. Sourcing good quality materials has also

Duncan Ross: Vredo Seeder at Timperley GC