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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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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 gardens.

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

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-Oh, look at it turn.

-Wow, it's 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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Not a lot going on, is there?

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Not a lot!

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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!

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..and budget.

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Oh, that sounds amazing.

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

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-The winner...

-Charlie!

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Yeah!

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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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Keep working, keep working, boy!

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Whoa, whoa, whoa, easy!

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This is what happens...

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Just get on with it, sometime today would be good!

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..when different styles collide...

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I think your brother's throwing the toys out of his pram.

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Right, are we doing this?

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..to turn garden dreams into reality.

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-Open your eyes.

-Oh!

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Oh, it's lovely!

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Wow!

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Look at that!

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Wow! It's not our garden!

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It's time for Charlie and the Rich brothers

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to find out today's garden challenge.

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This is Will and Kate and their two boys from Hampshire,

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and they want this usable, family friendly space.

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Oh, nearly!

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-Try again.

-What do you think, Ruben?

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Will and Kate met 12 years ago in London.

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They bonded over a love of travel,

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and then spent eight years travelling the world,

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living in as many countries as possible.

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But 18 months ago, they decided to put down roots in Whitchurch

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and start a family.

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So we bought this house last year,

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and before that we were living in New Zealand for a while

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and Canada and Ireland.

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Will being from New Zealand and me from the UK,

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we decided to come back, really, to have a family,

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and lean on the support of our family, my family, as well,

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to help with that.

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Is that a teeny, tiny one, there?

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Whilst travelling, the couple spent time

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in some of the most beautiful environments in the world,

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and want a garden that reflects their passion for nature.

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I guess we do consider ourselves to be quite eco-friendly,

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so we try and encourage that in the children, as well,

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just going out and about and giving them fresh air,

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so they actually understand what the environment's about.

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An eco-friendly garden is well within our designers' remit

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but there is a rather large problem with this plot

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that will need to be solved first.

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I'll show you the garden next.

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Oh, what does that mean?

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Wow!

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Wow? Understatement!

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My goodness, look at that drop!

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-It's like a cliff.

-You wouldn't let your children out in that.

-No.

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And there's barely a fence there, as well, is there?

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-Safety is a massive part, especially with two young boys.

-Yeah.

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When you've got a toddler and a baby, yes,

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it's not very safe for them to be out here,

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so we've got temporary fencing up.

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One of our high priorities is to put proper fencing up

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to make it nice and safe for them.

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The difference between the plot and the house is huge -

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a vertiginous 1.8 metre drop,

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but that hasn't deterred Will from having a go.

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What I have done in the garden so far

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is I have tried to create a vegetable patch,

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which was partly successful, partly failed,

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but I managed to prioritise the chicken coop

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over some of the interior redecorating of the house,

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much to my wife's disgust!

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This bizarre back yard

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may be the last place you'd expect to find a good life garden,

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but this is a couple who clearly want their plot

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to reflect their values...

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..but, having bought their new house,

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they have limited resources to spend.

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So, the budget for our garden is £2,500.

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It's not a huge amount of money but it's not a big garden,

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so I think if it's spent wisely, and the designs are good,

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then I think they can really do a lot with the space.

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I think a lot of it is going to go on this fence,

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making something which looks great and is also very safe.

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Yeah, so, basically, we're going to spend most of the budget on that,

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so we're going to have to be quite creative with what's left

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to give them a garden that they really like.

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-Yeah.

-Definitely.

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Thinking caps on.

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£2,500 is still a good chunk of money,

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but with safety the main concern in this garden,

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our designers are going to have to be clever with the cash

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if they also want to give the couple

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the eco-friendly country lifestyle garden they're hoping for.

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With this garden posing so many structural problems,

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the next task for our intrepid designers is to make a site visit.

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So, they're heading to Whitchurch

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to see if that drop is as scary as it looks.

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My goodness me.

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What have you noticed there, Charlie?

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That's a long way down!

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That's the biggest drop I've ever seen, without a fence.

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-That's dangerous.

-Dangerous.

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But, look - sunshine pouring in there, lovely sun trap,

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-that's got to be good.

-Very good for the veggies.

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-Veggies, fruit, sunflowers.

-Chickens enjoying themselves.

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Yep. Mooching around.

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It's quite cluttered at the moment, so get rid of that clutter.

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-Yep.

-Ideas budding already, look at that,

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look at that. What are you thinking?

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You're going to get more inspiration from inside, are you?

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You seem to know us well, yeah.

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We're going to head upstairs, put the kettle on.

