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We were invited to join Alan Gardner, ‘The Autistic Gardener’ as he helped reimagine a family garden in Bristol.
Season 2 episode 2, first aired in June 2017 http://www.channel4.com/programmes/the-autistic-gardener .
Alan wanted to theme the garden around Fibinacci spirals. This is the mathematical spiral and pattern that is found all across the natural world.
A quick maths lesson later, and numbers, nature and play found common ground as Oliver designed a brilliant spiral climbing frame and swing. Oliver and Aidy then set to bringing the design to life in our Bolton workshop before transporting the finished pieces down to Bristol for the final installation.
We were invited by The Love Your Garden Team to assist them on the development of a garden in sunny Devon.
The Wood Family have 4 children aged between 4 and 11 years old. Our brief was to create a jungle trail that would grow with the family. It was one of the best projects of all time!
For more information on Alex Wood and his family and ways in which you can help click: http://makingwavesforalex.co.uk/
For more information regarding the show and how you can apply click: http://loveyourgarden2.wordpress.com/
For more infomation regarding Alan Titchmarsh and his other projects click: http://alantitchmarsh.com/
For further information regarding planting with David Domoney click: http://www.daviddomoney.com/
For further information regarding planting and garden design with Katie Rushworth click:http://www.thequeenofspades.com/
David Domoney’s behind the scenes blog: http://www.daviddomoney.com/2014/07/22/love-garden-series-4-episode-5-behind-scenes-photos/
1. We got hold of three tons of Oak and Pine. After we struggled to stand it up Aidy got to work with his chainsaw.
2. Oliver got to work with his trusty bark scraper and began the tedious task of removing all the bark.
3. We wanted to do as much work on the structure in our workshop as possible before transporting it down south (over 300 miles!!)
4. We arrived in Devon got our priorities sorted then went for a necessary surf!
5. We met the team then got cracking.
6. The weather was amazing!
7. The side ginnel was to narrow to bring in the garden goodies so the boat had to be hand balled over the garden wall. Alan Titchmarsh and David Domoney showing off their muscles.
8. David Domoney hiding in the jungle planting describing the texture of our tree stumps.
9. We installed the bespoke handmade rope bridge whilst Frances and Katie planted up around the structure. The little seats really made it!
10. The trail sat perfectly hidden away among bamboo and grasses with a pea gravel surface.
11. With our job complete we thought it right to jump in and offer our services in any other way possible to help push the job on in time for the arrival of Mrs Wood and her 4 children.
12. We made it just in time. The moment when Alan Titchmarsh handed Mrs Wood her garden back was an emotional moment.
George Clarke explores the extraordinary world of small builds, where people turn tiny spaces into the most incredible places to live, work and play. Our work is featured in George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces, Episode 1, on Thursday 5th June 2014 at 8pm. We had a lot fun – as usual – We hope you do watching it!
See a clip from the show:
Four ways to create a magical atmosphere:
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