Many of you will have seen the latest episode of the popular ITV series 'Love Your Garden', but did you spot the three items that Robert Hall from GardenSite donated to help transform a Salford garden from wasteland to English cottage garden?
The third episode of Love Your Garden focused the transformation of a former Gurkha soldier's garden in Kent. David Hall saw how a combination of hard and soft landscaping brought a little piece of Nepal to the garden of England.
After Hari Budha Magar trod on a land mine in Afghanistan he lost both legs and inevitably this has made tending and getting around his garden difficult. The garden also lacks privacy and is awkwardly shaped.
One more element to be taken into account is that Hari suffers from post-traumatic stress, so Alan and his team set about creating a tranquil garden that was easy to negotiate and contained many references to his home land.
Take for example the stream that now runs the length of the garden, a crystal clear reminder of the mountain streams that cascade through the Himalayas.
Butyl rubber was used as a waterproofing material. This is long lasting and ideal for the job but not very attractive, so it was only appropriate that stones that could have fallen from a mountain side were laid to hide it from sight.
So that the family could enjoy eating outside, a dining space was created that had a colourful Katmandu street market theme. A pergola was erected over the area and covered with different coloured acrylic panels, this meant that when the sun shone a wonderful kaleidoscope effect appeared below.
Hari's wife needed a quiet place to pray and, with paint and stencils, Rowlinson Haven Arbour was remodelled as brightly coloured prayer house. Perfect to maximize space, this arbour featured at Gardeners' World Live and fits neatly into a corner, providing both shelter and shade.
Finally, a curved bench was installed in a seating area surrounded by rhododendrons and other lush green Himalayan plants, so that Hari could admire the garden, listen to the trickling stream and enjoy his garden's new found tranquillity.
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