Stamford Garden Rescue


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Garden renovation series with Charlie Dimmock and garden designers the Rich brothers. A suburban garden is transformed into a rural idyll for parents of five to escape to.


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With her can-do attitude, love of simple gardens

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and decades of experience...

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-Hello!

-..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

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that change people's perceptions of gardeners.

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

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-Ooh.

-Oh, wow. 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 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.

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-It is, isn't it?

-I'm sure you've seen larger.

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I don't know what to do with it.

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

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-Wow!

-..and budget.

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That looks really exciting.

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

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The winner...

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Ta-da!

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CHEERING

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..brings their design to life.

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Hold on, hold on!

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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. We're sort of faffing around.

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This is what happens...

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-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.

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Yeah!

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..to turn garden dreams into reality.

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Wow!

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-Open your eyes.

-Wow!

-Whoa.

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It's amazing.

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It's beautiful.

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Today, Charlie and the Rich brothers are competing over a garden

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whose owners have given up a place in the country

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for a new life in suburbia.

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Pippa and Tony, aka Mum and Dad to this lovely, huge family,

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recently moved because Mum and Dad were taxi service for the children,

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got fed up, so they've moved from a rural setting

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right into a townhouse.

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Yeah, does look very different to a rural setting, doesn't it?

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Six months ago, Tony and Pippa Atkin

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moved to Stamford in Lincolnshire, with their five children.

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But the couple missed their old rural life.

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The sacrifice we made is we actually lost, I feel, the countryside a lot.

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So this is one of the reasons we want the garden changed,

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so we can see more of wildlife.

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The family lived in the heart of the Rutland countryside.

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They had a garden dominated by a 500-year-old oak tree,

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and the whole family embraced their rural lifestyle.

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But now, things are a little different.

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So that's what we really noticed, since we've moved here,

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is that lack of birdlife.

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We literally had ten pigeons

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-and one lonely blackbird out in that garden.

-Yeah.

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Although it has nice mature shrubs,

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this garden hasn't been touched since the family moved in.

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So they're keen to put their stamp on it.

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The garden, at the moment, although it's a nice garden,

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it's not our garden. It doesn't feel like it's got our mark on it.

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So to us, it feels slightly soulless.

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But the biggest challenge is that it's on a corner plot.

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It looks a different shape than usual.

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-There seems to be lots of little nooks and crannies.

-Wraps around the house.

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The plot is a U shape, so it's not possible to see all of it once.

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But Pippa and Tony badly need it to work,

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because, with five children,

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they're literally being driven out the house.

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LAUGHTER

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-We want a grown-up garden, don't we?

-Yes.

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A more grown-up garden.

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For us to relax in more,

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rather than children to play.

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SHE LAUGHS

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Children can use it - not a play area.

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-No trampolines, then.

-No, no.

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But that's not all.

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The couple would also like another reminder of their country life.

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-What's your main thing?

-The veggie patch.

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-The vegetable patch.

-Yeah.

-OK.

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The second bit, for me, would be actually somewhere to go and escape,

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so it's just for me and Pippa to relax in,

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without the children driving us up the wall.

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To get their own personal sanctuary,

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Pippa and Tony are prepared to put their money where their mouth is.

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We've got £4,000 to spend on the garden.

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-£4,000!

-That's awesome.

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-Yeah, that's great.

-That's a really nice budget for this space.

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We're hoping to get out of it a garden that we're going to love

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-for years to come.

-For years to come, yeah.

-So it will pay us back in dividends.

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So it looks like it's a garden for the adults to relax in,

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and kind of a little escape.

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And then just chuck the kids out in the park, is it?!

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-LAUGHTER

-Sounds perfect.

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It's a healthy budget and a clear brief.

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But this is a very challenging plot.

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So Charlie and the Rich brothers are heading to Stamford

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to take a closer look.

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Now they're in competition,

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they're looking for a nugget of inspiration that will enable them

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to create the winning design.

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The boys head straight inside and make an interesting discovery.

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They may have moved into a town,

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but the couple's love of the country life remains.

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Nice! This is cosy.

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-Lovely.

-Check out this sofa here.

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Doesn't this evoke a real country feel?

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-It does, yeah.

-But look. I mean, what's so nice

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is actually the tweed pattern.

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-That's really cool, isn't it?

-Yeah.

-Look at the colours.

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-Quite strong geometry, isn't there?

-Yeah, definitely.

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Meanwhile, Charlie's trying to find something positive to say

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about Tony and Pippa's odd-shaped plot.

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The lovely thing about your garden

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is it's not like a typical townhouse garden -

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ie, rectangular or narrow.

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It is wrapped round the house.

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-Yes.

-This is very small, so it's never going to be

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realistically fantastic for children running around,

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you know, certainly older children running around in it.

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And it would just be really nice to have something for us.

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It would be, so we can sort of sit out here in the summertime, relax and enjoy it.

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For us, it's a little bit soulless.

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-Yeah.

-OK. So you want to put some heart into it.

-Yes.

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And look at this.

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-Chunky wood.

-Nice.

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It looks like they have this kind of use of natural materials.

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-Mm-hm.

-So I think what's really nice

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-is to try and connect this with the garden.

-Yeah.

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Some form of - you know, if it's wood, or if it's some other kind of natural material,

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-I think they're going to love that.

