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With her can-do attitude, love of simple gardens
and decades of experience,
Charlie Dimmock is one of Britain's best-loved gardeners...
Looking good, boys!
..but the new kids on the gardening block are the Rich brothers.
We want to be the brothers
that change people's perceptions of gardens.
Winners of multiple medals at the Chelsea Flower Show...
-Oh, look at it turn.
-Wow, it's amazing, isn't it?
..the boys have become known for their dramatic outdoor spaces.
Now these two different generations of gardening are going head-to-head.
I know they've got a gold medal, but I can come up with a few ideas.
They're meeting frustrated garden owners across the country...
Not a lot going on, is there?
Not a lot!
I don't know what to do with it.
..and will each pitch them a design, based on their needs...
Oh, that sounds amazing.
It doesn't look like it could be our garden.
..brings their design to life...
Hold on, hold on.
Sweet as a nut.
..and the loser has to help them build it.
Keep working, keep working, boy!
Whoa, whoa, whoa, easy!
This is what happens...
Just get on with it, sometime today would be good!
..when different styles collide...
I think your brother's throwing the toys out of his pram.
Right, are we doing this?
..to turn garden dreams into reality.
-Open your eyes.
Oh, it's lovely!
Look at that!
Wow! It's not our garden!
It's time for Charlie and the Rich brothers
to find out today's garden challenge.
This is Will and Kate and their two boys from Hampshire,
and they want this usable, family friendly space.
-What do you think, Ruben?
Will and Kate met 12 years ago in London.
They bonded over a love of travel,
and then spent eight years travelling the world,
living in as many countries as possible.
But 18 months ago, they decided to put down roots in Whitchurch
and start a family.
So we bought this house last year,
and before that we were living in New Zealand for a while
and Canada and Ireland.
Will being from New Zealand and me from the UK,
we decided to come back, really, to have a family,
and lean on the support of our family, my family, as well,
to help with that.
Is that a teeny, tiny one, there?
Whilst travelling, the couple spent time
in some of the most beautiful environments in the world,
and want a garden that reflects their passion for nature.
I guess we do consider ourselves to be quite eco-friendly,
so we try and encourage that in the children, as well,
just going out and about and giving them fresh air,
so they actually understand what the environment's about.
An eco-friendly garden is well within our designers' remit
but there is a rather large problem with this plot
that will need to be solved first.
I'll show you the garden next.
Oh, what does that mean?
My goodness, look at that drop!
-It's like a cliff.
-You wouldn't let your children out in that.
And there's barely a fence there, as well, is there?
-Safety is a massive part, especially with two young boys.
When you've got a toddler and a baby, yes,
it's not very safe for them to be out here,
so we've got temporary fencing up.
One of our high priorities is to put proper fencing up
to make it nice and safe for them.
The difference between the plot and the house is huge -
a vertiginous 1.8 metre drop,
but that hasn't deterred Will from having a go.
What I have done in the garden so far
is I have tried to create a vegetable patch,
which was partly successful, partly failed,
but I managed to prioritise the chicken coop
over some of the interior redecorating of the house,
much to my wife's disgust!
This bizarre back yard
may be the last place you'd expect to find a good life garden,
but this is a couple who clearly want their plot
to reflect their values...
..but, having bought their new house,
they have limited resources to spend.
So, the budget for our garden is £2,500.
It's not a huge amount of money but it's not a big garden,
so I think if it's spent wisely, and the designs are good,
then I think they can really do a lot with the space.
I think a lot of it is going to go on this fence,
making something which looks great and is also very safe.
Yeah, so, basically, we're going to spend most of the budget on that,
so we're going to have to be quite creative with what's left
to give them a garden that they really like.
Thinking caps on.
£2,500 is still a good chunk of money,
but with safety the main concern in this garden,
our designers are going to have to be clever with the cash
if they also want to give the couple
the eco-friendly country lifestyle garden they're hoping for.
With this garden posing so many structural problems,
the next task for our intrepid designers is to make a site visit.
So, they're heading to Whitchurch
to see if that drop is as scary as it looks.
My goodness me.
What have you noticed there, Charlie?
That's a long way down!
That's the biggest drop I've ever seen, without a fence.
But, look - sunshine pouring in there, lovely sun trap,
-that's got to be good.
-Very good for the veggies.
-Veggies, fruit, sunflowers.
-Chickens enjoying themselves.
