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Episode 4

Garden renovation series with Charlie Dimmock and garden designers the Rich brothers. The team create a garden to relax and reflect in to help a couple who recently lost their son.


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With her can-do attitude, love of simple gardens

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-and decades of experience...

-Hello!

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..Charlie Dimmock is one of Britain's best-loved gardeners.

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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 of gardens.

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Winners of multiple medals at the Chelsea Flower Show,

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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 come up with a few ideas.

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They're 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.

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-It doesn't look like it could be our garden.

-The winner...

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-Hey!

-Ta-dah!

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- ALL: Whoo! - ..brings their design to life.

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-Hold on, hold on!

-Sweet as a nut.

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And the loser has to help them build it.

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Oh, I'm getting irritated now with 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...

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-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!

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It's amazing.

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It's beautiful.

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Today, Charlie and the Rich brothers will be competing over

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a garden that, to its owners, is more than just an outdoor space.

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This application's from Andy and Angela. Family home.

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They've lived there 20 years,

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lots of happy memories of the children growing up there.

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-They look like a lovely couple, don't they? Some nice big smiles.

-Yeah.

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Retired police officer Andy and his wife Angela

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live in Worcestershire with their dog Rudy.

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Their grown-up daughter Kelly lives close by.

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Well, looking at the garden, I think

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it could do with a little bit of something.

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Yeah. I think we've lost the inspiration a little bit.

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Both Kelly and their elder son John grew up in this garden,

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but two years ago, after a long battle with illness,

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John died tragically at the age of 26.

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And since then, Mum and Dad haven't had the heart to stay on top of it.

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They've sort of lost their motivation in the garden,

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so they want us to go in and help them be

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re-motivated to enjoy the garden again.

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What we want to do is to bring a bit of happiness into the garden again,

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because we've always had happy times here.

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So...

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This time, I think we want to do it for us and our daughter,

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and it would just be lovely to have the garden looking nice.

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Right now, the garden has a featureless lawn,

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with an ugly concrete path that leads down to

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a prominent row of sheds.

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It's going to be kind of easy for us to create something quite special.

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-Yeah. There's loads of opportunities, isn't there?

-Yeah.

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-I think it'll cheer us up, for a start.

-Mmm.

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It'll give us something to look at when we come down, apart from grass.

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ANGELA CHUCKLES

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The couple would also like the garden to reflect the happy times

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they all spent here as a family.

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They would love to put in a bit of a garden that sort of

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brings back lots of happy memories of their son.

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Just somewhere where you can just reflect

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and celebrate his life, which would be lovely.

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He just loved the garden as well and he used to like his apple pies,

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didn't he, as well? Which my mum used to make him.

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With the garden meaning so much to them,

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they're not skimping on the budget.

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£5,000 is going to come out of my pension,

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that I've saved all my life for.

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Budget-wise, quite good, £5,000,

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-although, you know, it's quite a large garden.

-Yeah.

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-By rights, we should be able to give them something really special.

-Yeah.

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-Yeah.

-Yeah?

-Definitely.

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This is a unique challenge for Charlie and the boys,

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and they will now compete for the chance to create

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the garden of Andy and Angela's dreams.

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So they're heading to Worcestershire to see it for themselves.

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Ah, here it is!

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They're hoping to glean more information that will help them

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come up with a winning design.

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The boys go straight into the house,

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to see if the couple's taste could inspire them in the garden.

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Meanwhile, Charlie wants to find out more about what the garden

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means to Andy and Angela.

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So what do you want from the garden there?

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-Because, I mean, it's a nice big space...

-It's a bit too green.

-LAUGHTER

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-It's a bit too green?!

-There's too much lawn.

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-So you're going for low-maintenance, are you, sir?

-Low-maintenance, yes.

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-LAUGHTER

-OK.

-That would be nice, yes.

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-I instantly get a clean, modern feeling from here.

-Yeah.

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-It's quite light, quite a lot of white as well.

-It is, yeah.

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It's a quite nice, uplifting room.

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And quite a contemporary feature here with the fireplace.

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-Yeah, with the rug... It's kind of quite muted.

-Yeah.

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-Definitely got a contemporary feel.

-Let's check out the other rooms.

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Let's see if there's anything else.

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Charlie is pleased to see that the garden isn't completely bare.

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It's great for us to come

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to a garden that has got already some planting, it's got a view.

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-Yeah.

-It's got some sheds!

-Mm-hm.

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Inside, the boys find that, in other parts of the house,

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Andy and Angela's taste is very traditional.

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Oh, look at this.

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-Quite different, isn't it, to the other room?

-It is, yeah.

-Look at that.

-Whoa!

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-That's a nice-looking stove, isn't it?

-Yeah, that's my kind of stove.

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Quite a contrast to the other room.

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So there's that blend between contemporary and traditional.

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-And I see there's more colour in this room as well.

-Yeah.

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Looking around the couple's house, it's clear that their son John

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is still very much a presence.

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And they want to celebrate his life in their new garden.