-Oh, perfect.

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The brothers are getting inspired by the rustic interior,

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but Charlie hasn't finished with Tony and Pippa yet.

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Are there any plants

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that you really, really want to see in the garden?

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Tell Charlie about your plant knowledge, darling.

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-LAUGHTER

-I have very little plant knowledge.

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-I just know what I like.

-I'm not just talking about him, I'm talking about me, too.

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-Oh, OK.

-I should have said OUR plant knowledge, really.

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I like to be able to walk out and grab a bit of rosemary when cooking lamb.

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Maintenance is not too much of an issue?

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No. I think we'd like a sort of mid-maintenance garden.

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So not high-maintenance, not low-maintenance.

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Somewhere in between, somewhere where we can potter around

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-and do bits and pieces.

-Pottering is the key word, really.

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Mid-maintenance - that's a new one.

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They may not be averse to a bit of pottering, but for the designers,

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finding a way to bring some rustic flair

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to this odd-shaped suburban plot is a huge challenge,

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even for four grand.

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So our designers get down to business.

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Each of them has to come up with a design

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for the couple's ideal garden within their budget.

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Pippa and Tony will then choose the winner,

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and the loser will help the victor build the garden.

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Will it be Charlie,

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who's taken on board that the couple want a grown-up space,

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a retreat away from their hectic family life?

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Aww.

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Or the Rich brothers, who've seen that they still have

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a real taste for the countryside?

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-This is the garden we've designed.

-Wow!

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It's time for the designers to present their ideas.

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We know you guys have recently moved from the country

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to this townhouse. And what we really wanted to do

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was kind of capture the character and that feeling

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of being in the country, but giving it to you in the back garden.

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So this area here, basically where we're sitting now,

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is more of the more formal country-style garden.

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I think it's the sunniest spot of the garden,

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so in the evening it'll be great - dining out, drinking,

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things like that, having friends over.

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And what defines that space is the low box hedging.

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So even when the planting dies down,

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you've got lovely interest with these interesting shapes.

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The boys have put a seating area

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in the tricky middle section of the plot,

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from where each side of the garden can be seen.

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But Charlie's using it differently.

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This is a patio.

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We've got planting on either side so you're drawn in,

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and we'll have a focal point against the wall,

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whether it's a statue or a very beautiful plant.

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The boys are working with the shape of the house

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to create different zones.

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But Charlie's working against it,

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with a curved path to unify the different areas.

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And she's keeping the couple's private seating area

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away from prying eyes.

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It's always nice to sit in an area that's open, but, for me,

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I also sometimes like to sit in an area that's a bit more enclosed

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and private and secret.

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So up round here, behind this planting,

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there's a pergola with a hard standing area,

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so you can have a couple of chairs or a bench there.

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The next challenge on the brief was an area for growing vegetables.

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As this is the sunny area,

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I've made this your vegetable patch, and for the vegetable patch,

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-I want it to look pretty.

-Lovely.

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So it's something you can look at and go,

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"Ah, that's really nice."

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And edged with willow.

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Charlie's put a new veg plot by the back door,

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but the boys haven't included one.

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Instead, they focus the budget on mature trees

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to make the garden more private.

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Will this count against them?

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To contrast that more formal area

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we've got this lovely meadow area at the back.

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It's just something that has that natural feeling, but is purposeful.

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What's really good about this, also, is you've got the trees masking the building.

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-Wow.

-So again, you've really softened that backdrop.

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So if we were looking out of your kitchen window,

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you're going to be looking out onto this lovely, natural space.

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The last demand in the brief was that the sound of the countryside,

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especially wildlife, be a key part of the new garden.

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We loved the idea of being able to get rid of the cliched

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kind of bird feeder and draw them in through trees,

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cos these are going to have fruit, you know, berries on them,

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and that's really going to draw in the wildlife. And the pollinators as well, through the meadow grass.

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I'm going for things that will attract

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lots of butterflies and bees,

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because if you start attracting those,

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you're going to start attracting the birds.

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So we're going to go for things like buddleias and lavenders.

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And Charlie has added an extra feature

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that she hopes will tip the balance.

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I have put in some water.

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It is totally child-friendly.

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-Brilliant.

-So it's just a millstone with the water bubbling,

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and you'll find the birds will come in and bathe.

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These designs couldn't be more different.

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But now it's up to Pippa and Tony to choose one.

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We have the Rich brothers. What do you think of that one, then?

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It looks lovely. It looks absolutely lovely.

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With the box hedging and everything.

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And then you've got the wilder bit at the back.

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So, what do you like about it?

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I like the formal seating area.

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That could be very nice in the summertime,

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sitting out there, eating.

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-Do you like the position of it?

-Yeah, I do like that.

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What's your favourite bit of this one, then?

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Oh, the back bit with the trees, actually.

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-It does feel very country, doesn't it?

-Yes.

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-When you look at it.

-And then we've got Charlie's.

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What I like about this is definitely that we've got the vegetable patch,

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and having it right by the back door would be great

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-to nip out and pick things for tea.

-It will, won't it?

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-Yeah, that's perfect positioning.

-And I like the way...

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I like the bit of the hidden area there, so in the summertime,

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if we want to escape the kids, you and me can go out there

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-and hide away and have a glass of wine, couldn't we?