Yep. Mooching around.
It's quite cluttered at the moment, so get rid of that clutter.
-Ideas budding already, look at that,
look at that. What are you thinking?
You're going to get more inspiration from inside, are you?
You seem to know us well, yeah.
We're going to head upstairs, put the kettle on.
-Careful of the steps, boys.
-Oh, cheers, Mum.
There is a lot going on in the garden,
and the boys are keen to see if inside the house is the same.
Oh, this is like a completely different feeling, isn't it?
Yeah, this is lovely.
I'm initially thinking, considering they like eco-friendliness,
the sustainability thing,
I'd expect it to be more rustic and organic, but it's not at all, is it?
-It's got that kind of Scandi, modern, clean feeling.
Yeah, quite minimal, with the Scandinavian design.
While outside, Charlie's finding out
what the couple's horticultural priorities really are.
I notice there's lots of vegetables and fruit and herbs about.
Are you into that side of things?
Yes, definitely. I love to be able to walk out into the back yard,
just pick fresh herbs to cook with, but also I grow my own hops,
so I brew my own gluten-free beer.
Is it good beer, is it nice?
Don't sell it too much, there, Kate, will you?!
Yes, it's lovely!
I was thinking the wall actually looks quite nice -
you've got the trailers coming down, that's quite cool.
When we're putting up that fence there for safety,
you don't want it to block out the light.
-What are you thinking?
I don't know, I quite like the whole use of wood,
so I think maybe that would be nice.
Do you entertain much out in the garden?
Yeah, we definitely do. We love having people over and cooking,
both of us, and because we're doing the house up,
it would be nice to have an outdoor space
where we can have people come and hang out here.
The team certainly have a challenge on their hands here.
Kate and Will not only want a garden to provide produce for the family,
they also want entertaining space,
and they need that huge drop safely fenced,
without blocking all the light from the lounge.
The designers are going to have to be super savvy with that £2,500.
So, Charlie and the Rich brothers waste no time
and start brainstorming ideas.
Each of them will come up with a design
that matches Kate and Will's style and their budget.
Their £2,500 will be used to cover the cost of the materials
for their new garden,
while the labour will be supplied by Charlie, the Rich brothers,
and their team of landscapers.
Once they've presented their designs,
the couple will then choose a winner,
and whoever loses will have to help the winner build the garden.
It's time for the big pitch.
-Here they come.
-Oh, here we go!
Charlie has seen that Will loves the idea of a working garden,
one that supplies veg for the larder and beer for the fridge,
while the boys have seen that Kate has a taste
for modern Scandinavian design -
but whichever direction they choose,
they first have to deal with that drop.
We wanted to create a really smart looking fence,
-so, horizontal slatted, quite thin wood.
So we were going to start staggering the gaps,
so they get bigger as it goes up.
Down the bottom, for the guys,
they won't be able to crawl through anything,
it's nice and safe, that's paramount.
But as it gets to the top, the gaps open up,
so you'd still be able to see out as well...
-..but it'll just keep that light coming through.
To make this safe,
I have run a very simple fence all the way round,
which is tightened wires so they're close together lower down
and then more spaced out,
so it means it won't shade your windows.
-But it will also give you a great place during the summer
to grow golden hops and some normal hops over it.
Clearly influenced by the Scandi interior,
the boys have gone for a slatted wooden boundary,
but Charlie's wire fence will let more light into the house,
and create additional growing space.
Can the boys bounce back?
-We wanted to give you some bespoke raised beds.
We know you love growing your veg.
We wanted to put that in a bit more of a designer,
so not your ordinary ones, a bit more irregular shapes,
but enough space for you to grow some veg.
And then, also, we know you love your hops.
-Yes, I do.
-So, that was high importance.
On this side here, what we've done is we've put some uprights,
and then we've got some netting in between,
and that's a framework so you can grow your hops...
-..and amongst your seating area, so, you know,
you can be having a beer but keeping an eye on the hops
-to make sure it's growing well.
-Perfect, I like it!
So we've got some raised beds here and here.
Mainly herbs in this one.
And because your garden is so nice and warm,
I thought it'd be really good fun to have, in amongst the plants,
some New Zealand plants, so maybe a pohutukawa...
and tea tree or manuka, leptospermum,
-because that's a real sun trap there...
..and that will give you a bit more glam to your patio area.