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We can actually sit down together now and just enjoy it.

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We just need somewhere to sit and relax.

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-We'd like a memorial for John...

-Yeah.

-..less grass.

-Less grass.

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And I've always wanted a pergola, all the way down,

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and maybe just take those slabs away.

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We just want you to wave your magic wand for us, Charlie.

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It's going to take more than a magic wand to transform this space

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into everything Andy and Angela are looking for.

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Even for £5,000.

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So our rival designers get straight to work.

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Each of them has to come up with a design for Andy and Angela's

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perfect garden that will work within their budget.

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The couple will then choose a winner and the defeated designer

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will have to help the winner build the garden.

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Charlie appreciates how important memories will be in the new garden.

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While the boys have gauged that the couple aren't afraid

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of contemporary design ideas...

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So, this is our design.

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..whose design will they go for?

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It's split up into two kind of styles.

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One a bit more modern and one a bit more traditional and soft.

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This area here is the more contemporary, more modern.

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So it's got a linear avenue, broken up by these pockets of planting.

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It's got a beautiful avenue of apple trees.

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The boys have picked up that Angela wanted

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some fruit trees in the garden.

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This is a gravel path edged with paviors.

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And then, down the bottom here, I've got a seating area with evergreens.

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-So it's always going to look attractive.

-Yeah.

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And it will draw you down the garden.

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Both designers have incorporated a peaceful area to sit and reflect.

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That leads you down to this really nice,

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quite contemporary seating space.

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You'd be walking down into the tree canopy and then you can just turn

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right into the nice little spot where you can sit down and relax.

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-Is that my shed at the top? At the top.

-Yes.

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Yeah. We thought that was the best man cave we've ever seen,

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so you don't want to get rid of that.

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Charlie has remembered Angela would like some shade across the path.

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And this is a pergola area to screen the shed.

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So, it's very simple pergola. We've got clipped yew

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and then we've got climbers going up over the pergola.

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With the planting, we wanted to keep it quite vibrant and uplifting.

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-So, it's a space to really enjoy.

-Yeah.

-And it's the feeling that it conjures up.

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I feel calm just looking at it now.

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THEY LAUGH

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Andy and Angela were clear they wanted the focal point of the garden

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to be a memorial for their son John.

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I was thinking of something like a pedestal with a solar light on

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that automatically comes on and, if we planted a lot of scented plants

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along there as you walk down to that area,

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you'd get all the smells of lavender and maybe rosemary.

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What we wanted to do was give this lovely focal magnolia tree to symbolise John.

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And it gives you this lovely little space

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where it's going to be dappled, you'll be underneath it.

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You can see it change, you know, it'll come into flower.

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And it really just creates this lovely little atmosphere, really.

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The pitch is over. It's now up to Andy and Angela to decide,

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for their £5,000 budget, which design will achieve the garden they're after.

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This is going to be a tough decision, isn't it?

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Well, they've both captured elements that we wanted in the garden.

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Charlie's is, um, more a cottagey-type garden,

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-with all the planting that she's explained to us.

-Mm.

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-And certainly with the raised beds.

-Which is lovely and colourful.

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Whereas, the Rich brothers is a little bit formal, isn't it?

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-But then again, you've got the...

-All the meadows, which is lovely.

-..the meadow planting.

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-That gives a little bit of calmness.

-It looks very peaceful, doesn't it?

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And very peaceful.

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-Especially the seating area, which I really like.

-And the Magnolia.

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-Which is our favourite tree.

-Yeah.

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And we've also got the apple trees down the path.

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Which reminds me of John with his... Loving his apple pies off his gran.

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I think Charlie's has sort of captured the lightness of us, as well.

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-It's a happy garden.

-Yeah.

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I think it's beautiful. I think they're both beautiful.

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-They've both captured both of us, our personalities.

-Mm.

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And it would be lovely to have any of them.

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We've got to make a decision, though, haven't we?

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So will it be Charlie with her winding path,

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her pergola covered in pretty climbers, and a pedestal

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surrounded by scented plants to commemorate their son's life?

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Or will they choose the Rich brothers

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with their avenue of apple trees, contemporary patio

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and their featured magnolia tree as a memorial to John.

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-Hello.

-Hi, guys.

-Hey.

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-Hello, there.

-We've made our decision. I have to say, you've captured a lot of elements

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that we were after in our garden.

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But our decision is...

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THEY ALL CHEER

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Amazing. Awesome. Oh, thank you very much. Oh, brilliant.

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What made you choose our design?

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Well, we thought it was what we're looking for

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-in a contemplative area.

-Brilliant.

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We love trees. So, any trees are good.

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But it was so hard, because Charlie captured us as people.

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I think that shows how much gardens can really give.

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Because there are so many elements to a garden, like you've said.

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There's personal journeys, there's moods and atmospheres and spirit, so...

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-I hope those are tears of happiness for a beautiful garden.

-They are!

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It's just going to make a big change to us.

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To be in the garden.

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Yeah, it will be a really special place to be.

