Absolutely South West : Wimbledon April 2018

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IMPACT Creating space in a small London garden

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ood design is essential for small space gardens. If you have limited room - as many of us do in urban areas maximising the area you can garden, relax and enjoy is a top priority. One of our most recent projects in south west London is proof that a small space needn’t be a problem. This garden in Wimbledon had been neglected for a good number of years. The new owners of the house, our clients, had made improvements to the interior of the house and were now turning their attention to the outside space. The garden had only one particular problem - it was not very big. This is a common issue with

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gardens in various parts of south west London, but with careful planning and design something can definitely be done about it. One set up that often works well is to confine all planting to raised beds, usually done in brick or concrete block and render. They can be as narrow as 600mm with a planting space of 400mm which is just about enough. Also, if you design and build any raised beds with built in seating to a corner of the garden, you create visual impact while retaining maximum space in the centre. This space in turn, can be occupied by free-standing furniture such as a round table with chairs in timber or metal. Even a garden of around 8m x 8m can be transformed into a useful ‘outdoor room’ if the layout is arranged in this way.

“Create visual impact while retaining maximum space”

Wo r d s PAT R I C K M A R T I N Gardens PM LANDSCAPES

P M L A N D S CA P E S Offer free consultations and quotes for complete design and build garden projects; pmlandscapes.co.uk

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