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Garden renovation series with Charlie Dimmock and garden designers the Rich brothers. A garden in Bolton needs a Sicilian feel and lots to entertain a pair of energetic boys.


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With her can-do attitude, love of simple gardens and decades

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-of experience...

-Hello!

-..Charlie Dimmock is one

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-of Britain's best-loved gardeners.

-Looking good, boys!

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But the new kids on the gardening block are the Rich brothers.

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We want to be the brothers that change people's perceptions

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-of gardeners.

-Winners of multiple medals at the Chelsea Flower Show...

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-Oh, good turn!

-Amazing, isn't it?

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..the boys have become known for their dramatic outdoor spaces.

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Now, these two different generations of gardening are going head-to head.

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I know they've got a gold medal, but I can ham up with a few ideas.

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They are meeting frustrated garden owners across the country...

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The photos made it look tiny. It is, isn't it?

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-I'm sure you've seen larger.

-I don't know what to do with it.

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-..and will each pitch them a design based on their needs...

-Wow!

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-..and budget.

-That looks really exciting.

-This doesn't look like

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-it could be our garden.

-The winner...

-Whoo!

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-ALL:

-Woo!

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-..brings their design to life...

-Hold on, hold on!

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-Sweet as a nut!

-..and the loser has to help them build it.

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Oh, I'm getting irritated now. We are, sort of, faffing around.

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-This is what happens...

-Does he ever get irritating?

-All the time.

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-..when different styles collide...

-Who chose these?

-One, two, three...

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-This looks like your design.

-Yeah!

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..to turn garden dreams into reality.

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-Wow!

-Open your eyes.

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-Wow!

-Whoa!

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It's amazing.

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-Oh!

-It's beautiful.

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It's time for Charlie and the Rich brothers to discover

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whose garden they are going head-to-head over his time.

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We have just heard from this lovely couple in Lancashire,

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Lorna and Luciano. He is from Sicily and has got two Italian restaurants.

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Luciano came to the UK 12 years ago and lives in Bolton, with his wife

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Lorna and their two sons, Bruno and Rocco.

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We all met in this restaurant in which I used to be there -

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-restaurant manager in there.

-And I was working part time.

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-That was about ten years ago?

-Yeah, was about ten years ago.

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They have just moved in to this house seven months ago and finished

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-modernising it.

-That was quick. Seven months?!

-Speed!

-Yeah.

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But the garden has, kind of, been left.

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Well, it looks pretty cool, doesn't it?

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There is gigantic hedge around,

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-which is nice and green, for a boundary.

-And the patio -

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that looks in quite good condition. It doesn't look that bad!

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I know what you mean.

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The home was previously owned by an older couple.

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In theory, with a little TLC, the garden could be lovely,

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but in practice,

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it doesn't work for a family with two young children.

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There is a lot of stone. A lot of stone edges.

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We have got a five-year-old and a one-year-old.

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They are massively full of energy, both of them.

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-Rocco, when we moved in...

-He ran straight over to the door,

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straight up these steps, flew, cut all his legs open on these steps,

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so it's like every time he comes out now, we are completely over-the-top.

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-"Careful, don't run!"

-"Don't do this, don't do that."

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And we don't want that. We want them to run free

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without hurting themselves.

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So, making the garden safe is a priority,

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but that is not the only thing on their wish list.

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It would be good to have a nice barbie, a nice pizza oven,

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-and make out own dough and make our own pizza.

-Yeah.

-Proper.

-Yeah.

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That would be great.

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At 70 square metres, this is a pretty big plot

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and because it needs to be a kids' garden and an entertainment space,

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the couple have saved hard to get what they want.

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Careful on the steps!

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Quite a good budget on this one -

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£6,500.

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-Wow!

-That is big.

-So, all in all, I think it's going to be

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a very interesting project.

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Charlie and the Rich brothers now know the extent of the challenge

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that faces them. They will now compete for the chance to makeover

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Lorna and Luciano's garden.

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-This is nice, isn't it?

-It's lovely.

-So, they are all

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heading to the family's home in Bolton,

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to see the garden for themselves.

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-This is beautiful.

-Gorgeous.

-Yeah. Really nice.

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They are hoping to get some ideas that may give them an advantage

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when it comes to designing the garden.

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And straight away, they can see why Lorna and Luciano are anxious about

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-the safety of their boys.

-Lots of different levels.

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-Yeah.

-There is, isn't there?

-A bit of a trip...

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..trip hazards here.

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-There is good nooks and crannies around here.

-And more level changes.

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Lots of hard surfaces and angles and sharp bits.

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But the garden does have some saving graces.

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-Quite a nice hydrangea, though, isn't it?

-Yeah. There is some

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-decent plants around here, isn't there?

-Not bad.

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It's not the kind of garden you want to be riding a scooter around,

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-is it, I don't think!

-A shredder!

-Well...

-Don't give up the day job!

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-You've always been pretty cool, haven't you?!

-I'll stick to design!

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-Oh, it's a bit of a...

-That's not good.

-Yeah. No.

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Charlie wants to chat to the couple about their hopes and dreams

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-for the garden...

-Lorna, Luciano!

-Hiya!

-..and, as usual,

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the boys head inside, for a poke around the family's home.

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-Oh, this is a lovely open-plan space, isn't it?

-Wow. It's gorgeous!

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And straight away, they have spotted some signs of Luciano's heritage

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in the decor.

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And that's nice, as well. Look at that chimney.