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-But it was a really hard decision.

-We didn't say it would be easy.

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-Well, no. I know.

-Hopefully, the build will be nice and easy.

-Yes!

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It's clear just how much this garden means to Andy and Angela.

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The boys may have won,

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but all three of them will need to pull together to build something

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that honours John's memory and helps this couple look to the future.

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It's day one of the build.

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While Harry and David are finessing their planting plans off site,

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they've sent in project manager Paul and landscapers Andy and Lee

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to start marking out the garden.

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This is a big plot, so the boys need to make sure

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that the proportions of hard landscaping are spot on.

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Too little and it will look like an island in a green ocean.

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Too big and it will look like a tennis court.

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Andy and Angela were won over by the boy's more formal design,

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based on a rectangular terrace in the middle of the lawn

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that is accessed by a path from the back of the house.

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And to the landscaper's frustration, the boy's design has the new path

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in a slightly different place to the old one.

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In reality, this path actually runs at an angle,

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so, in order for this to look like it does on a plan,

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we've got to change the angle of that path

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and square it up towards the shed.

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So, rather than just put a new path in the lines of the old one,

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it all has to be re-marked.

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Where to put a garden path and what type is one of the crucial decisions

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when it comes to planning a garden.

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A path doesn't just have to take you from A to B,

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it can be a magical journey,

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revealing exciting parts of the garden along the way.

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In the stately home gardens of the 17th century,

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huge avenues lined with trees were an indication of status.

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The trees will be planted further apart further along the path

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to make it look even grander.

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In the 18th century landscape gardens, meandering paths

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were used to reveal new features on the estate around each corner.

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Today's private gardens still use this principle,

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and different textures reflect the style or look.

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Grass or bark paths add to a wildlife garden.

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Herringbone paths with plants spilling over

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are ideal for cottage or informal gardens.

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And sparsely-laid rectangular pavers can give a futuristic touch

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to a modern garden.

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Perhaps can draw the eye to specific features.

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Curved or S-shaped paths reveal the garden bit by bit.

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And a long, straight path focuses attention on features or planting.

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MOTOR STARTS

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In Andy and Angela's garden, before any new path can go in,

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the patio needs to be perfect.

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But it's not long before Paul realises there's another problem.

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The ground is not level.

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There's much more of a slope than we initially thought.

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Because of that, we're going to have to use a lot of the materials

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that are here already to build the levels up.

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Fortunately, there's 25 concrete slabs

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that had no place in the new garden.

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But they do now.

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That's the level of the paving, so, by reusing these,

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we don't have to use as much hardcore to get the level up,

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and it's just a cost-effective way of doing it as well.

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Base layers of hardcore can be costly in such big space,

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and these slabs will do just as good a job.

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All it needs now is a thin layer of aggregate to get it level.

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And it's ready for the new patio.

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The boys want the garden to be a mix of traditional

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and contemporary, so, although the design is formal,

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they're using modern tiles to give Andy and Angela an outdoor room.

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Meanwhile, the new path has been marked out.

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And then cut and edged with wood.

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And the Rich brothers are out front,

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busy briefing Charlie on the task ahead.

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This garden's really got a lot of meaning behind it, hasn't it?

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-So I think it's important we nail it.

-But it does put the pressure on you boys!

-I know.

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We're confident, aren't we?

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They've got this lovely backdrop, so it'll be really nice to, kind of, accentuate that, maybe,

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-with a little bit of planting.

-A little bit of planting?

-THEY LAUGH

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Looks like a lot of planting to me!

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-Come on, then! Stop talking and get on with it!

-All right!

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Come on!

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The first task for Harry and David

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is to mark out the garden's four new flower beds.

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Putting in such a long path means a lot of expos landscaping.

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So the boys want to flank it with large areas of planting.

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We've already got the terracing in the middle of the garden,

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and, for us, it's key that all these beds run off that,

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so all we're doing now is stringing up that main line.

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That's going to create the avenue as you walk down.

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Then all the beds come off that, really, so we can start

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creating the shapes and, you know, then we can start planting.

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But it's great using a string line, because, you know, you can adapt it

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and change it without actually cementing anything onto the ground.

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With a five grand budget to play with,

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the Rich brothers have invested in a lot of plants.

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But they want to re-use anything that Andy and Angela already

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had in the garden, and Charlie's been put in charge of salvage.

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The boys want me to save as many plants from this border as possible,

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and there's a couple of fuchsias that Angela really wants to save.

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I have to say they're a bit past their sell-by date.

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They've gone really, really woody, and although there's some

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nice, fresh shoots there, normally what I do is take cuttings of that,

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grow those on and get rid of the old plant. The other big problem is

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there's lots of perennial weeds in this border,

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so I'm going to have to pick over the plants really carefully,

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cos there's lots of bindweed, potentilla, dandelions,

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which have all got roots that will regenerate.

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If you chop them up and plant them, you'll just get more.

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SHE GRUNTS

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So, the process is - get all the soil off...