-Yeah.

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If we could have a bit of each,

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there'd be certain bits we'd mix and match together,

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but we can't do that.

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Only one design can win.

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Will it be the Rich brothers, with their formal seating area,

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trees that mask the neighbours' houses,

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and their natural planting scheme that will attract the birds?

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Or will it be Charlie, with her large, curvy pathway,

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pretty vegetable plot and bird-friendly water feature?

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It's time to find out.

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-Oh, hey, guys.

-Hello!

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Well...

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We've made a decision.

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And we can reveal...

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-Oh!

-Charlie.

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Ah, Charlie!

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-Well done!

-There we go.

-Whoo!

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Now, what was it, then, that did it for you?

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There's something about it just hit me.

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-It's the whole curvy...

-Organic flow of it?

-Yes.

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-Oh, I'm kind of pleased with that!

-Yeah, lovely. Really lovely.

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-Cos the designs were very different.

-Very different.

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I like the vegetable patch, definitely,

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which was lacking in your design, I'm afraid.

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-Yeah, we didn't have it.

-Yeah, so...

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-You ignored the vegetables!

-LAUGHTER

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Charlie has emerged triumphant,

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but a curvy design requires a lot of skill

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and a lot of landscaping to carry off.

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She's going to need the boys' brains and brawn to make it happen.

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It's bright and early on the day of the build.

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Charlie's away sorting out a secret feature for the garden,

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which will be turning up later,

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but her plant order has arrived.

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Well, check these babies out. What do you reckon?

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-They're beautiful.

-I know. They even look good in the van, which is always a good sign.

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So the first job of the day for project manager Paul

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and his team of landscapers is to unload all 200 of them.

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But it's going to be a long time

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before any of them will see a flowerbed,

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because Charlie's design requires some serious

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and complicated landscaping to happen first.

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The large, curved pathway connects the two odd ends of the garden

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and is wide enough at one end to be used as a seating area.

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-Let's get this spray.

-Let's crack on.

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Let's get this spray out, Lee.

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And it's Lee's job to mark out where it needs to go.

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Maybe come in a foot.

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Just go for it.

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When it comes to curves like this, there's no mathematics involved.

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Come to my toe, Lee.

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It just takes a good eye and good judgment.

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I think we'll go with that now.

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Pippa and Tony miss their old countryside surroundings,

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so Charlie has chosen materials that will give the garden a rural feel,

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starting with these reclaimed cobbles.

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But it's not long before Paul has realised there's a problem.

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The curvy path is rapidly using up all the stones,

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and they're running out.

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He psychs himself up to give the boss the bad news.

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Hello.

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Hi, you all right?

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I may have slightly under-ordered on the cobbles.

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'Well, if you need to, you can lose the bit...'

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-You know, we...

-'You know where the water feature is?'

-Yes.

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'We could end it at the water feature.'

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-That's what we thought, Charlie.

-'We could do something neat.'

-Yeah.

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That's great. Everything else is tickety-boo.

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So Charlie's come up with a solution.

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If they do run out of cobbles,

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there's an area in the far corner that could easily be left out.

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The build is back on track.

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Meanwhile, out front,

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Charlie's arrived with the boys,

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and is ready to set them their tasks for the day.

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The good thing about this garden, it's quite small,

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and there's lots of really lovely plants there already.

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-Does help, doesn't it?

-I think you guys can be on the vegetables.

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-Oooh.

-Yeah.

-Sounds nice. Nice and easy!

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The vegetable area has to look really pretty,

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so we're going to do a bit of weaving with hazel and willow.

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-That sounds exactly what I'd like to do.

-That excites me, that's good.

-Yeah?

0:16:320:16:36

-Yeah, I'm really excited.

-Right up your street. And then you need to do some physical work,

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so I think you can put down the...

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-No more physical work!

-Why? Oh, your hands!

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-Your hands have gone all rough.

-Proper man hands now.

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He keeps using those coarse pencils, you know?

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So you can put down the patio area.

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I'll do the water feature.

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-Of course.

-Your day's looking easier and easier, isn't it?

0:16:530:16:56

LAUGHTER

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Charlie wasn't joking.

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There's a lot of physical work to do

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before anyone can start doing any nice willow weaving

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or vegetable planting.

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She puts the brothers straight on to digging out

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the area for the new patio.

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It needs to be 15 - 20cm deep

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before the hardcore can go down.

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Luckily, there's just enough cobbles,

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and Charlie's helping Andy edge the path at the back of the garden.

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I love using these granite setts.

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-Yeah, they're beautiful.

-Because of the curves,

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it makes it much easier

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to get a really good sweep and gentle curve on it.

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-If we were using pavers that were much bigger...

-Yeah, it's more difficult.

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..it would be much more difficult to get that curve,

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-so it does make life a bit easier.

-Certainly does.

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The great thing about these cobbles, they're granite,

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so it's a natural material, so when they get wet in the rain,

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they look beautiful. The other thing is they're recycled,

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so that does mean they cost a bit more,

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because you've got to pay for someone to lift them,

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clean them up and then transport them.

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But nice to work with, aren't they?

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Yeah, fantastic.

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A good two inches of concrete underneath them

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and then haunch them up with the same concrete.

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It'll be solid.