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-That's got a real Mediterranean villa feel.

-It does, yeah.

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And they have used raw materials in here. You have the stone fireplace,

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-the wooden floor - looks kind of weathered.

-Yeah, really weathered.

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-Then you've got those picture frames there. Really earthy.

-Yeah.

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-That connection with raw materials is key in the garden.

-Yeah.

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Fabulous spot, this, isn't it?! Big patio, lovely Yorkstone.

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Do you want to make this into the entertainment area?

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Yeah, cos I think it is right with the sunshine at this time of day.

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-Yeah, hopefully, that would be lovely.

-I can see how the steps

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are a bit of a problem, especially with Bruno, who is the youngest.

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Yep. I think if we just had something where the kids could play,

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-which was their area.

-We want something to blend with the wood,

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-with the stone and everything, so...

-Right.

-Steering away from plastic,

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-as much as we can.

-We want something safe and sit down and relax,

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-watching them play and...

-So, you want them to be a little away

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-from your chill-out area?

-Only a tiny bit!

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-Look at this.

-Definitely a lot of yellow.

-Yeah.

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-That's one bold colour, isn't it?

-That would be quite nice, really.

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We could reference that into the garden by maybe choosing one colour

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and have that run through the garden, like a ribbon or something.

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-Would you like a slice of home in this garden?

-Of course, yeah.

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-To us, I was brought up with bit. Like olive trees and...

-Yeah.

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And the lovely smells. I think that is one of the things in Italy.

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You go and you are constantly surrounded by these gorgeous smells.

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There is something sensory about the gardens. Really lovely.

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-We are not asking much, are we?

-No!

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ALL LAUGH

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But this garden is proving to be more challenging by the minute.

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It needs to be child-friendly, have an Italian flavour

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and be an outdoor dining space.

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CHEERING

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-Ooh. Careful.

-The reality is that the £6,500 budget

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-could be spread pretty thin.

-Up-a-do!

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So, our rival designers get their thinking caps on. Each of them

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will come up with a design for Lorna and Luciano's garden that works

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within their budget.

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The couple will then have to choose a winner and whoever loses

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will have to help the winner build the garden.

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So, who will the couple go for? Will it be Charlie,

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with her practical approach and years of experience

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-in creating family gardens?

-Right, here we go!

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-Oh, wow.

-Wow. That looks amazing.

-Right.

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Or the boys, who now have a clear idea of this couple's taste?

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Can they put that insider knowledge to good use?

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-Oh, wow.

-That looks good, eh?

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Good first impressions. Good.

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It all boils down to this - the pitch.

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We know that you needed a very family garden -

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something that is really family-orientated - and what

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we have done is split it subtly into two kind of spaces.

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You have got more of an adult-orientated area here

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and then you have got the more child-friendly area at the back.

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We want to use this original patio area at the top as your

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-al fresco area.

-Yes.

-You can have the little pizza oven,

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so really encourage you to eat out and enjoy that aspect of the garden.

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-That sounds amazing.

-So, this is half a garden for the grown-ups

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and half for your children to use up all their energy.

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I have basically taken the wall out on the patio, the lower patio.

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That way, it will make that patio seem bigger. And then, I want to

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-sweep the lawn up to this higher level...

-OK.

-..which is going to be

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the adults' area, with your pizza oven.

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Both designers have taken on board that Luciano's a dab hand

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with the pizza dough and wants an entertainment space.

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But Charlie is about to go one better and has included

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some Mediterranean planting.

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To get the Italian, sort of, feel to it, I have gone for

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cypress trees - Italian cypress trees - that spiral round, following

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the arc of the lawn round, up to this patio area.

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Oh, that's lovely.

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Not to be outdone, the boys have also chosen plants that will remind

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Luciano of home - and will stand up to the rigour of two young boys.

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We want to give you large drifts of lavender and this is, kind of,

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going to give you this lovely, kind of, floral display in the summer,

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but will give you nice, robust, kind of beds, so that Rocco and Bruno

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can kick footballs in them and they are not going to mess up,

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-you know, all those beds.

-We have also got this avenue of olive trees

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here, as well, so it's a really nice extended avenue that leads your eye

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-down the garden.

-At night time, we would light these up.

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Oh, I like that.

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The designers seem to be neck-and-neck, at this stage.

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But how will their gardens appeal to Bruno and Rocco?

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This area down the bottom of the garden is going to be their area.

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The entrance way is a tunnel, that they will have to crawl through.

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That sounds amazing. I think I will play with it.

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ALL LAUGH

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The back here is going to be the child-friendly area.

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We want to make it fun, so you enter through this willow tunnel

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and it would be living, so it would be something which could change.

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You could trim it or add to it. This would lead to a softer lawn area,

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where you could have a little willow hut.

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Great minds think alike and, incredibly, the designers

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have had very similar ideas. But Charlie hasn't finished yet.

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She has added a water feature.

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I've got very shallow trays of water that drop from one level

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to the next and then disappear into a reservoir.

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So, the children will be able to put their hands under the running water,

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but it is so shallow that it won't be a hazard to them.

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-That sounds amazing. That sounds perfect.

-They would love that.

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-I will leave you to think on it.

-Thank you.

-Thank you.

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A smart move from Charlie, but will it help her win? Time's up.

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-Cheers, guys.

-Thank you. Thank you so much.

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It is now all down to Lorna and Luciano to decide.