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..so that you don't transplant

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any of the perennial weeds.

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And then I'm going to go and put that in the shade,

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maybe with a bit of polythene over it

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so that we can just plant it straight back in

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and it doesn't dehydrate.

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As well as rectangular flowerbeds, at the bottom of the garden

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the boys are adding traditional curved areas for meadow planting.

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And with four beds to prepare,

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it's time for David to unleash his secret weapon.

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Watch out, men.

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The turf cutter.

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MOTOR HUMS

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-Using a turf cutter makes life a lot easier.

-I mean...

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And it does it in a nice, clean strip as well, so when you're

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making beds, it leaves that really crisp edge, which is quite good.

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You'd be looking at spending about £50 a day on one of these,

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but if you're doing a large area,

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then I would definitely recommend using one of these.

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But it helps to have your older brother following behind

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to clear up the spoil.

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Meanwhile, Charlie is making progress with her salvage project.

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But the plant she's taking out will need a lot of attention.

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These aquilegia are just coming into flower,

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so it's really not the best time of the year to transplant them.

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But it is a case of having to.

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So I've lifted them with as much soil on them as possible,

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so the roots aren't disturbed.

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And all that will happen is, if they do dry out a bit,

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you will lose the flowers this year.

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But they'll be fine the following year.

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With such a lot of turf being lifted

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to make the flower beds and meadow areas,

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the boys have come up with a nifty plan to re-use it.

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But it's not on the design,

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so they need to get the green light from Andy and Angela.

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There's a lot of lawn coming out of the garden at the moment,

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-is that something you're OK with?

-Totally, yeah.

-Definitely.

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And it's good-looking turf, so we don't want to throw it all away,

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we'd like to recycle it. So, we've got this idea we need to run by you.

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-OK.

-It's an idea of creating a hazel hurdle seat, like a turf seat.

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I've never heard of that before.

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You can see this is the hazel hurdle here.

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Charlie's done a great job of clearing

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some of the existing plants, the fuchsias and astrantias and things,

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which is great. We're going to recycle them, which is nice.

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What we'd like to do, if it's OK with you guys,

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is cut this in half

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-to create this hazel hurdle retaining seat.

-Right.

-And then,

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because this soil's got quite a lot of weeds in it, we'd like

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-to keep it here rather than put it into the beds we've created.

-Lovely.

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Run the turf over it, and that means you can sit down here

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-and have a completely different perspective on your garden.

-Lovely.

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-Is that OK? Is that all right?

-Yeah.

-Yeah, yeah.

-Brilliant.

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The plus of it all, because we're cutting it in half,

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we get two! So, what we're going to do, not only have one here,

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but we'll have one over there as well, are you happy with that?

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-Sounds a good idea.

-Really happy, thank you very much.

-Brilliant.

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That's how you keep the client happy.

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Give them something extra for nothing.

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-Thank you very much.

-See you.

-Thank you.

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Having two additional seating areas on the boundary

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will give Andy and Angela new perspectives on their new garden.

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For most garden owners,

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having somewhere to sit is top of the list of requirements,

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but it pays to do your homework before taking the plunge.

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Work out where the sun rises and sets in your garden.

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That will dictate whether you want to sit outside for breakfast

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or an early evening drink.

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And consider what you want it for.

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If it's for entertaining,

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then nearer the house may be better.

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But for quiet reflection, nothing beats meandering down a path

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to your own private bench at the bottom of the garden.

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Back in Worcester, David is making a start on the hazel hurdle seat.

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It's great Angela and Andrew

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are really happy with the hazel hurdle idea.

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It's going to make a really good addition to the garden.

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This here we picked up for £66 just for the individual piece itself.

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I know you're thinking it's quite expensive.

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But it is a real skill. A craftsman's made it.

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You see this more as a natural fencing,

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but we're going to use it as a decorative face to a seat.

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It will retain some soil and turf

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and create a really nice seat down the garden.

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Woven hazel like this has been used for thousands of years

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for fencing because of its strength and durability.

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Yeah, as you can see, it's a real tight fit.

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It's a real craft to put it all together.

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It doesn't make it easy to get it apart.

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Since the Middle Ages, hazel hurdles had been used for containing sheep

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and have recently made a resurgence for garden fences.

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Ah! Beautiful.

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With the patio finished, it's time for the magnolia tree to be planted.

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-It's like a blooming obstacle course around here.

-It'll be worth it.

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It'll be worth it when it's in place.

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This magnolia is called Merrill

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and it has this beautiful open flower which is short-lived,

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but really gives a statement at this time of year.

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Where are we going, Harry?

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-Down by there, shall we?

-About there?

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Oh.

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Not only will the magnolia add shade to the seating area,

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it will stand as a memorial for Andy and Angela's son John.

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Nothing nicer than sitting next to a tree in blossom this time of year.

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-It's got a nice habit, hasn't it?

-This shape is absolutely stunning.

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It's key, when you're choosing your tree at the nursery,

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really think about the shape because

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the tree's going to grow up in ten years' time.