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-Careful of the steps, boys.

-Oh, cheers, Mum.

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-Thank you.

-Very good.

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There is a lot going on in the garden,

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and the boys are keen to see if inside the house is the same.

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Oh, this is like a completely different feeling, isn't it?

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Yeah, this is lovely.

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I'm initially thinking, considering they like eco-friendliness,

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the sustainability thing,

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I'd expect it to be more rustic and organic, but it's not at all, is it?

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-No.

-It's got that kind of Scandi, modern, clean feeling.

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Yeah, quite minimal, with the Scandinavian design.

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While outside, Charlie's finding out

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what the couple's horticultural priorities really are.

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I notice there's lots of vegetables and fruit and herbs about.

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Are you into that side of things?

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Yes, definitely. I love to be able to walk out into the back yard,

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just pick fresh herbs to cook with, but also I grow my own hops,

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so I brew my own gluten-free beer.

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Oh, OK!

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Is it good beer, is it nice?

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-It's drinkable.

-Oh, OK!

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Don't sell it too much, there, Kate, will you?!

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Yes, it's lovely!

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I was thinking the wall actually looks quite nice -

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you've got the trailers coming down, that's quite cool.

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When we're putting up that fence there for safety,

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you don't want it to block out the light.

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-No.

-What are you thinking?

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I don't know, I quite like the whole use of wood,

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so I think maybe that would be nice.

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Do you entertain much out in the garden?

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Yeah, we definitely do. We love having people over and cooking,

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both of us, and because we're doing the house up,

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it would be nice to have an outdoor space

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where we can have people come and hang out here.

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The team certainly have a challenge on their hands here.

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Kate and Will not only want a garden to provide produce for the family,

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they also want entertaining space,

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and they need that huge drop safely fenced,

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without blocking all the light from the lounge.

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The designers are going to have to be super savvy with that £2,500.

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So, Charlie and the Rich brothers waste no time

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and start brainstorming ideas.

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Each of them will come up with a design

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that matches Kate and Will's style and their budget.

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Their £2,500 will be used to cover the cost of the materials

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for their new garden,

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while the labour will be supplied by Charlie, the Rich brothers,

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and their team of landscapers.

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Once they've presented their designs,

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the couple will then choose a winner,

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and whoever loses will have to help the winner build the garden.

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It's time for the big pitch.

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-Here they come.

-Oh, here we go!

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Charlie has seen that Will loves the idea of a working garden,

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one that supplies veg for the larder and beer for the fridge,

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while the boys have seen that Kate has a taste

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for modern Scandinavian design -

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but whichever direction they choose,

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they first have to deal with that drop.

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We wanted to create a really smart looking fence,

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-so, horizontal slatted, quite thin wood.

-Yeah.

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So we were going to start staggering the gaps,

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so they get bigger as it goes up.

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Down the bottom, for the guys,

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they won't be able to crawl through anything,

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it's nice and safe, that's paramount.

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But as it gets to the top, the gaps open up,

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so you'd still be able to see out as well...

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-Yeah.

-..but it'll just keep that light coming through.

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To make this safe,

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I have run a very simple fence all the way round,

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which is tightened wires so they're close together lower down

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and then more spaced out,

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so it means it won't shade your windows.

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-Yep.

-But it will also give you a great place during the summer

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to grow golden hops and some normal hops over it.

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Clearly influenced by the Scandi interior,

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the boys have gone for a slatted wooden boundary,

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but Charlie's wire fence will let more light into the house,

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and create additional growing space.

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Can the boys bounce back?

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-We wanted to give you some bespoke raised beds.

-Yeah.

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We know you love growing your veg.

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We wanted to put that in a bit more of a designer,

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so not your ordinary ones, a bit more irregular shapes,

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but enough space for you to grow some veg.

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And then, also, we know you love your hops.

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-Yes, I do.

-So, that was high importance.

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On this side here, what we've done is we've put some uprights,

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and then we've got some netting in between,

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and that's a framework so you can grow your hops...

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-Great.

-..and amongst your seating area, so, you know,

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you can be having a beer but keeping an eye on the hops

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-to make sure it's growing well.

-Perfect, I like it!

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So we've got some raised beds here and here.

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Mainly herbs in this one.

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And because your garden is so nice and warm,

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I thought it'd be really good fun to have, in amongst the plants,

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some New Zealand plants, so maybe a pohutukawa...

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-Lovely.

-..or metrosideros

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and tea tree or manuka, leptospermum,

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-because that's a real sun trap there...