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With the garden currently too dangerous for the boys to play in,

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it's important for the whole family that they make the right choice.

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I like the trees and the lighting at night.

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I love the willow tunnel going through there. That looks great.

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Yeah, that looks amazing. Let's have a look at the other one.

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-Right.

-I'm in love with the water feature.

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Yeah, I think that is a talking point. The children would like

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-to touch it.

-Rocco would love that.

-But they can only pick one.

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So, which is it going to be?

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I think it will be a tough decision to take.

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Will they plump for the Rich brothers' design, with the avenue

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of olive trees, drifts of fragrant lavender and living willow huts?

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Or will they choose Charlie's cypress trees, sweeping lawn

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and water feature?

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It's decision time.

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-Hi!

-Hey!

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Hello.

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Right, it's been made. Tough this. It's not been easy, at all.

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But the design we have gone with is...

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-..Charlie's!

-Whee!

-That water feature!

-Ha-ha!

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I'm sure it wasn't JUST the water feature!

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Why did you end up with mine?

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So, you're right - the water feature.

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LAUGHTER

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-I knew it!

-But it is not all good news.

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I think the only thing we'd say that wasn't, kind of,

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in either design, if there's any possibility we could add in,

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just that there wasn't quite enough for the kids in this top area.

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-Something to climb on. A swing. Something like that.

-Monkey bars,

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-kind of thing.

-I've still got some money left in the budget,

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so I will see what we can fit in.

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And fit in the space.

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I'm just dead excited now, to see it come to life.

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So, it's going to be Charlie's design that gets built this time.

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But there is no doubt that this couple are expecting as much

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as possible for their money. She is going to need all the boys' talents,

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to give them what they want.

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It is early morning in Bolton and work on Lorna and Luciano's garden

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starts with gusto.

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While Charlie finalises some of the finer details of her design,

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the landscapers - Lee, Paul and Falkland -

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begin clearing the garden.

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OK!

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-Have it!

-In the skip!

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Since Luciano is a pro and wanted an authentic pizza oven,

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Charlie has outsourced the task to some professional oven installers

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and they are making good progress.

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Meanwhile, Lee and Andy set about dismantling the wall.

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Charlie wants it replaced with a less hazardous slope.

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She wants to reuse the stones for her bespoke water feature.

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-Just wondering where to set this feature up.

-Yeah?

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-I'll just mark there the two points we could start at.

-OK.

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-What do you think?

-I think what we are going to have to do is

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-we are going to have to bring it in, aren't we?

-Yeah, set it up dry.

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-Just to...

-Have a look at it.

-..have a look at it,

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-because it is in such a...

-Funny angle.

-..funny angle,

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we are almost going to have put it and draw round it.

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Charlie's water feature has been specially made to fit into

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the existing steps. But before they start to cut,

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Paul and Andy have to figure out exactly where it goes.

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"Measure twice, cut once," as they say.

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I think it's nice...

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-..a bit higher.

-It looks bigger now.

-I like it how it's...

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..not too low.

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-The top one's going to be flush with the top step.

-Yeah.

-This one will be

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flush with either that or that, depending on whether we drop it down

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-and have stone underneath...

-Yep.

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..or whether we sit it flush up to the underneath.

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While Lee and Andy continue to tinker with the water feature,

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Paul and Falkland are unloading Charlie's plant order,

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including her special trees to remind Luciano of home.

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A lovely little...

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..cypress, which is fantastic. A bit of Italy in Bolton.

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In the meantime, Andy has worked out a plan

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for accommodating the water feature

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and is adapting the hard landscaping, for it to sit in.

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-I'll just quickly show you what I'm planning.

-Right, OK.

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-Roughly, that from a top height.

-OK.

-And then I am going to do

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-a return wall back in there...

-Yeah.

-..for the water feature to sit on.

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And then, carry on up the side of the step, stepping up with

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-the water feature.

-Fantastic, yeah.

-The water feature is a one-off

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and it will take all of Andy's stonework skills to display it to

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its best advantage - and please the boss.

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Meanwhile, Charlie and the boys have arrived and she is keen to

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set them one of the biggest challenges in the new garden.

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Going to have a few problems with levels,

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-getting stuff in and out.

-And that water feature, as well.

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Yeah! See, that will be fine! No problems, the water feature!

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-That is the pivotal point of the garden, isn't it?

-No!

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The pivotal point is going to be the tunnel into the children's

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-play area.

-Nice.

-So, that is where I want you guys.

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-That's a dream project for us!

-Yeah?

-I feel the pressure a wee bit!

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But before the boys can place the tunnel, there is the small issue

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of the extra feature Lorna and Luciano asked for.

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The children's area in Charlie's garden now has to fit around

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a giant climbing frame.

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The construction looks good, but we have this to get in.

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We need to get that in position, to find out where that's going.

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-This is the old tunnel tube, is it?

-Yeah.

-Nice.

-It looks quite heavy

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-and chunky.

-I know. I think we might need a few more men.

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Pull!

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OK, on two... Two!

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ALL LAUGH

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-Higher, higher, higher.

-Paul, your end's dragging.

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-That's the one!

-Don't push me!

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-That's right. We've got it.

-Right round, right round.

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-All the way.

-Go on, man.

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This play equipment will be perfect for getting Rocco and Bruno out

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in the fresh air and keeping them entertained.

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But there are lots of other ways to make a garden appealing to children.

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Dens and hidey-holes come in all shapes and sizes,

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from des res Wendy houses to treehouses.