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If you can pick a nice shape now,

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when it's mature, it's going to look so elegant and beautiful.

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It's nice putting a tree in, it does add a lot to a garden.

0:24:430:24:47

Yeah, it is satisfying, obviously.

0:24:470:24:49

-And then it should come out, look.

-I can get it out now if you want.

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And I've done it now, Harry!

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-What are you talking about!

-HE CHUCKLES

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Before planting a tree, tease the roots out

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to give them a better chance of establishing once it's planted.

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-Are we ready?

-Yep.

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OK. Down we go.

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-Oh.

-Oh, look at that.

-Some could say that was perfect.

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It's like you've almost done that before!

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HARRY LAUGHS

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Are you happy with the angle of it and the aspect of it?

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I might just twist it this way a bit without damaging it.

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-It's lovely.

-Is that all right?

-Yeah.

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Let's get it in now.

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Magnolias will thrive in moist soil

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so they need frequent watering to establish.

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The roots will need a regular soaking

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to develop over the first two years.

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Meanwhile, the medieval turf seat is coming together

0:25:400:25:44

with the help of some 21st-century tools.

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Brilliant. I've just attached the half hurdle to some sturdy posts.

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Now, all we've got to do is start backfilling.

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Getting the right height for the seat requires a lot of turf.

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And, with two to build, it's every man for himself.

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Oi! Oi, you!

0:26:050:26:06

-Oh, Lee!

-CHARLIE LAUGHS

0:26:060:26:08

A turf stealer!

0:26:080:26:10

Looking good, boys, looking good.

0:26:150:26:16

You'd better not make that look better than ours!

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Now the path has been edged and a base layer added,

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Harry's finishing it with a material that will contrast with the patio.

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We're using a limestone bonded gravel.

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This is going to compact really tightly together

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and it'll almost be a finish like concrete.

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So, again, it's going to be a very robust path, it'll last for years.

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We've already laid a couple of inches of hard-core

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on the base of the path.

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We're now going to put the finishing 40ml of the gravel

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which will give this lovely contemporary feel.

0:26:510:26:54

Back at the fence, they're nearly there with the hazel hurdle seats.

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So, we've used the rolls of turf to create a wall

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which we'll then fill up with soil and start laying turf over the top.

0:27:050:27:11

So, it's literally a retaining wall.

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And, because it's turf and it's going to be cut regularly,

0:27:180:27:21

it doesn't matter about the weed roots in the soil

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because it'll be cut down regularly,

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and things like ground elder won't put up with that.

0:27:260:27:30

As the next key feature in the garden,

0:27:330:27:35

to add some formal elegance to the path,

0:27:350:27:38

the boys are creating an avenue of apple trees.

0:27:380:27:41

Angela has fond memories of her son enjoying his grandma's apple pie.

0:27:420:27:47

-These look gorgeous.

-They look awesome.

0:27:490:27:52

-Beautiful avenue trees.

-Yeah.

0:27:520:27:54

-Ready?

-Yeah.

-Oh, that's quite relaxing.

-It is.

0:27:540:27:57

Quite excited about getting these in.

0:27:570:28:00

Well in. And then look at this.

0:28:000:28:03

-Wow, where's that going?

-In here.

0:28:030:28:04

-It's going to create the avenue down the path.

-Shall we put it down?

0:28:040:28:07

-About here, shall we?

-They're quite tall.

0:28:070:28:09

Probably one in the middle and one down there, I'd say.

0:28:090:28:11

This one's maybe in the middle.

0:28:110:28:13

On the design,

0:28:130:28:14

these five apple trees will run in a line along the ten-metre path.

0:28:140:28:20

But transferring a design from paper to reality can throw up issues.

0:28:200:28:25

Quite close as well.

0:28:250:28:27

Really get them in.

0:28:270:28:29

After seeing the size of the garden with fresh eyes,

0:28:290:28:33

the boys have decided it would look better

0:28:330:28:35

if they rejig the formation of the trees.

0:28:350:28:37

Do we need to have that one at the end or do we put that one up here?

0:28:390:28:42

-Have one in the middle and two there.

-One in the middle

0:28:420:28:44

and two where Charlie is. Then you block out that.

0:28:440:28:47

I've got them. You come here.

0:28:470:28:50

And perfectionists Harry and David want them

0:28:500:28:52

all in position before they can be planted.

0:28:520:28:55

Have a look at that, go back up there.

0:28:550:28:56

-How about that?

-Oh, that's nice. Loving that.

0:28:560:28:59

Just in time.

0:28:590:29:01

Because the heavens have opened.

0:29:010:29:04

-Get out of the rain!

-Get out.

0:29:040:29:06

-Lie them down!

-Ugh.

0:29:060:29:08

Is your jumper anywhere?

0:29:080:29:09

Luckily, the rain doesn't last long and the team are soon back to work.

0:29:140:29:19

After lifting a lot of turf,

0:29:200:29:22

the hazel hurdle seats are nearly finished.