-Yeah.

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..and that will give you a bit more glam to your patio area.

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Yep.

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Well, the boys are definitely ticking all the right boxes,

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but Charlie's beautiful New Zealand plant selection

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was a real tug at Will's heartstrings.

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The couple want their kids to enjoy the garden, too,

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and both designers have come up with a solution.

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We had a little look in the house,

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and it almost has like a Scandinavian feel,

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with the kind of furniture and the nice, wooden floor.

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So that's something we wanted to pull out and put in the garden.

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So we have a large deck which is going to create the feature

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within the garden. It's very usable.

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It's very warm. It's got a lovely little bespoke bench, here.

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We've gone and put a lovely little tree inside the middle of the deck.

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We thought, it's quite nice to bring the garden in.

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It'll be really clean, quite crisp, in a way,

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coming out of the deck, so that'll be really cool.

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The boys have really nailed the Scandinavian vibe

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with their modern decking, complete with a feature tree.

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Will Charlie be able to match it?

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We've got your patio, barbecue area here

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and then this area is a raised bed with a pond in it.

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The bed is high enough that the children can get their hands in it

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but they won't be able to fall into it.

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We are going to put a little solar powered pump in here,

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so the panels pop up on there

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-and then we can grow watercress in there.

-Yeah.

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A patio and an eco-friendly solar-powered water feature.

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Has this tipped the scales in Charlie's favour?

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Right, thank you.

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With the pitches over,

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Will and Kate have a tough decision on their hands -

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and they can only pick one design.

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It's... I love the fact that we've got the solar panels

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-on the roof of the shed. That's really sympathetic, isn't it?

-Yeah.

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So they loved the water feature, solar powered,

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running water through a pool with watercress.

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-You always have water, don't you?

-Water.

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-The wildlife theme.

-We haven't put water in ours, have we?

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-No.

-Where did you get that idea from?

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Well, you've got to have water there for the wildlife.

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The trees, it does sort of break up,

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it screens the garden a little bit, as well,

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and just breaks up the garden,

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gives it a little bit more height, a bit more interest, I think.

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I like how the Rich brothers have used the more sympathetic,

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-softer materials.

-Yeah.

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I have to say, it's difficult.

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You think, "They'll like that, like that, like that,"

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but now that I've spoken to you, I'm like, "Hmm..."

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Well, you just never know, do you?

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So what I do like about Charlie's design

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is it brings some native New Zealand plants into the mix.

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-Yeah, definitely.

-It'll be nice to see some pohutukawa in there.

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Yeah, it's a spectacular flower during summer, isn't it?

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Yeah, definitely.

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Will they be won over by the boys' simple lines,

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bespoke planters and use of natural wood throughout...

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or will Charlie's clever fence,

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New Zealand plants and eco-water feature swing the vote?

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They can only pick one.

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So...who's it going to be?

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-Hello.

-Hello.

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Well, thank you very much for all the effort you put in

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to listening to the brief with both of your designs -

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but the one we've decided to go with is...

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Yeah!

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What a decision.

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What is it that, you know, swayed you?

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I think, with this one,

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there's more space in and the back here, I think.

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And I liked how the trees gave different proportion, as well,

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and broke up the space, too, and the established trees, also.

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It looked like Charlie had nailed it -

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but, against the odds, the boys have prevailed...

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..but they have promised the couple a lot for their £2,500

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and this is the trickiest plot

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the Garden Rescue team have ever tackled.

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It's going to take all our gardeners' talents to pull it off.

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It's day one of the build in Whitchurch,

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and while the Rich brothers are away working at the finer details

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of their eco-friendly design...

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Paul and his crack team of landscapers...

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..make a start on the garden.

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A lot of the garden needs to be cleared

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to make space for the new features...

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..and that means it's curtains for Will and Kate's old shed.

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First thing, all of us round that side...

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Flat pack it, straight down the bank, done.

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But another feature in the garden needs more careful handling.

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She's not happy!

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-She's going.

-HE CHUCKLES

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Go on, go on, then.

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There you go, chooks, there you are, safe and sound.

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Chicken run cleaned...

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There's some eggs, there.

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..and it looks like the hens have been laying.

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Great.

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Wait, wait, wait... I've got my gloves on. Wait, wait, wait.

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That's how to make an omelette.

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Fun and games over,

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the team need to crack on

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and make a start on creating the family living area.

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The Rich brothers are planning to sink the deck into the ground,

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minimising the need for steps and creating a neat, clean look.

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HE GROANS

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Yeah, that's good.