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But you don't have to buy them off the peg and go to great expense.

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In fact, you don't have to buy them, at all.

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At Ness Botanic Gardens in Liverpool, one of their most popular

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holiday workshops is den building.

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I think it's really good if you can get the kids invested

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in the things they have created

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in the garden. They will want to go back out there and play with

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the things they have made - pull them to bits and make them again.

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Dens can be made from all sorts of materials - bamboo canes,

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fallen branches and prunings will all do the job.

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We all remember, as kids, making dens ourselves

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and how great it felt to be, kind of, in there in that sort of space

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that was, kind of, your space that you've made.

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With a bit of imagination, recycled, upcycled, bespoke, natural

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hidey-holes can be built for free.

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But not in this garden.

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Lorna and Luciano are paying £6,500 for the redesign

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and are expecting a lot for their cash.

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So, we are going to go forward and that way a bit, so that Harry

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-is not quite in that beech tree.

-Yep.

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Yeah? And then, the swings come off here. That'll give him a nice space.

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-This needs a bit of pruning, the weigela.

-Needs a bit of pruning.

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-A little.

-It's nice to brush up against a bit of nature.

-Yeah.

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-Ooh, hello!

-Doesn't happen every day, does it?

-So, we need to get

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-the swing bit on, so we can see exactly the lengths...

-Yeah.

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..before we level it all up and get it in position.

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But that means following the instructions,

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which has never been the boys' strong point.

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-Well, I'm guessing... It doesn't actually show us.

-Oh, yeah.

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Knowing this could take a while, Charlie has asked Lorna and Luciano

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to muck in and build some of the other play equipment.

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Meanwhile, Andy is keen to get Charlie's opinion

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-on the water feature.

-This is coming together well, guys.

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-It's coming on nice.

-It's looking good. This is fab.

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-We're getting there, aren't we?

-I mean, this is stainless steel?

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-Stainless steel, yeah.

-So, this is my bespoke water feature.

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It's got a bit of formality, you know, cos the Italians like

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their formal gardens. So, there is a bit of formality,

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but slightly quirky. We have a reservoir down the bottom

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and that will hold all the water, that is then recirculated

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up to the top and it will just drop down and down and disappear.

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So, the children, they can put their hands under,

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they will be able to splash in the water. The other great thing

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about having the moving water here, it's near the seating area.

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It will be a nice tranquil sound and all the scented plants round here

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will be highlighted, because the moisture, the humidity,

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actually picks the scent up and makes them smell even better.

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Now the feature is in place, Andy and Lee can reshape

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the old stone from the wall and repoint it around the steel frame.

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But it is up on the patio where Luciano's new toy is taking shape.

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Charlie has thrown over £2,000 of the budget at it, so she is keen

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to make sure it works.

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-My, that is a posh pizza oven! It has even got a thermometer.

-Yep.

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So, go on, then. How does it all work?

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-What you do is, you light your fire here.

-OK.

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-So, just like with wood?

-Yeah. Get it all going. Once it is all going,

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you then push the wood back, which then gives you the cooking area

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for your pizza, in the centre. The smoke comes out of the top, here.

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Oh, that is good, then. It is far enough away from the wisteria,

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cos I thought it was at the back and it would go up there,

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-which would be...

-No, it all just comes out here.

-At the front.

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That is much better.

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So, now she knows the wisteria won't get scorched, Charlie rolls up

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her sleeves and attempts to tackle the unruly climber,

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while on the other side of the garden...

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It's showing me that. It's not telling me what that is...

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-..or how to put that on.

-..there is a lot of head scratching going on.

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It doesn't look much different, does it?!

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Oh, thickness?

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I'll go back to my wisteria.

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-They're not long enough for that.

-No. Isn't it?

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No.

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The wisteria has outgrown the trellis

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and the trellis has seen better days.

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Ideally, Charlie would prune the plant and retrain it,

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but it is about to flower.

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If I cut this now, you will find it will bleed,

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which will take the vigour out of the climber itself.

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Also, they will lose all their lovely flowers.

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It's best to prune wisteria...

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..when they are dormant, in the winter, to get the framework,

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and then, in the summertime, when you get these long, whippy ones,

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you take those back by two-thirds. That increases the number

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of flowering spurs you get. But I want to get all the trellis out

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and take this trellis down, cos it's not a thing of beauty.

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Then, I am going to put a partition up, with round posts.

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And to try and get everything to tie together,

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I am going to put them in a curve, which will mirror the curve

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of the water feature.

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And Andy is taking great care to further enhance the curves of

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Charlie's design with carefully-hewn stonework

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around the stainless steel trains.

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Let's see if this fits.

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Oh, yeah, that's looking good.

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The rustic Yorkstone up against the modern stainless steel

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will look fabulous in this family's garden.

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Using any type of stone is really worth thinking about

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in almost any garden.

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In a contemporary space, or up against modern materials,

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it adds texture and warmth to clean lines.

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And in a more traditional garden, it instantly becomes part

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of its environment. Even on just a small scale,

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using a natural stone for a water feature,

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or to hide the liner around the perimeter of a pond,

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will add beauty and interest to any space.

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The boys are now finally getting somewhere with Rocco and Bruno's

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climbing frame. But it needs more space, to be safe.

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There could be collateral damage, so Charlie wants to check with

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Lorna and Luciano, before the saws come out.

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So, that conifer.

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Do you mind if we take it out?

