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Nant y Bedd

For many people the idea of making a garden at a height of 1200 ft on sloping ground surrounded by a conifer forest would not be an appealing proposition, but it suits Sue and Ian Mabberley down to the ground.


GAP Photos/Carole Drake

Feature No:   3685 

Qty of Images:    85 


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'We're right in the forest. It gives us our views and influences how we garden', says Sue who came to Nant-y-Bedd on the edge of the Black Mountains in the Brecon Beacons National Park in 1980. 'There wasn't much here back then', recalls Sue, 'just lawn, a cotoneaster hedge and a few random trees that the Forestry Commission planted after a flash flood had washed part of the garden away. My husband did the vegetables and I did the flowers.' In those early years Sue created a pretty cottage garden around the house, building dry stone walls to frame a terrace, digging out a flat area for a greenhouse and felling trees to allow more light in. What began as a traditional country garden in an extraordinary setting has, over the intervening years, become something much more interesting. It now looks outward and embraces its setting wholeheartedly; wild plants are welcomed into the garden and areas of the forest are subtly gardened. Now stretching to a total of six and a half acres the land includes forest, a river walk, potager, wood yard, wildflower meadow and natural swimming pond with shepherd's hut.



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