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Central to the Rich brothers' design are four large feature trees,

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one of which is integrated into the decking area,

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and that means it needs to be planted first.

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Right, we've got this tree, a nice betula behind me,

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that's got to go in the deck

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and what you need to do is put it in before you get all the framework in,

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because once the framework's in, that's it.

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The deck boards go down and it's game over.

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The garden's progressing well,

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and it's not long before Charlie and the Rich brothers arrive -

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and David has the perfect job for Charlie's creative talents.

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This is a small garden, a low budget, but there's a lot going on.

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-There is.

-We've got plenty to do today.

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-Lots of wood.

-Oh, OK. All right.

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-Are you ready?

-I think so.

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The chickens. That's the bit that wasn't really in our design.

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We knew it wanted to be there but there's no design to it.

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-So, absolute free rein.

-Oh, I can go mad.

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-Paint it red if you want.

-But there's no budget.

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Me and Harry, we're on things like the bench,

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a nice bespoke bench with logs underneath it.

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Containers for the raised beds, with the veg growing in it,

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then obviously planting.

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So you think, "Oh, it's a small garden,

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"it'll be really quick and easy."

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-We'll be like this.

-Get out my way, you're in my chicken run!

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Chicken run!

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Right, on that bombshell, let's crack on.

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Oh, dear. Don't give up the day job, eh?

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Making the garden safe for their two young children

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was Will and Kate's number one concern.

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The first task for the boys

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is getting the fence posts in the ground...

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..while Charlie is making room for her new chicken run,

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which means the compost bin needs a new home.

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I'm repositioning Kate and Will's compost bin.

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They had it tucked right under the hedge.

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You can see why, because they are not a thing of beauty.

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But, by having it in a shady place,

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it means that the compost doesn't actually rot down so quickly.

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So this is away from the patio area, so there won't be the smell,

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but also the sun rises over there,

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so it'll get nice and warm,

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so it'll make everything rot down much more quickly.

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Will and Kate are keen to grow their own fruit and veg in the new garden,

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so a good source of compost will be vital.

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When it comes to be a vegetable plot,

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spreading compost on your garden

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is a great way to add nutrients to the soil,

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retain moisture and suppress weeds...

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..and if you have enough compost or mulch available,

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you can actually have an amazing garden

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without ever having to pick up a spade again.

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No Dig gardening is a technique

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that Charles Dowding has been practising in the UK

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for over 35 years...

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..and he is passionate about soil.

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I just love working with soil and with plants.

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They're bursting with life.

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It's nature's way.

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No Dig is about disturbing the soil as little as possible.

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So, it's to encourage soil life,

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all the organisms in soil to stay intact...

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but also feeding them with a mulch of organic matter on the surface.

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Compost is the best surface organic mulch you can use.

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To make great compost, you want a mixture of green and brown,

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roughly half of the brown, which is dry old woody stuff.

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That provides carbon and a structure for a heap to add to the green,

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which is leafy, lush, nitrogen materials and those two together,

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50-50 of each, you will get great compost.

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No Dig bed. Let's see what we've got.

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There's some very nice carrots there...

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and they come out clean, too.

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That's the big advantage of growing in the compost - cleaner roots.

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When you've got really strong life in the soil,

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that helps to keep it open and full of channels for roots

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and also full of food for plants.

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This bed, every autumn, winter, I dig it, incorporate compost.

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This is the traditional digging approach.

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This bed,

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No Dig,

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I'm simply putting the same amount of compost on top.

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This year, so far, the dug bed has given 68 kilos of vegetables.

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The No Dig bed has given 74 kilos of vegetables -

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and more to come.

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Starting with No Dig can be tricky.

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One thing you don't need to do is dig -

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but you do need to mulch thoroughly.

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It's about killing the weeds that are there

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so that you've then got clean soil ongoing.

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Once you've got through that first year, you're laughing, actually,

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and ongoing you have a lot less weeding to do.

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You save a lot of time.

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The No Dig method that Charles is using

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is one of the most eco-friendly styles of gardening you can adopt.

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All you need is a plentiful supply of mulch.

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Back in Whitchurch,

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Will and Kate's Good Life garden is starting to take shape...

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..and while the boys wait for the concrete to set

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around their fence posts,

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Harry decides to finish off the decking.

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The Rich brothers are using sustainably harvested British pine

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for the deck, which is not only better for the environment,

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it's a lot cheaper than imported hardwood alternatives.

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And, as you can see, it's quite a large, open space.