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Because the climbing frame that you chose is a bit bigger than we were,

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-sort of, expecting.

-It shouldn't be a problem to take it off.

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So, then, can all go over and then there will be enough space

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-for the swings to swing properly.

-That would be all right.

-Yeah?

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OK, boys, you can chop it down!

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Yes, nice! Right! Don't go back!

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The brothers get the green light

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to fell the tree and get straight on with it.

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-Oh! Timber!

-Look at that!

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LAUGHTER

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Not only will the extra space mean Rocco and Bruno can make

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the most of the climbing frame, but it will allow for the other elements

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of Charlie's design.

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You guys need to go that way, a tiny bit.

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Whoa. Perfect. Go on, then. Slide her in.

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-Just!

-Just! Doesn't look too large, does it?

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Now the boys are cracking on with the play area, Charlie can get back

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to constructing the new support for the beautiful wisteria.

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So, the trellis is out. The ugly trellis.

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And now, I am going to put these poles in, like this,

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all the way round, on a curve,

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to pick up the curve

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of the water feature. And also cut them, so that they curve,

0:26:040:26:08

so that, it, sort of, ties everything together.

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So, it is all curves, curves and more curves.

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Charlie is making a guide hole for each of the wooden stakes,

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with a crowbar. They will then be driven down into the ground

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with a mallet.

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It is a very simple, easy way

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to make a plant support and, value-wise,

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it's quite good value, as well.

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At just £60 for the stakes to create this feature,

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it is a budget option and gives a contemporary feel to the space.

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Charlie's design is really taking shape now.

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The pizza oven is in,

0:26:460:26:48

the lion's share of the work on the water feature is done

0:26:480:26:51

and the hazardous wall has been replaced by a much safer

0:26:510:26:54

graduating slope.

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And then we are going to lie down...

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But the boys are lagging behind and need to get going on the tunnel.

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Lorna and Luciano really wanted that retaining wall removed

0:27:030:27:07

and this gave Charlie the opportunity to give them

0:27:070:27:10

a lovely sweeping lawn.

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This will great fun for the kids to run up and down,

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but left us with quite a lot of excess soil turf and stone.

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With that, we are going to create this soil tunnel.

0:27:170:27:20

What is so nice is that it is going to roll up from the lawn

0:27:200:27:22

and soften this pipe. Cos at the moment, it doesn't look amazing,

0:27:220:27:25

but by the time we have got all that turf on there, it is going to just

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-naturalise into this space.

-Yeah.

-And what a feature.

-Oh.

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A little bigger, I think adults could get through it.

0:27:320:27:34

-That's the dream!

-I could probably squeeze in!

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As usual, rain is coming down, so it's important to wrap up

0:27:420:27:46

-and keep warm.

-Not if you're a man, you don't have to!

-You watch.

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He'll have a jumper on later!

0:27:490:27:51

Just for you, I am NOT going to put my jumper on now!

0:27:510:27:54

Well, what would a day in a British garden be without a spot of rain?

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And it looks like it's here for the afternoon.

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So there's nothing for it but for Charlie to box on

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with the planting around the water feature.

0:28:060:28:09

Put that one there and that one there.

0:28:090:28:11

That looks good to me.

0:28:110:28:12

Can someone hold this one, while I have a look?

0:28:120:28:15

In the design, she has created an elegant curve

0:28:180:28:21

that will be dotted with tall, thin cypress trees.

0:28:210:28:23

Yeah!

0:28:260:28:27

I'm thinking of it like you are walking, you know, in Italy.

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You are walking up the hill and you've got the spires of greens.

0:28:310:28:34

You get that to the patio.

0:28:340:28:36

Yeah?

0:28:380:28:39

Now all they need is some Mediterranean weather to match.

0:28:390:28:42

A new curved bed has to be cut out of the lawn in order to

0:28:440:28:48

accommodate the trees and the spoil will help cover the boys' tunnel.

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No plant conjures up images of the Italian landscape better

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than the cypress tree and its elegant shape has been

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a mainstay of formal Italian gardens for centuries.

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Possibly the most renowned Italianate formal garden in the UK

0:29:110:29:14

is at Trentham Gardens in Staffordshire.

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The Italianate style of garden

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is very strongly represented by its use of symmetry,

0:29:220:29:25

so we can literally draw lines across the garden

0:29:250:29:28

and see the pattern reflected on either side of this.

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It's a very formal layout,

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using clipped evergreens to create the structure.

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Like the trees Charlie has used in Lorna and Luciano's garden,

0:29:390:29:43

at Trentham, tall, thin trees are an important element of the design.

0:29:430:29:47

For a vertical structure,

0:29:500:29:52

giving us a link to the sky above and emphasising the space,

0:29:520:29:55

we have a combination of golden yews,

0:29:550:29:58

which have been formed into cone shapes.

0:29:580:30:01

We also have the dark green fastigiate pencil-like yews.

0:30:010:30:06

This style isn't limited to large gardens.

0:30:090:30:11

Some of the design principles used in Trentham

0:30:140:30:16

can be applied to the average back garden.

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If you are looking to create this feel in your garden,

0:30:200:30:23

but on a much smaller scale,

0:30:230:30:24

one of the things I would look to do is to create

0:30:240:30:27

a formal structural layout, using light coloured materials.

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And it can be done relatively inexpensively,

0:30:310:30:34

using fine textured gravels.

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Look to try and use fine textured foliages.