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Pippa and Tony's garden is surrounded by a lot of modern brick,

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so by using a contrasting stone,

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the eye is drawn away from the walls.

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And the brothers are begrudgingly acknowledging

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Charlie's winning design.

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Bit of a tricky one to design, this, wasn't it?

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You've got lots of different little spaces within this entire garden.

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Yeah, it's a slightly irregular size. Little pockets, isn't there?

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-Not really your conventional rectangle or anything.

-No.

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And Charlie's used curves in this. What do you reckon about that?

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I think it's worked really well.

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Definitely links the two spaces, creates that journey.

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And I think wandering between these two pockets of planting,

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-I think it'll be a really nice experience.

-Yeah.

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One of the biggest challenges with redesigning Pippa and Tony's garden

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was its shape.

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But there are some simple ways to make an odd-shaped plot

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look more appealing.

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By putting a large focal feature in the middle of a triangular garden,

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the eye is drawn away from the narrowest point.

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To stop a long, narrow garden feeling claustrophobic,

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it's a good idea to split the garden into different spaces

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with their own function.

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L-shaped gardens can suit a more inventive layout

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and lend themselves to distinct garden rooms.

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And with a large garden, it's all about scale.

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Keeping garden features in proportion to the space

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will make the most of the dramatic landscape.

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A place to escape from the kids was one of the key criteria

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for Pippa and Tony.

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And Charlie's planning a secluded seating area just for them.

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But she needs their help to get it right.

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We're going to pop those into the ground

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-to make a sort of hard standing.

-Yeah.

-OK.

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OK, so this will then... You know, cos you're not, Pippa,

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mad on all the walls or the fences, are you?

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-No, that's right.

-So I'm thinking if you're sat here,

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you don't see this wall and you don't really see the fence,

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-because there's lots of planting there.

-Yeah.

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And then just to screen this area, what do you think about...

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You know, we talked about, you'd like somewhere to sit,

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where you can see the children,

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but the children might not necessarily be able to see you.

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-LAUGHTER

-Yes.

-Yeah?

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So I'm thinking about putting up some rails here

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and staggering them like louvres, so you can look through,

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but they can't necessarily look back.

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-That sounds good.

-And it will slightly enclose

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-this...

-Space, yeah.

-..adult-themed area.

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-Ha!

-Yeah, that'd be lovely.

-That'd be lovely.

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-Gives us a nice escape.

-The only problem is,

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that wall is still really dominant,

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and, on the design, there was a focal point there.

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So I would like you guys

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-to go and get the focal point.

-Ooh.

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So we have a little bit of money left from the budget.

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20, 40, 60, 80, 100,

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and 20, 40, 50.

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Lovely. Thank you very much.

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So you can get something that you will like to look at

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which will draw your eye.

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But it can't be too small, cos it's got to have some sort of impact.

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Right, let's go shopping.

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This is a canny move by Charlie.

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She wants the couple to feel they're part of the process.

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Let's just hope she likes what they come back with.

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The brothers are still on manual labour duties.

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Now they've dug the path, they're adding a layer of hardcore.

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But it's thirsty work.

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-Nice little sun trap.

-It's not bad, is it?

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The sun's not out, but when it was!

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Charlie's been working us a bit hard today, hasn't she?

0:21:480:21:50

You poor old souls!

0:21:500:21:52

LAUGHTER

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We were just moaning about you.

0:21:530:21:55

Well, it is a sun trap, but, um, we haven't really finished it.

0:21:550:21:58

We need you to sort of move away.

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-It is perfect placement for it, though, isn't it?

-It is.

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-Do you need us to dig it as well, or...?

-No, no.

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But when I say move away, I really do mean move away.

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-THEY GROAN

-Come on.

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SHE STRAINS

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My saviour. Thank you.

0:22:120:22:14

This is not a time for hanging around.

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The Atkins are a family of seven,

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and Charlie's turned over almost all of one corner of the garden

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to a vegetable plot that's big enough for all of them.

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The patch is bisected by another path that will be edged with hazel.

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Perfect, thank you. These are beautiful hazel, aren't they?

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-Yeah.

-Really nice material to use.

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I know, I love using, like, a natural material.

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I think it adds a kind of, like, earthy, cottagey feel, doesn't it?

0:22:450:22:48

-Really cottagey. Really nice. And they're sustainable as well, aren't they?

-Yeah.

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It's great to use materials like that. Just cut down the tree, it'll regrow.

0:22:520:22:55

-I know.

-And you can cut it down again!

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Hazel has been used for thousands of years in the countryside

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to make fences, because it's lightweight and hard-wearing.

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It remains very popular in garden design today,

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because it's not only sustainable, but attractive, too.

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-How's that look?

-That's not bad. So this is going to be our gravel path.

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It's really just for access.

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And also to make it as pretty as possible, is what I wanted.

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It is a really pretty material, isn't it?

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I mean, most people's vegetable patch

0:23:220:23:24

-is down the bottom of the garden and you don't see it.

-Hidden away.

0:23:240:23:27

We don't have this option in this garden. There's not enough space.

0:23:270:23:30

-It's right beside their eating area as well.

-Yeah.

0:23:300:23:32

You've really got it in for my calendula there, haven't you?

0:23:320:23:35

You know you can eat calendula flowers, don't you?