Well, the boys are definitely ticking all the right boxes,
but Charlie's beautiful New Zealand plant selection
was a real tug at Will's heartstrings.
The couple want their kids to enjoy the garden, too,
and both designers have come up with a solution.
We had a little look in the house,
and it almost has like a Scandinavian feel,
with the kind of furniture and the nice, wooden floor.
So that's something we wanted to pull out and put in the garden.
So we have a large deck which is going to create the feature
within the garden. It's very usable.
It's very warm. It's got a lovely little bespoke bench, here.
We've gone and put a lovely little tree inside the middle of the deck.
We thought, it's quite nice to bring the garden in.
It'll be really clean, quite crisp, in a way,
coming out of the deck, so that'll be really cool.
The boys have really nailed the Scandinavian vibe
with their modern decking, complete with a feature tree.
Will Charlie be able to match it?
We've got your patio, barbecue area here
and then this area is a raised bed with a pond in it.
The bed is high enough that the children can get their hands in it
but they won't be able to fall into it.
We are going to put a little solar powered pump in here,
so the panels pop up on there
-and then we can grow watercress in there.
A patio and an eco-friendly solar-powered water feature.
Has this tipped the scales in Charlie's favour?
Right, thank you.
With the pitches over,
Will and Kate have a tough decision on their hands -
and they can only pick one design.
It's... I love the fact that we've got the solar panels
-on the roof of the shed. That's really sympathetic, isn't it?
So they loved the water feature, solar powered,
running water through a pool with watercress.
-You always have water, don't you?
-The wildlife theme.
-We haven't put water in ours, have we?
-Where did you get that idea from?
Well, you've got to have water there for the wildlife.
The trees, it does sort of break up,
it screens the garden a little bit, as well,
and just breaks up the garden,
gives it a little bit more height, a bit more interest, I think.
I like how the Rich brothers have used the more sympathetic,
I have to say, it's difficult.
You think, "They'll like that, like that, like that,"
but now that I've spoken to you, I'm like, "Hmm..."
Well, you just never know, do you?
So what I do like about Charlie's design
is it brings some native New Zealand plants into the mix.
-It'll be nice to see some pohutukawa in there.
Yeah, it's a spectacular flower during summer, isn't it?
Will they be won over by the boys' simple lines,
bespoke planters and use of natural wood throughout...
or will Charlie's clever fence,
New Zealand plants and eco-water feature swing the vote?
They can only pick one.
So...who's it going to be?
Well, thank you very much for all the effort you put in
to listening to the brief with both of your designs -
but the one we've decided to go with is...
What a decision.
What is it that, you know, swayed you?
I think, with this one,
there's more space in and the back here, I think.
And I liked how the trees gave different proportion, as well,
and broke up the space, too, and the established trees, also.
It looked like Charlie had nailed it -
but, against the odds, the boys have prevailed...
..but they have promised the couple a lot for their £2,500
and this is the trickiest plot
the Garden Rescue team have ever tackled.
It's going to take all our gardeners' talents to pull it off.
It's day one of the build in Whitchurch,
and while the Rich brothers are away working at the finer details
of their eco-friendly design...
Paul and his crack team of landscapers...
..make a start on the garden.
A lot of the garden needs to be cleared
to make space for the new features...
..and that means it's curtains for Will and Kate's old shed.
First thing, all of us round that side...
Flat pack it, straight down the bank, done.
But another feature in the garden needs more careful handling.
She's not happy!
Go on, go on, then.
There you go, chooks, there you are, safe and sound.
Chicken run cleaned...
There's some eggs, there.
..and it looks like the hens have been laying.
Wait, wait, wait... I've got my gloves on. Wait, wait, wait.
That's how to make an omelette.
Fun and games over,
the team need to crack on
and make a start on creating the family living area.
The Rich brothers are planning to sink the deck into the ground,
minimising the need for steps and creating a neat, clean look.
Yeah, that's good.
Central to the Rich brothers' design are four large feature trees,
one of which is integrated into the decking area,
and that means it needs to be planted first.
Right, we've got this tree, a nice betula behind me,
that's got to go in the deck
and what you need to do is put it in before you get all the framework in,
because once the framework's in, that's it.
The deck boards go down and it's game over.
The garden's progressing well,
and it's not long before Charlie and the Rich brothers arrive -
and David has the perfect job for Charlie's creative talents.
This is a small garden, a low budget, but there's a lot going on.
