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Thank you for sharing. We are also in a tight budget after our house extension. We've saved some of our bricks to use in our garden. I want a place to entertain & relax but have no idea how to start with.

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June Walsh

Look out for offers at your local garden centre, money off events and also reduced plants. We sell these where I work, there is nothing wrong with them, they may just be coming to the end of flowering etc. but will be perfect the next year. Also local garden centres may have lists of designers and landscapers. As with all things get three quotes. I had two quotes for a patio recently, the team I preferred and where better qualified (degree in garden design) and were half the price of the other one. Post code quoting I suspect from the other guy, but also the team I am using are young and keen and came up with better ideas. We have decided on porcelain not stone, (with large shingle in courtyard and side path) after four or five visits to different suppliers looking at stone too. I would advise visiting and seeing actual pieces in situ, and grabbing samples where possible. Different light alters the look. Look at neighbours gardens and see what works well in theirs. And if in SW London avoid Box at the moment, the caterpillars are feasting on it at such a rate a whole hedge can go overnight.

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Andrea Sartori Ltd

What I plan on doing in our (very large) garden is employing some wwoofers to work in some organic areas of interest such as wildflower meadow for bees, and a vegetable patch. And nearer to the house, we want to re-introduce the bluebell forest that was sadly neglected. To do this, we brought in volunteers from Heritage wildlife England and with just the bulb budget, we are planting entire tracts of bluebells in the adjoining wood. Resourcefulness is a must when one is on a tight budget


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