0:23:350:23:37

-Michelangelo.

-Calendula.

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Pot marigold.

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Do you want to try it?

0:23:410:23:42

-Yeah...

-You look so...

-SHE LAUGHS

0:23:420:23:44

I wouldn't trust her!

0:23:440:23:46

-That tastes of absolutely nothing.

-I mean, if I was starving...

0:23:500:23:53

But it looks really pretty in a salad.

0:23:530:23:55

-That's pepped me up now. Get me on.

-Woohoo!

0:23:550:23:57

-Get me digging.

-That's lunch over, boys! Keep working.

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While the boys hammer away,

0:24:020:24:04

Andy needs Charlie's guidance in the new seating area.

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So I'm thinking I don't want a uniform curve like that.

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No, just staggered.

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And Charlie's very exacting when it comes to how she wants it to look.

0:24:120:24:16

I don't want it uniform.

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I want this to be a little bit more random.

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-LAUGHING:

-I know you don't like it!

-That's fine.

0:24:210:24:24

-I can see your shoulders going up.

-No, it's fine. It's fine.

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And that way, we're going to put some planting in between,

0:24:270:24:29

we're going to have some cobbles,

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so it'll just soften the whole feel of this area.

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To complement the large vegetable patch,

0:24:420:24:45

Charlie's asked Lee to make a wooden compost bin that will sit

0:24:450:24:48

in the shady area by the kitchen door.

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The compost bin will take any organic matter,

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from leaves to old newspapers.

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Once rotted down,

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the compost can be used to improve the soil, as it's nutrient-rich.

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Meanwhile, there's some more tinkering to be done

0:25:030:25:06

in the seating area.

0:25:060:25:07

Doesn't look right with just the front, does it?

0:25:090:25:11

No, I think you should do the back as well, and then

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say you maybe put one there, two close to there,

0:25:140:25:18

none in that one, one there, one there.

0:25:180:25:20

-Right, yeah.

-Yeah? And then we'll put all the gravel in.

0:25:200:25:23

Right.

0:25:250:25:26

As Andy cracks on,

0:25:260:25:27

out front, Pippa and Tony are back from their shopping trip.

0:25:270:25:31

Oooh!

0:25:310:25:32

Excited.

0:25:320:25:33

Charlie sent them off with £150 from the budget

0:25:330:25:37

to buy something that would detract from an ugly wall.

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And this is what they came back with.

0:25:400:25:43

-Oh, that is fantastic.

-There we go.

0:25:430:25:46

We're really pleased with it, and really pleased now, as well,

0:25:460:25:49

getting it home, that I still quite like it.

0:25:490:25:52

-LAUGHTER

-Which is good.

0:25:520:25:53

You were worried that you might not like it?

0:25:530:25:55

I've never bought a statue before.

0:25:550:25:57

-Ready?

-Yeah. Go on.

0:25:570:25:59

It's ever so light(!)

0:25:590:26:01

As it's going to be the key focal point,

0:26:020:26:05

this delightful cherub now needs to be

0:26:050:26:08

properly positioned in the garden.

0:26:080:26:10

I think she should be like that, yeah.

0:26:140:26:17

Like that.

0:26:170:26:18

Yeah, a bit higher.

0:26:180:26:19

-HE STRAINS

-Higher!

0:26:190:26:21

And it looks like she needs a bit of a lift.

0:26:210:26:24

This country garden is starting to take shape.

0:26:350:26:39

The brothers are finishing the small path by the veg patch

0:26:390:26:42

with some gravel, and Lee's almost there with the bespoke compost bin.

0:26:420:26:47

Lee, this is looking amazing!

0:26:510:26:53

-It's getting there.

-So this is going to be a compost bin.

0:26:530:26:56

Won't take a huge amount,

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but it will take the scraps from the kitchen, you know -

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peelings, a few weeds, that type of thing.

0:27:000:27:04

And it's going to be ideal for her vegetable patch.

0:27:040:27:07

Yeah.

0:27:070:27:08

I'm very pleased with that!

0:27:080:27:10

Now it's time for Charlie to reveal her secret feature.

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Pippa was won over by Charlie's suggestion of water in her design,

0:27:140:27:19

so Charlie's ordered a freestanding bowl to sit amongst the new plants.

0:27:190:27:24

It may be small, but it's made from basalt,

0:27:270:27:31

so it's incredibly heavy.

0:27:310:27:32

I've gone for a self-contained water feature.

0:27:380:27:40

You can get them at most garden centres these days.

0:27:400:27:43

You get everything included, so there's the reservoir,

0:27:430:27:46

there's the metal grid that's really strong,

0:27:460:27:49

that will support the actual feature,

0:27:490:27:52

and it comes with a submersible pump,

0:27:520:27:55

and it'll all plug into this weatherproof socket here.

0:27:550:27:59

£500. Not bad.

0:28:000:28:02

And it's a little bit different.

0:28:020:28:04

And it'll be great for the birds to bathe in.

0:28:040:28:07

Fixed bubble, as always.

0:28:150:28:16

-Ooh!

-Oh, my word.

-CHARLIE LAUGHS

0:28:160:28:19

Charlie, it's like you've done it before!

0:28:190:28:21

SHE GIGGLES

0:28:210:28:22

Right. Slowly down, slowly, slowly.