-We've got plenty to do today.
-Lots of wood.
-Oh, OK. All right.
-Are you ready?
-I think so.
The chickens. That's the bit that wasn't really in our design.
We knew it wanted to be there but there's no design to it.
-So, absolute free rein.
-Oh, I can go mad.
-Paint it red if you want.
-But there's no budget.
Me and Harry, we're on things like the bench,
a nice bespoke bench with logs underneath it.
Containers for the raised beds, with the veg growing in it,
then obviously planting.
So you think, "Oh, it's a small garden,
"it'll be really quick and easy."
-We'll be like this.
-Get out my way, you're in my chicken run!
Right, on that bombshell, let's crack on.
Oh, dear. Don't give up the day job, eh?
Making the garden safe for their two young children
was Will and Kate's number one concern.
The first task for the boys
is getting the fence posts in the ground...
..while Charlie is making room for her new chicken run,
which means the compost bin needs a new home.
I'm repositioning Kate and Will's compost bin.
They had it tucked right under the hedge.
You can see why, because they are not a thing of beauty.
But, by having it in a shady place,
it means that the compost doesn't actually rot down so quickly.
So this is away from the patio area, so there won't be the smell,
but also the sun rises over there,
so it'll get nice and warm,
so it'll make everything rot down much more quickly.
Will and Kate are keen to grow their own fruit and veg in the new garden,
so a good source of compost will be vital.
When it comes to be a vegetable plot,
spreading compost on your garden
is a great way to add nutrients to the soil,
retain moisture and suppress weeds...
..and if you have enough compost or mulch available,
you can actually have an amazing garden
without ever having to pick up a spade again.
No Dig gardening is a technique
that Charles Dowding has been practising in the UK
for over 35 years...
..and he is passionate about soil.
I just love working with soil and with plants.
They're bursting with life.
It's nature's way.
No Dig is about disturbing the soil as little as possible.
So, it's to encourage soil life,
all the organisms in soil to stay intact...
but also feeding them with a mulch of organic matter on the surface.
Compost is the best surface organic mulch you can use.
To make great compost, you want a mixture of green and brown,
roughly half of the brown, which is dry old woody stuff.
That provides carbon and a structure for a heap to add to the green,
which is leafy, lush, nitrogen materials and those two together,
50-50 of each, you will get great compost.
No Dig bed. Let's see what we've got.
There's some very nice carrots there...
and they come out clean, too.
That's the big advantage of growing in the compost - cleaner roots.
When you've got really strong life in the soil,
that helps to keep it open and full of channels for roots
and also full of food for plants.
This bed, every autumn, winter, I dig it, incorporate compost.
This is the traditional digging approach.
I'm simply putting the same amount of compost on top.
This year, so far, the dug bed has given 68 kilos of vegetables.
The No Dig bed has given 74 kilos of vegetables -
and more to come.
Starting with No Dig can be tricky.
One thing you don't need to do is dig -
but you do need to mulch thoroughly.
It's about killing the weeds that are there
so that you've then got clean soil ongoing.
Once you've got through that first year, you're laughing, actually,
and ongoing you have a lot less weeding to do.
You save a lot of time.
The No Dig method that Charles is using
is one of the most eco-friendly styles of gardening you can adopt.
All you need is a plentiful supply of mulch.
Back in Whitchurch,
Will and Kate's Good Life garden is starting to take shape...
..and while the boys wait for the concrete to set
around their fence posts,
Harry decides to finish off the decking.
The Rich brothers are using sustainably harvested British pine
for the deck, which is not only better for the environment,
it's a lot cheaper than imported hardwood alternatives.
And, as you can see, it's quite a large, open space.
Especially with decking, it's lovely to have a point of reference,
or a lovely feature within it.
So we've chosen to put this birch tree,
and that'll link with the other birch trees
in the rest of the garden,
so it's going to be a lovely feature -
and with a bit of underplanting
it's going to connect this whole space together.
Meanwhile, Charlie is powering on with the chicken run.
So the chicken wire's really just to keep the chickens in this area
so they don't plummet off the edge of the wall, there.
When you're keeping chickens, you need to protect them -
so, you need to keep them in, but also keep things out.
You don't want predators getting them, like foxes.
Make sure you've got a good hutch -
which Kate and Will have already got,
so that we'll move that in here
and at night-time you need to put the chickens in
and lock them away safe, because, also, with your hutch,
you want to make sure they've got a raised-up area
to stop rats from getting in, as well.