0:29:220:29:25

This is the last process now of the turf seat.

0:29:250:29:28

We're just rolling on the last layers of turf which is good.

0:29:280:29:32

But you may think it looks a little bit high,

0:29:320:29:34

as you can see here, there's the hurdle.

0:29:340:29:36

That's because the soil is going to compact down,

0:29:360:29:39

so we just want to give it an inch or two over that,

0:29:390:29:41

so that it stays higher than the hurdle.

0:29:410:29:43

Can I just stay here now?

0:29:430:29:46

-There's only a bit of planting to do!

-Ah!

0:29:460:29:48

-It's the right height, isn't it?

-It's a nice seat height.

0:29:480:29:50

You always say, with seats, it's important not to have it too low

0:29:500:29:53

otherwise you're hunched up when you're sitting,

0:29:530:29:55

your knees are up by your chest.

0:29:550:29:57

It's nice to have something a bit more perched, good for the posture.

0:29:570:30:00

-It will be a really lovely view down there.

-Yeah.

0:30:000:30:03

-Right, I'm going to finish it off.

-Right.

-Hoy, got a slightly damp bum!

0:30:030:30:06

Whilst the landscapers plant the freestanding apple trees,

0:30:110:30:15

the brothers are complementing them

0:30:150:30:17

with another formal feature on the fence.

0:30:170:30:20

We've finished with these turf seats. What we're going to do

0:30:200:30:23

is plant these espaliered fruit trees in between them.

0:30:230:30:26

Espalier, all it means is

0:30:260:30:27

that the tree has been manipulated to a framework.

0:30:270:30:30

This is perfect for taking advantage of vertical space like a boundary.

0:30:300:30:33

These are beautiful,

0:30:330:30:34

so they link in with the rest of the fruit trees in the garden.

0:30:340:30:37

They're great, because they add that nice bit of structure,

0:30:370:30:40

especially to a slightly boring boundary fence.

0:30:400:30:42

What we're going to do with these ones,

0:30:420:30:44

we're going to leave them on their framework at the moment.

0:30:440:30:46

But what we'd advise Andrew and Angela to do is string along

0:30:460:30:50

some wire or something the branches can grow across

0:30:500:30:53

and, hopefully over time, they will all link up together.

0:30:530:30:57

This one here's a plum.

0:30:570:30:58

Hopefully over time, the branches will grow over the boundary,

0:30:580:31:01

so you can sit on your turf seat and eat some plums.

0:31:010:31:04

The espalier technique, as the name suggests,

0:31:040:31:08

became popular in France in the Middle Ages

0:31:080:31:11

as a way of training fruit either on a frame

0:31:110:31:13

or against a warm wall to make best use of the sun.

0:31:130:31:17

The ancient tradition continues and, in Britain,

0:31:180:31:22

some of the best examples can be found at West Dean Gardens

0:31:220:31:25

in Chichester.

0:31:250:31:26

Here, a celebrated apple collection is housed in its walled garden.

0:31:260:31:31

'People have trained plants ever since people have been gardening.'

0:31:310:31:35

And there are a number of reasons to do it.

0:31:350:31:38

One, you could utilise spaces which wouldn't otherwise be utilised.

0:31:380:31:42

Two, it's a very productive way of growing fruit.

0:31:420:31:46

It's easily accessible, you can make the tree the size you want it to be.

0:31:460:31:51

Three, it's extreme attractive

0:31:510:31:53

and that's the principle reason why I love it.

0:31:530:31:55

We've got examples of circular training.

0:31:570:32:00

You can train them in S-shapes. You can train them as fans.

0:32:000:32:04

It's very pertinent

0:32:040:32:06

to the modern contemporary small gardens that most people have,

0:32:060:32:10

because you can actually grow fruit

0:32:100:32:12

in positions where you might not otherwise be able to grow it.

0:32:120:32:15

You couldn't grow a large tree like the one I'm sitting under.

0:32:150:32:18

But you could grow an espalier.

0:32:180:32:21

It's a great way of creating a boundary.

0:32:210:32:25

You could use it almost like a fruiting fence,

0:32:250:32:28

so it can be a visual screen, it can be a physical screen.

0:32:280:32:33

There are lots of different ways of training fruit.

0:32:330:32:35

But the espalier is probably one of the easiest to achieve.

0:32:350:32:39

Back in the garden,

0:32:410:32:43

David has a less expensive alternative for the espalier.

0:32:430:32:47

An alternative to buying a pre-framed one is to do it yourself.

0:32:470:32:50

You'd be looking about £10 less expensive than that one.

0:32:500:32:53

And all you do is you'd mock up a framework,

0:32:530:32:56

you could do it like this one,

0:32:560:32:58

or attach some wires across a fence or a wall. That would be fine.

0:32:580:33:01

And then you'd look for its natural back.

0:33:010:33:03

That would be the flatter face of it, like this one here.

0:33:030:33:07

Then, all you do is just bend these, train them down.