0:28:250:28:28

A water feature like this does require power,

0:28:280:28:31

so if you're going to install one,

0:28:310:28:33

remember to factor in the extra cost of an electrician.

0:28:330:28:36

All Charlie needs to do now is cover up the reservoir.

0:28:410:28:45

A water feature like this is great for children because it's very safe,

0:28:470:28:51

because there's no big open body of water,

0:28:510:28:54

but they can still touch it, which is quite fun,

0:28:540:28:57

so it's sort of quite a sensory part of the garden.

0:28:570:29:00

Also ideal for the birds, so we'll put a couple of pebbles in there.

0:29:000:29:04

The birds will come and bathe in it.

0:29:040:29:06

Likewise, insects will come and drink from it as well.

0:29:060:29:08

Over in the vegetable garden,

0:29:160:29:18

Charlie wants to add some structure to the new beds,

0:29:180:29:21

so she's challenged the boys to show off their weaving skills.

0:29:210:29:25

What Charlie's done here is she's used hazel

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and she's used them in different forms,

0:29:320:29:34

so she's got the lovely kind of horizontal weave as the low fencing.

0:29:340:29:37

Also, what's so nice is using the same materials,

0:29:370:29:40

but in a vertical way. So having these kind of tepees

0:29:400:29:43

is really going to create a little focal point in this area.

0:29:430:29:46

And it's very natural material

0:29:460:29:48

and, you know, gives this lovely, like, authentic feel to this space,

0:29:480:29:51

-doesn't it?

-It does, yeah. It's lovely.

0:29:510:29:54

Willow and hazel are versatile, natural materials

0:29:540:29:58

that can make practical and beautiful objects in the garden.

0:29:580:30:01

Someone that knows all about this ancient craft

0:30:010:30:05

is professional weaver Eddie Glew.

0:30:050:30:07

My father was a basket-maker, and when I was about 21 years old,

0:30:070:30:10

he saw me not doing much, and gave me the opportunity to work with him,

0:30:100:30:14

which was the greatest thing that I ever did.

0:30:140:30:17

And I learned to fall in love with the craft.

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And I'm still doing it to this day.

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I can make anything from willow, basically.

0:30:240:30:27

I'm a yes man when it comes to willow.

0:30:270:30:29

It's such a versatile material. You can do anything with it.

0:30:310:30:34

It's so supple. And we're in the perfect country for it -

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you can grow it anywhere. Stick a rod in the ground,

0:30:380:30:40

if it's green and fresh, it'll grow.

0:30:400:30:43

You can make lots of things for the garden,

0:30:430:30:45

so we've been making plant supports, the obelisks,

0:30:450:30:48

the bird feeders,

0:30:480:30:50

decorations for the garden -

0:30:500:30:52

things like dragonflies and sunflowers that we've made.

0:30:520:30:55

For me, if you're going to have fencing in your garden,

0:30:570:31:00

some willow fencing is always going to look better,

0:31:000:31:03

because it's in keeping with the garden,

0:31:030:31:05

it's made with a material that you could be growing.

0:31:050:31:08

The material is extremely tactile and it's very rewarding.

0:31:100:31:14

So you're making things that are coming to life in front of you.

0:31:140:31:17

And at the end of the day,

0:31:210:31:22

there's a sense of satisfaction, because you've created something

0:31:220:31:26

that will be useful to somebody else.

0:31:260:31:28

Eddie's had years of experience working with willow.

0:31:330:31:36

This is the boys' first attempt.

0:31:390:31:42

But they're not doing too badly.

0:31:420:31:44

They're not the easiest to construct.

0:31:470:31:49

This bit, the whole tepee idea, is fine.

0:31:490:31:52

Weaving this around is a little bit tricky.

0:31:520:31:54

You've got to be a bit careful. But it's good fun.

0:31:540:31:56

You know, it's the idea that you're making something.

0:31:560:31:59

You can do it as a family, you know, as brothers.

0:31:590:32:01

So it's just quite fun, and a bit of an experiment as well.

0:32:010:32:05

Charlie's going to put sweet peas on this.

0:32:060:32:08

It's functional, practical, but also looks great.

0:32:080:32:11

It's time for Charlie's selection of nearly 200 plants

0:32:140:32:18

to be placed around the garden, ready for planting.

0:32:180:32:21

Tony and Pippa loved the sound of wildlife

0:32:210:32:24

in their old country garden,

0:32:240:32:26

so she's chosen a mix of bee- and butterfly-friendly plants.

0:32:260:32:29

Mm, yum! Just your basic lilac.

0:32:310:32:35

Pippa and Tony have got quite a lot of shrubs in the garden,

0:32:350:32:37

but I want to add one or two more to give a bit more structure.

0:32:370:32:41

But it's all about getting a lot of wildlife into the garden.

0:32:410:32:44

So there's lots of scented plants, like the lilac.

0:32:440:32:47

We've got honeysuckle, which is great for attracting bees

0:32:470:32:50

and butterflies into the garden.

0:32:500:32:52

And of course, if you get those coming into the garden, you'll get a lot more birds.

0:32:520:32:56

But I've gone for a lot of cottagey plants as well,

0:32:560:32:59

so, sort of real favourites, like Geum,

0:32:590:33:03

and then Phlox, and one of my favourite scented cottage plants,

0:33:030:33:07

lily of the valley, that does really well when it gets going.