-Nearly hit his head, then.
With the concrete set,
the boys are ready to start putting the slats on their bespoke fence.
Their plan is to increase the gaps between the slats
as the fence gets higher.
This way, they can minimise the amount of light the fence will block
from the lounge window below while still making the garden super-safe
for Will and Kate's two young boys.
That looks nice, but I can't really see it.
With a customised fence like this,
the only way to know what's going to work is to hold a few of the slats
up and have a look.
Yeah, it'd be nice to get a couple more. Shall we grab Charlie?
-Yeah, go on, then.
-Can we grab you?
Right, if we could put these two together just to give David an idea.
Oh, right. OK.
I'll go this side. I'll be the gent and go down the dangerous side.
A bit higher, Harry, on the top one.
-That looks quite nice.
-And the bottom one?
-Does that look about right?
I think - at that, you can still see a lot.
-It doesn't block out anything. Which is great.
-Thank you, Charlie.
Spacing worked out, the boys can crack on...
..and with such a big drop below,
it's not just children's safety David is concerned about.
We are using laths that are 2 x 1 inch and that's for two reasons.
We want it to be structurally sound when we're attaching it.
The thinner you go the more risk you have of splitting the laths,
so we don't want that. And then also because it's of high importance
for this to be really safe, there's a big drop,
we need it to be really strong so if someone was to fall into it,
between the uprights, we need to make sure
that these laths are going to hold their weight.
All we've got to do now is cut the tops of the post off.
It's a lovely, clean, simple design
that's going to let loads of light through.
I quite like it.
Meanwhile, Charlie's looking at ways to greenify the new chicken run.
Chickens were originally forest animals,
and they are much happier with a few shrubs around...
..but some plants are poisonous to them,
and, as chickens will peck and scratch at everything,
the plants need to be hardy, as well.
So, this one that I'm using
which will put up with the chickens pecking round at the bottom,
is guelder-rose, native to the UK, Europe and most of Asia.
It has good autumn colour, it goes a nice yellow colour,
gets fruit on it, as well, in the autumn,
which bullfinches and mistle thrush love,
and then, in the sort of early summer,
it has big, white heads of flowers,
so it's very attractive and really robust.
And with their new home nearly complete,
it's time to move in the chooks.
OK, you boys - and I mean more than you two -
so, you're going to be the chicken wranglers.
-The chicken wranglers.
-Bring it on.
So, you've got to hold on to them,
because I'm not chasing them up the street!
-Which one have I got?
-You've got the red one.
Oh, you've got the one with the big claws.
-That was very smoothly done, actually.
-You've got one that's a bit more radical.
Oh, don't you rustle, mate.
Take your time. Because I've got a wild animal in my grasp!
We'll take a seat, Charlie, with our new pets.
So this is really wobbly.
I feel like we're bonding.
Up, up, higher, higher, higher and then down, down, down, down.
It's always stressful moving home, anyway.
So, it's relocate chooks.
Chuck 'em in.
Oh, chook 'em in!
-Chuck, chuck, chuck...
-Don't chuck 'em in, gently place.
Reunite. Oh, go on you little...
Oh, chill out.
It means I can then plant up round here.
With the chooks rehoused, Harry carries on with the fence...
..while David makes a start on the raised planters.
An area for growing fruit and veg
was high on the family's shopping list -
and on the boys' design,
the new planters are built from timber decking
so they link with the other features in the garden.
We've built this raised bed two planks high, and that's fine,
because we're going to dig the soil underneath
so it's got a lot more ground to grow into.
With this one we felt that one would be a bit of a trip hazard,
two is perfect, especially because Will and Kate
want to grow some veg with their kids.
Meanwhile, Charlie completes the final section of planting
in the chicken run...
And then the last things to go in, just over here,
is going to be the thyme and the lavender
saved from the border over there
and that will help stop a lot of the flies that tend to congregate
around chicken runs.
Raised planters complete, all David has to do is position them -
but with three designers on hand, it's easier said than done.
I like it. It's nice having three to work with. They're quite small.
-We'll play around with them.
-Yeah, that's gorgeous.
-It's really, really nice.
-And having it at different angles, as well.
-Don't you make my chicken run look messy!
-What do we think?
-Where do you reckon this one, Harry?
That looks like a tug boat.