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Especially with decking, it's lovely to have a point of reference,

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or a lovely feature within it.

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So we've chosen to put this birch tree,

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and that'll link with the other birch trees

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in the rest of the garden,

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so it's going to be a lovely feature -

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and with a bit of underplanting

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it's going to connect this whole space together.

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Meanwhile, Charlie is powering on with the chicken run.

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So the chicken wire's really just to keep the chickens in this area

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so they don't plummet off the edge of the wall, there.

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When you're keeping chickens, you need to protect them -

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so, you need to keep them in, but also keep things out.

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You don't want predators getting them, like foxes.

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Make sure you've got a good hutch -

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which Kate and Will have already got,

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so that we'll move that in here

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and at night-time you need to put the chickens in

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and lock them away safe, because, also, with your hutch,

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you want to make sure they've got a raised-up area

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to stop rats from getting in, as well.

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Oh!

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-Nearly hit his head, then.

-Deadly!

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With the concrete set,

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the boys are ready to start putting the slats on their bespoke fence.

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Their plan is to increase the gaps between the slats

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as the fence gets higher.

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This way, they can minimise the amount of light the fence will block

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from the lounge window below while still making the garden super-safe

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for Will and Kate's two young boys.

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That looks...

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That looks nice, but I can't really see it.

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With a customised fence like this,

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the only way to know what's going to work is to hold a few of the slats

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up and have a look.

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Yeah, it'd be nice to get a couple more. Shall we grab Charlie?

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-Yeah, go on, then.

-Charlie?

-Aye?

-Can we grab you?

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Right, if we could put these two together just to give David an idea.

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Oh, right. OK.

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I'll go this side. I'll be the gent and go down the dangerous side.

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A bit higher, Harry, on the top one.

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-That looks quite nice.

-And the bottom one?

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-Does that look about right?

-Yeah.

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I think - at that, you can still see a lot.

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-It doesn't block out anything. Which is great.

-Thank you, Charlie.

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-Good-oh.

-Lovely jubbly.

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Spacing worked out, the boys can crack on...

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..and with such a big drop below,

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it's not just children's safety David is concerned about.

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We are using laths that are 2 x 1 inch and that's for two reasons.

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We want it to be structurally sound when we're attaching it.

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The thinner you go the more risk you have of splitting the laths,

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so we don't want that. And then also because it's of high importance

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for this to be really safe, there's a big drop,

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we need it to be really strong so if someone was to fall into it,

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between the uprights, we need to make sure

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that these laths are going to hold their weight.

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Nice.

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All we've got to do now is cut the tops of the post off.

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It's a lovely, clean, simple design

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that's going to let loads of light through.

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I quite like it.

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Meanwhile, Charlie's looking at ways to greenify the new chicken run.

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Chickens were originally forest animals,

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and they are much happier with a few shrubs around...

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..but some plants are poisonous to them,

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and, as chickens will peck and scratch at everything,

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the plants need to be hardy, as well.

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So, this one that I'm using

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which will put up with the chickens pecking round at the bottom,

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is guelder-rose, native to the UK, Europe and most of Asia.

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It has good autumn colour, it goes a nice yellow colour,

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gets fruit on it, as well, in the autumn,

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which bullfinches and mistle thrush love,

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and then, in the sort of early summer,

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it has big, white heads of flowers,

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so it's very attractive and really robust.

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And with their new home nearly complete,

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it's time to move in the chooks.

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OK, you boys - and I mean more than you two -

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so, you're going to be the chicken wranglers.

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-The chicken wranglers.

-Bring it on.

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So, you've got to hold on to them,

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because I'm not chasing them up the street!

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All right?

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-Which one have I got?

-You've got the red one.

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Oh, you've got the one with the big claws.

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-That was very smoothly done, actually.

-You're well-behaved.

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-Hey, chicken.

-You've got one that's a bit more radical.

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Oh, don't you rustle, mate.

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Take your time. Because I've got a wild animal in my grasp!

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We'll take a seat, Charlie, with our new pets.

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So this is really wobbly.

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I feel like we're bonding.

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Up!

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Up, up, higher, higher, higher and then down, down, down, down.

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Right.

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It's always stressful moving home, anyway.

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So, it's relocate chooks.

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Chuck 'em in.

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Oh, chook 'em in!

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-Chuck, chuck, chuck...

-Don't chuck 'em in, gently place.

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Number one.

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Reunite. Oh, go on you little...

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Oh, chill out.

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It means I can then plant up round here.