0:33:070:33:10

And then there's some that are sort of woodlandy,

0:33:100:33:13

so we've got Solomon's Seal, dicentra

0:33:130:33:16

and lots and lots of different geraniums

0:33:160:33:19

to get the colour in there

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and to make her shrubs look a little bit more attractive.

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And of course, the key thing

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for Pippa and Tony is the vegetable area.

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So we've got some plants that we've bought,

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but the great thing about growing vegetables is sowing them from seed.

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One, you can choose exactly what you want to grow,

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the children can be involved

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and it's way more satisfying

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than just buying them at the garden centre.

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Charlie's next challenge is to try

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and find a way to make the statue that

0:33:470:33:49

Pippa and Tony chose feel part of the garden.

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Looks like she was designed to sit under that lilac.

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Under the lilac, she's graduating the planting at different heights.

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Soft-leaved perennials contrast well with the metal of the statue

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and will cover up the wooden plinth the landscapers have built.

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The sculpture Tony and Pippa bought

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looks great against this brick wall.

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She's used a muted colour palette of plant below it

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so it doesn't detract too much from the statue itself.

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And then she's also planted this lovely, lovely lilac tree,

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that in time is going to arch over the statue.

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She's picked out the dicentra, which is going to be this lovely

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little bit of pink which will kind of

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link really well with that planting.

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So although it's very muted and very white,

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just having this hint of pink really does bring your eye into here

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and up into the tree.

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In Charlie's seating area, Paul and Andy are adding

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vertical wooden panels that will work like a shutter.

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When the couple are sitting behind it,

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they will be able to look out,

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but it will be trickier for the kids to see in.

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With a little imagination,

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a hidden hideaway can be created in any garden,

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whatever its shape or size.

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The clever use of plants like ferns around a seating area can create

0:35:130:35:17

privacy without it feeling confined.

0:35:170:35:20

A pergola covered in pretty climbers,

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like a rambling rose or a clematis,

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can make a magical retreat.

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If you want to enclose a section of your garden for an intimate setting,

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box can provide the perfect living screen.

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Or you could use a pretty row of espalier trees

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to create a secret space.

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But for complete peace and quiet, you could always

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go up into a treehouse, the ultimate garden retreat.

0:35:510:35:55

Before the team can enjoy any peace and quiet,

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there's a garden to finish.

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With Charlie wanting to bring

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a piece of the countryside to this town garden,

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she's chosen to use the country favourite - a hoggin path.

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A mix of gravel, sand and clay, it binds firmly when compacted

0:36:250:36:30

but still allows water to drain through it.

0:36:300:36:32

It's taken nearly all day, but Lee has finished not one

0:36:350:36:39

but two compost bins.

0:36:390:36:42

Made out of wood and shaped as beehives, these charming crafted

0:36:420:36:46

pieces are placed in the shady area behind the kitchen.

0:36:460:36:51

Lee has made some beautiful compost bins for the garden.

0:36:510:36:54

Now, that one there behind me is for the more garden waste,

0:36:540:36:57

the bulkier waste, this one here is for the kitchen peelings.

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And as you can see, inside of it...

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..there is a wormery.

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Now, the point of a wormery is the fact that you can

0:37:050:37:08

take your kitchen peelings and you can put them in here

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and then the worms will break them down and create gardener's gold -

0:37:100:37:14

really nice, nutritious fertiliser for your plants.

0:37:140:37:16

It's really simple, as you can see.

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You just need some plastic containers

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and then inside here you want to put your compost to start off with,

0:37:200:37:23

some wet newspaper, kind of like a lasagne, make some layers.

0:37:230:37:28

Regularly feed the worms with all your kitchen trimmings.

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Slowly, over time, then, that builds up to the top layer, to the lid.

0:37:330:37:36

And that's where the stacking system comes in.

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So here, you've got your second box.

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You drill holes in the bottom which line up with these holes in the

0:37:400:37:43

top here. This goes on top.

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And then you'll do the same thing again,

0:37:450:37:48

you'll put in your compost and your newspaper layers

0:37:480:37:50

and obviously some of your fresh kitchen trimmings.

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And that will draw the worms up into this top box

0:37:520:37:55

and leave your bottom box with some great fertiliser for your plants.

0:37:550:37:59

So then you can take that out, use it, put this at the bottom

0:37:590:38:01

and start the whole cycle again.

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All that Pippa and Tony will have to do now

0:38:030:38:06

is add the 500 worms that the boys have ordered online.

0:38:060:38:10

The last of the plants are going in

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and the wacker plate has almost done its job.

0:38:230:38:27

And as the sun begins to set, the garden is complete.

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Just a few days ago, Pippa and Tony's garden

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was a massive lawn with shrubs at the borders.

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The awkward-shaped plot lacked colour

0:38:450:38:48

and was overlooked by brick walls.

0:38:480:38:50

Now it's had a £4,000 transformation.

0:38:530:38:57

Charlie designed a large, sweeping pathway,

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big enough to accommodate a seating area.

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Made from rustic hoggin and edged with reclaimed granite cobbles,

0:39:040:39:08

it came in at £970.

0:39:080:39:11

Pippa and Tony wanted to attract wildlife into their garden,

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so Charlie spent £1,000

0:39:190:39:22

on a selection of colourful and scented flowers.