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The smaller the leaf, the more distant it will appear

0:30:400:30:44

and the larger the space will be.

0:30:440:30:46

Back in Bolton, the rain may be coming down,

0:30:530:30:56

but it is not slowing the Rich brothers.

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We've got a bit of sand left over, so we are using it just to kind of

0:30:590:31:02

create this nice, smooth surface before we add the topsoil on.

0:31:020:31:06

Also, it helps, cos it knits together

0:31:060:31:08

the large clogs of soil underneath.

0:31:080:31:10

So, altogether, it's going to help with drain and it is a good binder.

0:31:100:31:13

Meanwhile, a rather soggy Charlie is working hard to conjure up

0:31:180:31:23

that southern European feel.

0:31:230:31:25

I've gone for three key Italian,

0:31:250:31:28

or should I say Mediterranean, plants.

0:31:280:31:30

So we've got bay tree, I've got two of those.

0:31:300:31:33

So I'm probably going to put them in containers

0:31:330:31:36

and sort of split them from one patio to another.

0:31:360:31:39

We've got Italian cypress, which are really highlighting

0:31:390:31:42

the swirl of the flower bed

0:31:420:31:44

and add that tall height to the garden.

0:31:440:31:47

And then I've got these wonderful olives!

0:31:470:31:50

Now, I have gone a bit mad and gone for quite large specimens.

0:31:500:31:54

But if you shop around, go on the internet,

0:31:540:31:57

contact your local nurseries, you can get some really good deals.

0:31:570:32:02

And I am hoping that this Italian, Mediterranean feel

0:32:020:32:06

brings the sunshine out.

0:32:060:32:08

At the moment, we have liquid sunshine.

0:32:080:32:10

When planting Mediterranean plants, like olives and cypress trees,

0:32:130:32:16

it is good to remember that their native climate

0:32:160:32:19

is drier than our own.

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So dig in lots of grit and drainage underneath the plant

0:32:210:32:25

when you pop it in the ground.

0:32:250:32:27

They don't like to sit in a puddle of water,

0:32:270:32:29

but then who does?

0:32:290:32:30

With a layer of topsoil added to the boys' tunnel,

0:32:330:32:36

they can now get on with turfing.

0:32:360:32:38

Some people may think it would be easier to do it that way,

0:32:380:32:42

but, for us, we think that the hole here is much more important.

0:32:420:32:45

That's kind of the focal point, so...

0:32:450:32:47

Yeah, I think it's nice to keep that as a whole piece.

0:32:470:32:50

Otherwise, you are going to end up patching it with bits and bobs

0:32:500:32:54

and they are going to fall off. Whereas, rolling it this way,

0:32:540:32:57

like we're doing at the top, means that we can get a really nice cut,

0:32:570:33:00

which will create that nice focal point where the pipe starts.

0:33:000:33:03

Lee is finishing off the frame for the wisteria.

0:33:110:33:14

The wooden supports are being cut into a sinuous curve

0:33:140:33:17

to complement the rest of the garden.

0:33:170:33:20

Charlie is planning to add climbers to it later.

0:33:210:33:23

Look at that. A bit of instant gardening.

0:33:260:33:28

It looks like it's been there for ever, doesn't it?

0:33:280:33:30

So, this area here, the seating area, the adults relaxing area,

0:33:300:33:34

is all about scent and colour throughout the summer.

0:33:340:33:37

So, in the springtime, we've got the wisteria.

0:33:370:33:40

Wisteria has quite a scent to it.

0:33:400:33:42

But then we've got Trachelospermum, which is star jasmine.

0:33:420:33:45

It flowers all through the summer

0:33:450:33:47

and it's got a really, really lovely sweet scent.

0:33:470:33:50

And then I have a climbing rose.

0:33:500:33:53

It's one of my favourites.

0:33:530:33:55

It's got very romantic sort of double white flowers

0:33:550:33:58

called Claire Austin.

0:33:580:34:00

A fabulous scent to it and is very good and reliable at flowering.

0:34:000:34:04

I've just got to get them in the ground now.

0:34:040:34:08

THEY TALK

0:34:080:34:09

LAUGHTER

0:34:170:34:18

The boys have moved onto the planting, too.

0:34:220:34:24

On their design for Lorna and Luciano's garden,

0:34:240:34:27

they included a living willow tunnel in the play area.

0:34:270:34:31

So, Charlie has decided to add something similar,

0:34:310:34:34

made with hornbeam.

0:34:340:34:35

Charlie's design is all about curves

0:34:370:34:38

and that's been echoed through the hard landscaping.

0:34:380:34:41

But what we want to do is to do this with soft landscaping,

0:34:410:34:44

with these hornbeam trees.

0:34:440:34:46

And they are very young and easy to manipulate,

0:34:460:34:48

which means that we create this lovely archway,

0:34:480:34:50

which is going to become this very natural sculpture.

0:34:500:34:53

Especially with these, they're like hedging trees,

0:34:530:34:55

so the more you trim them, the denser they get. They won't grow

0:34:550:34:58

into big trees if you keep clipping them. They'll slowly thicken up

0:34:580:35:01

-and become this really dense tunnel, which is really cool.

-Yeah.

0:35:010:35:04

By tying the young trees together at the top,

0:35:070:35:10

the boys are training the plants to grow into an arch shape.

0:35:100:35:14

And as the hornbeam grows, the structure will get stronger.