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With the chooks rehoused, Harry carries on with the fence...

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..while David makes a start on the raised planters.

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An area for growing fruit and veg

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was high on the family's shopping list -

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and on the boys' design,

0:28:530:28:55

the new planters are built from timber decking

0:28:550:28:57

so they link with the other features in the garden.

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We've built this raised bed two planks high, and that's fine,

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because we're going to dig the soil underneath

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so it's got a lot more ground to grow into.

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With this one we felt that one would be a bit of a trip hazard,

0:29:090:29:12

two is perfect, especially because Will and Kate

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want to grow some veg with their kids.

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Meanwhile, Charlie completes the final section of planting

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in the chicken run...

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And then the last things to go in, just over here,

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is going to be the thyme and the lavender

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saved from the border over there

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and that will help stop a lot of the flies that tend to congregate

0:29:390:29:44

around chicken runs.

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Raised planters complete, all David has to do is position them -

0:29:530:29:57

but with three designers on hand, it's easier said than done.

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I like it. It's nice having three to work with. They're quite small.

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-Yeah.

-We'll play around with them.

-Yeah, that's gorgeous.

0:30:050:30:08

-It's really, really nice.

-And having it at different angles, as well.

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-Don't you make my chicken run look messy!

-Yeah!

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-What do we think?

-Where do you reckon this one, Harry?

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That looks like a tug boat.

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It does look a little bit like a boat. Beep-beep.

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Point this way a bit.

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A bit more.

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Yeah. Maybe pull it forward a bit.

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That's good, that's good. Whoa!

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-Perfect.

-Nice.

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Yeah.

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Right, I'm going to leave you to get on.

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-All right, cool.

-It's your baby, isn't it?

-Too right!

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As the ground needs to be prepped first,

0:30:430:30:46

David sprays around the planters so he knows where to put them back...

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..but the team's carpentry talents are needed again.

0:30:510:30:54

The boys want to add a bespoke bench at the top end of the decking area.

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We've decided to go with scaffolding board to top the bench -

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and these aren't very cheap.

0:31:020:31:04

They're about £15, £16 per scaffolding board -

0:31:040:31:07

but what they are, is they're very durable and very tough,

0:31:070:31:10

and it's going to make a great finish to the top of this bench.

0:31:100:31:13

With the bench top on, Harry just needs to sand it down.

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The sanding will not only make the timber smoother

0:31:230:31:26

and more comfortable to sit on,

0:31:260:31:28

it will also stop anyone from getting a nasty splinter.

0:31:280:31:31

When it came to choosing a design,

0:31:370:31:39

one of the deciders for Will was the idea of a hops wall

0:31:390:31:42

on the side of the decking...

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..and the spare chicken wire is ideal for the job.

0:31:450:31:48

This is a really simple structure for climbers.

0:31:510:31:54

You could grow anything up here.

0:31:540:31:55

If you're short on space, it's a great way to create a screen.

0:31:550:32:00

We're going to grow the hops up here,

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because Will's really into his beer-making

0:32:020:32:04

and growing his own hops.

0:32:040:32:06

-Won't get that back out, will they?

-Perfect.

0:32:160:32:18

Charlie is keen to recycle Will's existing plant.

0:32:180:32:22

This is Will's hops.

0:32:240:32:26

He was growing it in a container,

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which - it'll do OK, but it'll be much happier,

0:32:280:32:30

much easier to look after in the ground.

0:32:300:32:33

It will look after itself and he won't have to feed it.

0:32:330:32:36

The great thing about hops is they're self-twining,

0:32:360:32:39

so they'll just scrabble up the post.

0:32:390:32:42

If you buy hops at a garden centre, if it's not in a pot,

0:32:420:32:45

it could just be a bare root and it looks like a little wizened twig.

0:32:450:32:49

Don't worry, it grows like mad.

0:32:490:32:51

It does really well.

0:32:510:32:53

So this hops is well-established.

0:32:530:32:56

You can get a kilo of hops off of an established plant

0:32:560:33:01

which can make up to 400 pints of beer.

0:33:010:33:06

So, that should keep Will very busy.

0:33:060:33:10

But as well as keeping this family lubricated and well fed,

0:33:110:33:15

the boys also want the garden to look stunning -

0:33:150:33:18

and now the landscaping is in,

0:33:180:33:19

it's time to place the feature trees.

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Four large silver birch trees

0:33:230:33:24

not only provide instant height and structure,

0:33:240:33:27

they also perfectly complement the brothers' design scheme.