0:39:220:39:25

Pippa was keen to have a water feature to attract the birds,

0:39:270:39:31

and Charlie chose a small one made of basalt at a cost of £500.

0:39:310:39:36

With a family of seven to feed, Harry and David built

0:39:390:39:42

a large vegetable plot framed with hazel fencing.

0:39:420:39:46

This leads to compost bins made by Lee for just £60.

0:39:460:39:51

To mask the ugly brick wall opposite the house,

0:39:530:39:57

the couple bought a statue for £150,

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next to which Charlie planted an overhanging lilac tree.

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And Charlie designed a secluded seating area

0:40:080:40:12

just for the couple for £200,

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adding a purple wisteria as a finishing touch.

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PIPPA LAUGHS

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That's a very nervous laugh!

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Charlie has brought a taste of the country into the town garden,

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but is it the relaxing rural idyll Pippa and Tony were after?

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You can open your eyes now.

0:40:340:40:36

Oh, fantastic!

0:40:370:40:39

That's very pretty, isn't it?

0:40:390:40:41

Charlie will be really pleased,

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because she really wanted to create a pretty garden.

0:40:430:40:45

That wisteria, that's very pretty.

0:40:450:40:47

It's quite an eye-catching plant, isn't it?

0:40:470:40:49

Look at that! The statue goes in really nice.

0:40:490:40:51

Good choice there.

0:40:510:40:53

-Brilliant!

-I love the colours.

0:40:530:40:55

That's really lovely. Oh, the veggie patch!

0:40:550:40:58

Wow! Look at that.

0:40:580:41:00

-A path.

-That is really lovely.

0:41:000:41:02

Loves the kitchen garden, thinks it's really cute.

0:41:020:41:06

I think they'll get a lot of use out of that.

0:41:060:41:08

-Very nice wigwams.

-Very posh wigwams. And what are these?

0:41:080:41:13

-That's a compost bin.

-That's a very posh compost bin.

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And then this is a wormery.

0:41:150:41:17

-OK.

-Wow!

-So that's all for your peelings from the kitchen.

0:41:170:41:20

Here we've got your rosemary.

0:41:200:41:23

-Oh, yes.

-OK?

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But there's enough space there for you to have some coriander.

0:41:250:41:28

And that's the same with the vegetable patch.

0:41:280:41:31

We've got garlic in there, lots of lettuce, some sweet peas,

0:41:310:41:34

because that's good for bringing insects in to pollinate.

0:41:340:41:38

And then we've just really enhanced

0:41:380:41:40

the planting that you already had here.

0:41:400:41:42

-Yes! Yeah, that's really clever. That's really clever.

-Yeah,

0:41:420:41:46

it's perfect not to get rid of some of those existing shrubs.

0:41:460:41:48

-Yeah.

-Adds that nice bit of maturity to the garden.

0:41:480:41:51

I love the sound of that water.

0:41:510:41:54

-Don't you?

-Yeah.

-That's really lovely, isn't it?

0:41:540:41:56

Sounds like she loves the sound of the water.

0:41:560:41:58

Yeah, well, it's a new little feature, isn't it?

0:41:580:42:01

It's a cool little thing.

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And it's got a light in it.

0:42:020:42:04

At night-time, that will be really pretty.

0:42:040:42:06

-And then this is the area for a couple of seats.

-Yeah.

0:42:060:42:10

And we were sat there earlier today, and it's a huge sun trap.

0:42:100:42:13

-It was gorgeous.

-Brilliant.

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Although you've put a lot in and there's a lot more in it,

0:42:150:42:17

it feels bigger, because that whole path coming round, it joins,

0:42:170:42:21

-doesn't it? The whole, you know...

-It's like the Yellow Brick Road.

0:42:210:42:25

He just said he loves the Yellow Brick Road.

0:42:250:42:27

Charlie can be Dorothy!

0:42:270:42:29

Fantastic, yeah. I love it, absolutely love it.

0:42:300:42:32

Cheers!

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Pippa and Tony missed the countryside

0:42:370:42:39

and wanted their new garden to attract wildlife, to grow their own

0:42:390:42:43

produce and provide a relaxing retreat.

0:42:430:42:46

Well, this garden's worked really well.

0:42:480:42:50

It's a small space and they wanted a lot in it,

0:42:500:42:53

but I think we managed to pull it off.

0:42:530:42:56

The couple love it and the kids do, too.

0:42:570:43:00

And now they have their own piece of the countryside in suburbia.

0:43:000:43:04

We'd never have been able to do this on our own.

0:43:070:43:09

-No.

-Not in a million years.

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It's money well spent, and we're going to enjoy it for years to come.

0:43:100:43:13

Yeah.

0:43:130:43:15

Charlie Dimmock and the Rich brothers are competing to design a garden for a family of seven in Stamford, Lincolnshire. They've just moved from rural Rutland to suburbia and miss the sights and sounds of the countryside they've left behind. With five kids, it's a busy, noisy house and mum and dad want their garden transformed into a peaceful area they can call their own. Charlie and the Rich Brothers have a healthy £4,500 to spend, but with an awkward plot in a built-up modern setting, it's a huge challenge to design a garden that will remind them of the rural life they miss.