It does look a little bit like a boat. Beep-beep.
Point this way a bit.
A bit more.
Yeah. Maybe pull it forward a bit.
That's good, that's good. Whoa!
Right, I'm going to leave you to get on.
-All right, cool.
-It's your baby, isn't it?
As the ground needs to be prepped first,
David sprays around the planters so he knows where to put them back...
..but the team's carpentry talents are needed again.
The boys want to add a bespoke bench at the top end of the decking area.
We've decided to go with scaffolding board to top the bench -
and these aren't very cheap.
They're about £15, £16 per scaffolding board -
but what they are, is they're very durable and very tough,
and it's going to make a great finish to the top of this bench.
With the bench top on, Harry just needs to sand it down.
The sanding will not only make the timber smoother
and more comfortable to sit on,
it will also stop anyone from getting a nasty splinter.
When it came to choosing a design,
one of the deciders for Will was the idea of a hops wall
on the side of the decking...
..and the spare chicken wire is ideal for the job.
This is a really simple structure for climbers.
You could grow anything up here.
If you're short on space, it's a great way to create a screen.
We're going to grow the hops up here,
because Will's really into his beer-making
and growing his own hops.
-Won't get that back out, will they?
Charlie is keen to recycle Will's existing plant.
This is Will's hops.
He was growing it in a container,
which - it'll do OK, but it'll be much happier,
much easier to look after in the ground.
It will look after itself and he won't have to feed it.
The great thing about hops is they're self-twining,
so they'll just scrabble up the post.
If you buy hops at a garden centre, if it's not in a pot,
it could just be a bare root and it looks like a little wizened twig.
Don't worry, it grows like mad.
It does really well.
So this hops is well-established.
You can get a kilo of hops off of an established plant
which can make up to 400 pints of beer.
So, that should keep Will very busy.
But as well as keeping this family lubricated and well fed,
the boys also want the garden to look stunning -
and now the landscaping is in,
it's time to place the feature trees.
Four large silver birch trees
not only provide instant height and structure,
they also perfectly complement the brothers' design scheme.
-See what that looks like.
-Nice and feathered, isn't it?
Yeah, really nice and natural.
It'll be nice because it'll give a little bit of dappled shade,
but not actually dominate the space too much.
When looking round Will and Kate's home,
it became apparent they're into that Scandi design
and I think a birch suits that perfectly.
Native to Britain, they're also native to Scandinavia.
They've got some gorgeous natural qualities.
They've got a rustic bark, and this one hasn't been manicured at all.
It's nice and feathered. It's got all its branches on,
and it will give a lovely, dappled shade over the deck.
Now it's just the planting to go.
This is Molinia transparent.
It's a beautiful grass,
and we're using it in this garden for a few reasons.
One is, it holds its form late into the year,
so it's gorgeous for an autumn-feeling garden.
It has this lovely bronze colour, and planting it close to the deck,
you walk past it, you touch it, it's just a brilliant tactile plant.
And the Rich brothers haven't forgotten
about Will's New Zealand heritage, either.
When you think of New Zealand, you think of ferns.
Lush, green countryside.
Ferns normally like a nice, moist situation
but lady fern is quite forgiving.
If you get it established it'll put up with slightly drier conditions...
..and dependent on where you are in the UK,
they'll be evergreen, or semi evergreen.
These ones down here, because we're down south,
will probably be semi evergreen through the winter.
Keeping with the Scandinavian theme,
we wanted to keep the planting very naturalistic,
so we've got a mix of structural grasses,
soft perennials and also fruit bushes,
so there's a sense of it kind of taking over
and filling out this deck space.
It's this mix that will really give them the sense
of being in their own little wilderness.
One of will and Kate's main priorities for this garden
was having somewhere to grow herbs and vegetables...
..so Charlie and David are planting up the new raised beds,
and within a few months there will be a bounty of produce.
Raised beds like this are great for growing vegetables in -
and you can actually get a lot off quite a small space.
We've mixed in some herbs with the vegetables.
Basically, herbs flower so they attract lots of beneficial insects
like hover flies, which will eat the pests
that you might get on your vegetables.
I'm planting some broad beans here.
Two at a time, so that if one doesn't germinate properly,
the other one will.
To really complete the Scandinavian woodland vibe of the decking area,
the boys have designed their seating bench to double as a log store.
This garden is nearly complete.
All that remains is to dust down the couple's log burner
for a final Scandinavian touch to the deck.