0:33:270:33:30

-Lovely, right.

-See what that looks like.

0:33:320:33:35

Lovely.

0:33:400:33:42

Gorgeous tree.

0:33:420:33:44

-Nice and feathered, isn't it?

-Yeah.

0:33:440:33:46

Yeah, really nice and natural.

0:33:460:33:48

It'll be nice because it'll give a little bit of dappled shade,

0:33:480:33:51

but not actually dominate the space too much.

0:33:510:33:53

When looking round Will and Kate's home,

0:33:540:33:56

it became apparent they're into that Scandi design

0:33:560:33:59

and I think a birch suits that perfectly.

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Native to Britain, they're also native to Scandinavia.

0:34:000:34:03

They've got some gorgeous natural qualities.

0:34:030:34:05

They've got a rustic bark, and this one hasn't been manicured at all.

0:34:050:34:08

It's nice and feathered. It's got all its branches on,

0:34:080:34:10

and it will give a lovely, dappled shade over the deck.

0:34:100:34:13

Now it's just the planting to go.

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This is Molinia transparent.

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It's a beautiful grass,

0:34:340:34:35

and we're using it in this garden for a few reasons.

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One is, it holds its form late into the year,

0:34:380:34:40

so it's gorgeous for an autumn-feeling garden.

0:34:400:34:43

It has this lovely bronze colour, and planting it close to the deck,

0:34:430:34:47

you walk past it, you touch it, it's just a brilliant tactile plant.

0:34:470:34:50

And the Rich brothers haven't forgotten

0:34:530:34:55

about Will's New Zealand heritage, either.

0:34:550:34:58

When you think of New Zealand, you think of ferns.

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Lush, green countryside.

0:35:040:35:06

Ferns normally like a nice, moist situation

0:35:070:35:10

but lady fern is quite forgiving.

0:35:100:35:13

If you get it established it'll put up with slightly drier conditions...

0:35:130:35:17

..and dependent on where you are in the UK,

0:35:180:35:21

they'll be evergreen, or semi evergreen.

0:35:210:35:25

These ones down here, because we're down south,

0:35:250:35:27

will probably be semi evergreen through the winter.

0:35:270:35:30

Keeping with the Scandinavian theme,

0:35:350:35:37

we wanted to keep the planting very naturalistic,

0:35:370:35:39

so we've got a mix of structural grasses,

0:35:390:35:42

soft perennials and also fruit bushes,

0:35:420:35:44

so there's a sense of it kind of taking over

0:35:440:35:47

and filling out this deck space.

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It's this mix that will really give them the sense

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of being in their own little wilderness.

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One of will and Kate's main priorities for this garden

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was having somewhere to grow herbs and vegetables...

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..so Charlie and David are planting up the new raised beds,

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and within a few months there will be a bounty of produce.

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Raised beds like this are great for growing vegetables in -

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and you can actually get a lot off quite a small space.

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We've mixed in some herbs with the vegetables.

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Basically, herbs flower so they attract lots of beneficial insects

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like hover flies, which will eat the pests

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that you might get on your vegetables.

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I'm planting some broad beans here.

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Two at a time, so that if one doesn't germinate properly,

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the other one will.

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To really complete the Scandinavian woodland vibe of the decking area,

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the boys have designed their seating bench to double as a log store.

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This garden is nearly complete.

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All that remains is to dust down the couple's log burner

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for a final Scandinavian touch to the deck.

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Before the Garden Rescue team arrived,

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Will and Kate's garden was a cluttered mess.

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With an old shed, unsightly chicken coop

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and a failed veg patch -

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but, most importantly, the unfenced wall was a potential deathtrap

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for their two young boys.

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It was a space that neither parents or children could enjoy.

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Now it's had a £2,500 makeover

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and the Rich brothers have been very clever with the cash

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and transformed the entire garden.

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They spent £260 to create a bespoke fence that made the garden safe

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while also minimising light loss to the lounge below...

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..and the three raised planters,

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which will provide the family with a bounty

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of fresh herbs and vegetables,

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were constructed for just £20 each.

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The low sides of these beds

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are also perfect for encouraging budding young gardeners.

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Bringing some of the country good life to their suburban plot

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was a high priority -

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and, for just £150,

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the boys have given the chickens a large, new run

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which should see them laying happily for many years to come.

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The plant selection was paramount

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to creating a naturalistic vibe in this garden,

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and, to give the space a mix of fruits, ferns and wild flowers,

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the brothers spent a total of £900...

