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Willow Cottage

A lovely wildlife friendly garden around a thatched cottage in Essex


Essex UK

GAP Photos/Rachel Warne/Anthea Bowan

Feature No:   655 

Qty of Images:    73 


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When Anthea first moved in ten years ago the garden was completely open and ravaged by deer. They wanted a traditional cottage garden to go with their Jacobean thatched cottage, but as the plot was an oddly-shaped elongated triangle before they made any specific plans, they fenced it in to get a feel for the space.

They decided to split the garden up into smaller areas - A more formal area with traditional cottage garden planting, directly to the front of the cottage; a large area of pollen rich shrubs to the side, forming an insect and butterfly haven in summer and a shelterbelt from the north wind in winter; a wild area by the pond and a potager out the back. In the wooded clearing they made a series of compost areas. Using this compost, mixed with agricultural grit, they were able to start to condition the very heavy clay soil.



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