Before the Garden Rescue team arrived,
Will and Kate's garden was a cluttered mess.
With an old shed, unsightly chicken coop
and a failed veg patch -
but, most importantly, the unfenced wall was a potential deathtrap
for their two young boys.
It was a space that neither parents or children could enjoy.
Now it's had a £2,500 makeover
and the Rich brothers have been very clever with the cash
and transformed the entire garden.
They spent £260 to create a bespoke fence that made the garden safe
while also minimising light loss to the lounge below...
..and the three raised planters,
which will provide the family with a bounty
of fresh herbs and vegetables,
were constructed for just £20 each.
The low sides of these beds
are also perfect for encouraging budding young gardeners.
Bringing some of the country good life to their suburban plot
was a high priority -
and, for just £150,
the boys have given the chickens a large, new run
which should see them laying happily for many years to come.
The plant selection was paramount
to creating a naturalistic vibe in this garden,
and, to give the space a mix of fruits, ferns and wild flowers,
the brothers spent a total of £900...
..including the four large silver birch trees,
which create an instant woodland effect
and cost just £60 each...
..and, finally, the large deck area,
made out of sustainable British timber,
that gives the garden that all-important Scandinavian vibe,
was constructed for £1,100...
..complete with a seating bench and a log store.
Will and Kate wanted an eco-friendly family garden
that would provide produce for their kitchen
and still have room for entertaining -
but, most importantly, it needed to be safe for their two young boys.
It's time to find out if the Rich brothers were up to the task.
Stay there, guys.
I'm going to come round here, as well.
OK, open your eyes and have a look at your garden.
-Oh, my God!
That's a good reaction!
It's great. Look at the deck, Kate.
That's a beautiful deck.
I'm loving that seat down the back, as well.
-That is perfect.
-Do you think it has a slight Scandinavian...?
Definitely, yeah. With - it's birch trees, isn't it?
We've got your fire going, as well.
Very snuggly with that fire going up on the deck.
-Look at the chickens!
Yeah, wow, look at that. A home away from home for the chickens!
-Look at this.
-There's a few things planted in here.
Yeah, this is amazing.
The fence is perfect.
-Yeah, of course, the fence, as well.
Robust enough if the kids are going to bounce off it,
but you can still see everything. Yeah, it's brilliant.
-Really, really good.
-Shall we show you some more?
And then here we've got the little vegetable beds, as well.
Some herbs and some broad beans in there, as well.
-Loads of produce, loads of things.
And the... That looks brilliant.
-Yeah, that is the hops frame.
So the hops will climb up the beam and across,
and then you'll have a lovely, green wall.
-Yeah. That's lovely, isn't it?
I'm just imagining the smell of hops in autumn.
-So relaxed out here, you'll be like, "Whoo...!"
It's all mixed in with the planting, so it has that lovely, wild theme.
Are we all taking a seat. Look at that.
-It looks lovely.
-How do you feel?
There's only one thing wrong with this picture -
an empty hand!
Yeah, it's great to have your vision of what this could become.
Is it like the visual? Is it...?
Oh, there we are!
Well, shall we see what the rest of the family think of it?
Sounds like a plan.
Will and Kate have spent £2,500 to create a garden
that would be great for the whole family.
So, have the Rich brothers delivered?
-Above and beyond, I think.
If it had cost six times that much money,
it still would have been worth it.
So, yeah, definitely. Everybody's worked really, really hard, as well,
-to get it done, and it's amazing, yeah.
-Money well spent.
-Decent sized money,
but I think to transform a garden like this, I think it's awesome.
-So you didn't go over budget, then?
-No, definitely not.
-Are you sure?
You're not fibbing me, boys?
-We're too good for that, Charlie. Come on.
I think the garden meets all expectations, really.
It's got the safety factor,
keeping the children away from the steep drop -
and the rest of it is just breathtaking, really.
It shows you, with not a vast amount of money,
how you can use very simple materials
and make a huge difference to a garden.
We're certainly going to be inviting people here a lot more,
I think, now. Definitely now we've got a nice space
where our kids can have a fun time,
we can have a fun time and everybody's safe.
-It's fantastic. Cheers, everybody.
-Thanks very much.
-Thanks very much.
-Thank you for all you've done.
-An absolute pleasure.
Thank you. Yeah, brilliant, absolutely brilliant.
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.