0:33:070:33:10

And tie it on with these rubber ties,

0:33:100:33:12

just nice and firm to hold it there.

0:33:120:33:14

The sun is now shining and the build is in full swing.

0:33:150:33:19

With all the hard landscaping complete,

0:33:190:33:21

it's time for the next phase.

0:33:210:33:23

Andy and Angela wanted a relaxed and thoughtful atmosphere

0:33:230:33:27

that their old, tired garden was lacking.

0:33:270:33:30

To achieve this,

0:33:300:33:31

the boys are adding curved meadow areas to help soften the landscape.

0:33:310:33:36

They have cleverly come up with not one, not two,

0:33:360:33:41

but three different ways to create a meadow.

0:33:410:33:45

Harry is laying 20 metres of pre-sown meadow lawn

0:33:490:33:52

for an instant effect.

0:33:520:33:55

It's the same as laying turf, it makes it very simple to do.

0:33:570:34:01

And, instead of having to lay seed,

0:34:010:34:04

it's really going to be this instant meadow

0:34:040:34:09

which is going to encourage wildlife, birds.

0:34:090:34:11

It flowers right throughout the season.

0:34:110:34:14

As soon as the winter's over, cut it down,

0:34:140:34:16

get rid of all the cuttings

0:34:160:34:19

and wait until it comes back in late spring, summer.

0:34:190:34:23

This isn't the most cost-effective way of creating a meadow.

0:34:240:34:28

You're looking at about £12-£25 per square metre.

0:34:280:34:32

At the back of the garden,

0:34:340:34:36

Charlie is using a more traditional and cheaper method

0:34:360:34:40

to create a similar effect.

0:34:400:34:41

Angela and Andrew want to be surrounded

0:34:410:34:44

with really lovely colours and uplifting plants.

0:34:440:34:47

And meadow plants can do that.

0:34:470:34:49

I'm going to create a meadow here from seed.

0:34:490:34:52

It's a really good value way of doing it.

0:34:520:34:55

Compared to, say, using meadow turf,

0:34:550:34:58

which is £12 a square yard up to £25 a square yard,

0:34:580:35:02

the seed that you can use is about 60p a square yard,

0:35:020:35:07

which is quite different. When you prepare the seed bed,

0:35:070:35:11

you need to rake it over, so you've got a nice tilth on the surface,

0:35:110:35:16

and remove the big stones and rubbly bits,

0:35:160:35:21

so that the seeds have a better chance of germinating.

0:35:210:35:25

Meadow plants as well like quite a poor soil.

0:35:250:35:28

So I'm going to add this gravel to the soil.

0:35:280:35:32

But the other thing is, when you come to sow the seeds,

0:35:320:35:36

that is 10g of seed in there.

0:35:360:35:39

I have to spread that one gram a square metre.

0:35:390:35:42

So I'm going to mix all the seed in with the gravel,

0:35:420:35:45

then spread the gravel and you can see where you're going.

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I'm just going to sprinkle it over, then give it a light rake as well.

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-Charlie.

-Yeah?

-The turf seat's looking epic, isn't it?

0:36:050:36:08

-I think it's really good fun, actually.

-Yeah.

0:36:080:36:11

-The dog'll love that.

-Yeah.

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And the meadow here. I've got a lot of annual seeds in there,

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like poppies and cornflowers and daisies.

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So that should give them a lot of instant colour this year.

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How long will it take for it to establish?

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You should start seeing some growth after two weeks quite happily.

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And then, in a month-and-a-half's time, it should be out in flower.

0:36:280:36:31

-Yeah, it'll look lovely from up there.

-I know.

0:36:310:36:34

-It's looking good, looking good!

-It is, oh!

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On the left-hand side of the patio,

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David isn't taking up the lawn, he's planting through it.

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What we wanted to do with this area

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was to capture the feeling of a wild orchard.

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And then flood the floor with these British native meadow plants.

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What we're doing differently with this meadow

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is we are keeping the existing turf. That helps save labour time as well.

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The reason we can do it is because of this little fella right here,

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this is yellow rattle.

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This is great, because it's semi-parasitic

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which means it actually weakens the root of the grasses that are here.

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Over time, that will help change the balance of grass and wild flower

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and help these self-seed and establish.

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What I'm planting underneath these fruit trees, we've got cowslips,

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forget-me-nots, primroses and heartsease.

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This will give a really nice, quite vibrant meadow feeling.

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These are about £2 per plant, which makes it

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quite a cost-effective way of creating a meadow,

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because they will self-seed, which is great.

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Especially if you've got the yellow rattle as well,

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that will really help them establish and take over the space.

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The boys have chosen nearly 200 plants to fill their new flowerbeds.

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To help create the peaceful atmosphere

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Andy and Angela were after,

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the boys have chosen flowers that will provide colour and vitality.

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120 grasses will soften the hard edges of the landscaping

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and add gentle movement and texture.

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The sun is setting on the build.

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And, with the planting done, the last job of the day

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is left to Andy, compacting the gravel on the path

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to leave a smooth surface.