0:35:140:35:18

What I'm doing here is I am just trimming off the inside branches,

0:35:190:35:22

just to accentuate that kind of tunnel feeling.

0:35:220:35:25

But I don't want to do it too much, I want to keep it quite natural

0:35:250:35:28

and feeling, you know, that these things have just sprouted out.

0:35:280:35:31

To add another sensory element to the children's play area,

0:35:310:35:34

Charlie has sourced some tubular bells.

0:35:340:35:37

Their deep tones will provide endless delight to Rocco and Bruno

0:35:370:35:40

and the neighbours, no doubt.

0:35:400:35:42

I'll hand over the baton. You can...

0:35:430:35:45

-BELLS CHIME

-Oh!

0:35:450:35:48

LAUGHTER

0:35:480:35:49

-It escaped from me!

-That's nice. Look at that.

0:35:490:35:52

Shall we do a duet?

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-I love them!

-Ooh!

-I want some.

-You just made that look easy.

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-Have a go.

-If I could break out a tune,

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-that would pretty cool, wouldn't it?

-Go on. You are a geet-arist.

0:36:020:36:06

-Drop a beat and then I'm in.

-Drop a beat? What does that mean?

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-I don't know.

-Go on. Drop a beat then.

-I don't know, I just say it.

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To further enhance the sights, smells and sounds in this part

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of the garden, Charlie is adding sensory planting around the bells.

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I have got some...

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-lovely phlomis. Feel that.

-I do like phlomis.

-So soft.

0:36:280:36:31

-A big yellow one, isn't it, this one?

-Yeah.

0:36:310:36:34

-We've got herbs for smell.

-Yeah, that does smell good.

-More herbs.

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-So, thyme and mint.

-Yep.

0:36:370:36:39

-Beautiful.

-And then, for bright colours, we've got the calendula.

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-Ooh.

-You can eat the flowers.

0:36:430:36:45

-Serious?

-The petals.

-What does it taste of?

-Nothing.

-Oh!

0:36:450:36:47

-But it looks pretty.

-It's just the idea...

0:36:470:36:50

-And then, can you see those chives over there?

-Yep.

0:36:500:36:52

-Could you bring them over here, cos I'd like those here as well?

-Oh!

0:36:520:36:55

See? There you go.

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That'll teach you to come and talk to me and play with my bells.

0:36:570:37:01

Harry is adding plants, too,

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but this time with a native British heritage.

0:37:070:37:10

These primroses left to seed

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will create these lovely surprises around the garden.

0:37:120:37:14

In time, they are going to drift over this mound

0:37:140:37:17

and, you know, they'll dot about garden.

0:37:170:37:19

And I think that's what's so nice about using wild plants.

0:37:190:37:22

With the main features built, the team are on the home straight.

0:37:280:37:32

The newly created slope is now being turfed.

0:37:320:37:35

And, to make the play area safe for the young boys,

0:37:390:37:42

David's adding a thick layer of bark chippings.

0:37:420:37:46

And there's just one more important element

0:37:460:37:48

for Charlie to add to the children's area.

0:37:480:37:51

Rocco and Bruno's grandad has made them a mud kitchen

0:37:510:37:55

and it is taking pride of place next to the climbing frame.

0:37:550:37:58

As the final pot of herbs is placed next to the pizza oven,

0:37:590:38:03

this family garden is complete and ready for its grand unveiling.

0:38:030:38:07

In its previous guise, Lorna and Luciano's garden was full of

0:38:110:38:15

level changes, trip hazards and sharp edges.

0:38:150:38:18

Not exactly a suitable playground for two young children.

0:38:180:38:22

Now, it's had a £6,500 makeover.

0:38:250:38:28

And Charlie and the team have spent every penny

0:38:280:38:32

to try and make this garden work for all the family.

0:38:320:38:35

She spent £1,300 on play equipment

0:38:360:38:39

and tubular bells to keep Rocco and Bruno occupied.

0:38:390:38:43

The grass tunnel in the play area fits brilliantly

0:38:460:38:49

with Charlie's curvaceous design

0:38:490:38:51

and was a steal at £100.

0:38:510:38:54

The pizza oven was an indulgence at over £2,000,

0:38:570:39:01

but it's the one thing Luciano wanted.

0:39:010:39:03

The plants really give this garden its Italian feel.

0:39:060:39:10

Charlie spent a whopping £1,200 on them, but the impact is huge.

0:39:100:39:14

And last, but not least, the bespoke water feature adds

0:39:180:39:22

a touch of luxury, with a £900 price tag to match.

0:39:220:39:26

But it provides a focal point and a talking point in the garden.

0:39:260:39:29

Lorna and Luciano were prepared to spend big

0:39:340:39:37

to get the Anglo-Italian child-friendly garden they wanted.

0:39:370:39:41

-OK. Don't open them until I say.

-Rocco, don't cheat.

0:39:410:39:45

It's time to find out if Charlie's design has risen to the challenge.

0:39:450:39:48

-Rocco, don't cheat.

-Eyes closed, eyes closed.

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Oh, here they come.

0:39:510:39:52

I wonder if Rocco is going to keep his eyes closed.

0:39:520:39:55

I don't know if I would, actually. I think I would...

0:39:550:39:58

One, two, three.

0:39:580:39:59

Open your eyes.

0:39:590:40:01

-Whoa!

-E bellissimo!

0:40:010:40:04

-Yes? Bellissimo, I think it's...

-Oh, my god!

-Yeah?

-Yeah.

