Many East London garden designs required some thought. This was no exception. It was already established and structured but did not suit its new owners, who wanted to put more lawn in the space. The family spanned ages from tots to teens and everyone needed to have a say in how the garden was used. A ‘grow your own’ area was important for mum, while the teenagers wanted a space they could retreat to. Mum wanted to ensure provision was made for a den for and yet leave enough space to entertain guests and have alfresco dinners.
In the concept sketch, as with many East London garden designs the whole of the space was thoroughly utilized. It had the outpost positioned at the bottom of the garden which creates a haven for the teens to escape to, while the willow igloo for the toddlers blends sympathetically with the surroundings. Combination planting was key to incorporate fruit and veg, and with the inclusion of two large family spaces we think we ticked all the boxes. A central area comprising a double swing and firepit will appeal to all ages, while a large integrated dining area near the house gives plenty of space for the family (and all their friends) to congregate.