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Andy and Angela's garden was a flat and uninspiring large lawn

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with Andy's sheds as the only feature.

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Now it's had a £5,000 transformation.

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The boys have broken up the large expanse of lawn

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with a modern patio placed right in the middle.

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Perfect for socialising and relaxing,

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the stone pavers came in at £560.

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The couple were keen to get rid of their concrete slabs

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and, in their place, the brothers have built

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a cool and contemporary gravel path for £350.

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Either side, the boys have placed five statuesque apple trees

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that will transform the path into an elegant avenue.

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The boys have spent £300 on meadow lawn

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and just over £1,000 on grasses, perennials and wild flowers.

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They may be small now, but in just a few months,

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they will flood the garden with colour, texture and movement.

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David and Harry spent just £60 on some dirt cheap seating

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for the boundary made from hazel hurdles and leftover turf.

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And, finally, the most important thing for Andy and Angela

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was to have a memorial for their son John.

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The boys spent £240 on the couple's favourite tree, the magnolia,

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that will provide beautiful blooms for many years.

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It's time to find out if Harry and David, with Charlie and the team,

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have delivered the garden Andy and Angela are hoping for.

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Right, guys, I'd like you to open your eyes to your new garden.

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-Oh, my Lord.

-Oh, my goodness!

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-Oh!

-THEY LAUGH

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-What do you think?

-It's lovely.

0:40:320:40:34

-Excellent.

-Oh, it's beautiful.

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-The seat.

-Yeah, there's the seats.

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THEY LAUGH

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Oh, my goodness, look at all that. And the trees.

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-And the path!

-Yeah, got rid of the concrete path.

0:40:450:40:47

Oh, my goodness. That's lovely.

0:40:470:40:49

-Bye-bye, concrete.

-DAVID LAUGHS

0:40:490:40:51

-Happy to see that go?

-Thank goodness for that. Oh, yeah.

0:40:510:40:53

There's lots of smiles. That's got to be a good sign, hasn't it?

0:40:530:40:58

What we've done is interplanted the grasses with lovely perennials.

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So, this summer, it's all going to come up

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in this block planting.

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You'll get so much interest from here.

0:41:070:41:09

Oh, it's lovely.

0:41:090:41:10

-Oh.

-I can't get over these seats.

-I can't.

0:41:100:41:13

-They are brilliant.

-Brilliant.

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Might have convinced Andrew about the seat as well.

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He's smiling and laughing.

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THEY GIGGLE

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It might be a bit damp.

0:41:220:41:24

I was sitting here earlier.

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-Is there room for a little 'un, is there?

-I'm on here, mate!

0:41:260:41:29

-It's lovely.

-The dog will love it on here, won't he?

0:41:300:41:33

We were saying this will be his private spot.

0:41:330:41:35

-A nice little sunny area.

-He will love it.

0:41:350:41:37

-Shall we take a look at the end of the garden? Okey dokey.

-Lovely.

0:41:370:41:41

-You guys go first.

-Yeah.

0:41:410:41:43

It's nice we can actually sit here

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instead of on the patio all the time.

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Something a bit different for us, isn't it?

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One important factor for us was to create this calming space.

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-Do you think it has that?

-Definitely.

0:41:520:41:55

-It's lovely.

-Beautiful.

0:41:550:41:57

There's a really nice view out of the kitchen as well,

0:41:570:41:59

-the magnolia tree.

-I was going to say.

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-A lot going on.

-Yeah, very. There is an awful lot.

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It's beautiful all round there.

0:42:030:42:05

-How high will that magnolia tree grow?

-Ten metres maximum.

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It's a lovely shape, so, over time, it will only get better.

0:42:100:42:14

It's not going to be too dominating for the space.

0:42:140:42:17

-Are you getting emotional now?

-Just a little bit.

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Tears and smiles and laughter,

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that's got to be exactly what you want in a garden.

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It's amazing to have been part of this with you guys,

0:42:260:42:29

-I know it means a lot to you.

-It's been lovely. It's been really good.

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It's been a pleasure having you.

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With so many happy family memories for the couple in this garden,

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the pressure was immense for Harry and David

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to get their new design just right.

0:42:410:42:44

-Wow.

-Amazing.

-Lovely, especially the trees and the pathway.

0:42:450:42:50

-I thought it was just lovely.

-A great improvement.

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It's got its character back again, hasn't it?

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Andy and Angela are delighted

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and are set to enjoy the garden for years to come.

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Charlie Dimmock and the Rich Brothers are in Worcester, where they meet Andy and Angela. The couple sadly lost their 26-year-old son two years ago and haven't had the heart to work on the garden since. They want to recapture some of the happy times they spent out there with a peaceful space to relax and reflect in, and they have a budget of £5,000 to achieve it.

The designers have their work cut out as they compete to design this important space - all they have to work with is a featureless lawn, a long concrete path and a prominent row of sheds at the bottom of the garden. They pull out all the stops and each come up with special designs to bring some much-needed joy to this plot.