0:40:040:40:07

-Shall we go down?

-Do you want to go down then?

0:40:070:40:09

Shall we go and have a look?

0:40:090:40:11

THEY LAUGH

0:40:110:40:13

God, he's gone straight on the mound.

0:40:130:40:15

LAUGHTER

0:40:150:40:16

-Well, it looks like he's really enjoying himself, anyway.

-Yeah.

0:40:160:40:19

-Wow!

-So, this is all going to be scented,

0:40:190:40:21

so you've got your wisteria that is scented.

0:40:210:40:24

We have jasmine and we've got a climbing white rose.

0:40:240:40:26

Very romantic, with a really, really sweet scent.

0:40:260:40:29

Oh, that's beautiful.

0:40:290:40:30

And then you've got your...

0:40:300:40:32

-olive trees.

-Olive trees. Wow!

0:40:320:40:34

They are amazing, aren't they?

0:40:340:40:36

-And we've put...

-Oh, look at the pizza oven!

0:40:360:40:38

LAUGHTER

0:40:380:40:40

-I think that's going to get great use.

-It definitely will.

0:40:400:40:42

You can see how that area has been transformed now.

0:40:420:40:45

-The wisteria looks beautiful as well.

-Gorgeous.

0:40:450:40:48

Come and hit the pipes.

0:40:480:40:49

-LAUGHTER

-What about the other ones?

0:40:510:40:53

What about these ones?

0:40:530:40:55

ALL TALK

0:40:550:40:57

You know, I'm actually really surprised

0:40:570:40:59

at how much of a dramatic change has happened today.

0:40:590:41:02

-Yeah, cos it was quite mature, wasn't it?

-Yeah.

-And you kind of

0:41:020:41:05

feel like there wasn't much to do. But, actually, taking away

0:41:050:41:08

that stone wall at the front and curving up into the lawn

0:41:080:41:10

has made a massive difference.

0:41:100:41:11

I was really pleased when this wall came out,

0:41:110:41:14

-because it seems to have made this patio so much bigger.

-I know.

0:41:140:41:17

-And so much safer.

-So much safer for the kids.

0:41:170:41:20

They can just run up that and that is their bit.

0:41:200:41:22

No, it's absolutely amazing.

0:41:220:41:24

I love the water, I love the sound of the water.

0:41:240:41:26

I think that's what they definitely wanted, didn't they?

0:41:260:41:29

I think when they saw that they loved it,

0:41:290:41:30

so I think they're going to get a lot from that.

0:41:300:41:32

-And the sound of water in the garden...

-It'll be lovely.

0:41:320:41:35

So, Luciano, is it as you expected?

0:41:350:41:37

-It's...I think it's even more than what I expected.

-Yeah?

0:41:370:41:40

Especially all the little things there. The pizza oven looks amazing.

0:41:400:41:44

Now we need a little bit of weather,

0:41:440:41:45

-so we can have a pizza.

-Yes! Soon. Soon.

0:41:450:41:47

-We can grow our olives.

-Yep.

0:41:470:41:49

LAUGHTER

0:41:490:41:50

£6,500 was a serious investment in their outdoor space.

0:41:540:41:59

Do Lorna and Luciano think it was money well spent?

0:41:590:42:02

-Oh, I love the water.

-I love the water.

0:42:030:42:05

The water feature is absolutely stunning. Really, really love that.

0:42:050:42:08

I love the olive trees and the...

0:42:080:42:09

And the tubular bells. Did you see the kids playing on those?

0:42:090:42:12

I think we're going to spend time ourselves there

0:42:120:42:14

-to play with them.

-I know.

-I thought we did all right.

0:42:140:42:17

I thought the levels were going to be much more of an issue.

0:42:170:42:19

I know. It doesn't look like much of a level at all,

0:42:190:42:22

-now it's all been done.

-No.

-It all flows seamlessly.

0:42:220:42:24

Before, it wasn't a family garden.

0:42:250:42:27

Now, you can really see that it's ours.

0:42:270:42:30

It's got things in there for the kids and a bit of Italy,

0:42:300:42:32

with the olive trees and the pizza oven. It definitely says us.

0:42:320:42:35

Obviously, there has been a good budget here, but it does show that,

0:42:350:42:39

if you are on a low budget, simple things, like taking away a wall

0:42:390:42:41

-and sculpting some land, or bringing in a bit of drainage pipe...

-Yeah!

0:42:410:42:44

..lobbing some soil over it...

0:42:440:42:46

-You can actually make big differences to a garden.

-Yeah.

0:42:460:42:48

I think you're really smug.

0:42:480:42:50

I don't think I've seen you this smug for a long time.

0:42:500:42:52

Only when you get us to dig a big hole are you that smug!

0:42:520:42:55

'I think the way Charlie's pulled it all together, with the curves,

0:42:570:43:00

'it really feels like it has been designed, the garden,'

0:43:000:43:03

much more than we could ever have done, really.

0:43:030:43:06

It's amazing. I'm really, really pleased.

0:43:080:43:10

Charlie Dimmock and the Rich brothers are in Bolton competing for a budget of £6,500 to design a garden for Lorna and Luciano and their two young sons. The garden needs to have lots to entertain the energetic boys but that is not the only requirement - Luciano is from Sicily and would love a garden that reminds him of home, complete with a pizza oven.

Along the way the designers have some great tips for good-looking, natural features that children will love and there is no primary-coloured plastic in sight.