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..including the four large silver birch trees,

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which create an instant woodland effect

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and cost just £60 each...

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..and, finally, the large deck area,

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made out of sustainable British timber,

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that gives the garden that all-important Scandinavian vibe,

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was constructed for £1,100...

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..complete with a seating bench and a log store.

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Will and Kate wanted an eco-friendly family garden

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that would provide produce for their kitchen

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and still have room for entertaining -

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but, most importantly, it needed to be safe for their two young boys.

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It's time to find out if the Rich brothers were up to the task.

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Stay there, guys.

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I'm going to come round here, as well.

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OK, open your eyes and have a look at your garden.

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-Wow!

-Wow!

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-Oh, my God!

-It's awesome!

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That's a good reaction!

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It's great. Look at the deck, Kate.

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That's a beautiful deck.

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I'm loving that seat down the back, as well.

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-Yeah?

-That is perfect.

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-Really good.

-Wow.

-Do you think it has a slight Scandinavian...?

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Definitely, yeah. With - it's birch trees, isn't it?

0:40:020:40:06

-Yes, yeah.

-Amazing.

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We've got your fire going, as well.

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Very snuggly with that fire going up on the deck.

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-Brilliant.

-That's amazing.

-Look at the chickens!

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Yeah, wow, look at that. A home away from home for the chickens!

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WILL CHUCKLES

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-Look at this.

-There's a few things planted in here.

-Hi, ladies.

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Yeah, this is amazing.

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The fence is perfect.

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-Yeah, of course, the fence, as well.

-Absolutely perfect.

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Robust enough if the kids are going to bounce off it,

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but you can still see everything. Yeah, it's brilliant.

0:40:310:40:34

-Really, really good.

-Shall we show you some more?

-Yes, please.

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And then here we've got the little vegetable beds, as well.

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Some herbs and some broad beans in there, as well.

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-KATE:

-OK, fantastic.

-Loads of produce, loads of things.

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And the... That looks brilliant.

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-Yeah, that is the hops frame.

-Cool.

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So the hops will climb up the beam and across,

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and then you'll have a lovely, green wall.

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-Amazing.

-Yeah. That's lovely, isn't it?

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I'm just imagining the smell of hops in autumn.

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-So relaxed out here, you'll be like, "Whoo...!"

-Yeah, exactly.

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It's all mixed in with the planting, so it has that lovely, wild theme.

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Yeah.

0:41:080:41:10

Are we all taking a seat. Look at that.

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-Wow.

-It looks lovely.

-How do you feel?

-Good.

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There's only one thing wrong with this picture -

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an empty hand!

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Yeah, it's great to have your vision of what this could become.

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Is it like the visual? Is it...?

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100%, yes.

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-Definitely.

-Oh, better!

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Oh, there we are!

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Well, shall we see what the rest of the family think of it?

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Sounds like a plan.

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Will and Kate have spent £2,500 to create a garden

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that would be great for the whole family.

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So, have the Rich brothers delivered?

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-Above and beyond, I think.

-Yeah, definitely.

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If it had cost six times that much money,

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it still would have been worth it.

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So, yeah, definitely. Everybody's worked really, really hard, as well,

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-to get it done, and it's amazing, yeah.

-Yeah.

-Money well spent.

-Yeah.

0:42:040:42:08

-£2,500.

-Yeah.

-Decent sized money,

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but I think to transform a garden like this, I think it's awesome.

0:42:100:42:14

-So you didn't go over budget, then?

-No, definitely not.

-Are you sure?

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You're not fibbing me, boys?

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-We're too good for that, Charlie. Come on.

-Yeah?

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I think the garden meets all expectations, really.

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It's got the safety factor,

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keeping the children away from the steep drop -

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and the rest of it is just breathtaking, really.

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It shows you, with not a vast amount of money,

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how you can use very simple materials

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and make a huge difference to a garden.

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We're certainly going to be inviting people here a lot more,

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I think, now. Definitely now we've got a nice space

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where our kids can have a fun time,

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we can have a fun time and everybody's safe.

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-It's fantastic. Cheers, everybody.

-Cheers!

0:42:510:42:54

-Thanks very much.

-Thanks very much.

0:42:540:42:56

-Thank you for all you've done.

-An absolute pleasure.

0:42:560:42:59

Thank you. Yeah, brilliant, absolutely brilliant.

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Charlie Dimmock and the Rich brothers compete to design a £2,500 eco-friendly garden for a young family in Whitchurch. They need to design a productive garden with space to entertain and must tackle a treacherous two-metre drop.


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