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THE SECRET GARDEN IN MILL HILL

I have been acting as a sort of custodian for this rather special garden in Mill Hill, London NW7. The garden has a very magical quality to it which the owner is keen to keep and enhance – a kind of secret garden with interesting things hidden that you don’t notice at first.

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I have been keeping the lovely clipped structure in the garden whilst waiting for Planning Permission for development. Since the initial renovation schemes were drawn up, a small village has been built on the other side of the road severely compromising privacy both within the house and garden. And furthermore, the dreaded Honey Fungus has ravished its way through the garden leaving a trail of dead trees and shrubs.

On to happier times when my client and I visited Majestic Trees to select some screening for a raised bed on the patio.

 

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Trees selected and reserved – mega planting day on 3& 4 November.

 

TREE PLANTING DAYS – Nov 2015
3rd and 4th November were exciting days for phase one of this garden. The garden is now a working construction site for the renovation works to the house so close negotiations with the site foreman and architect were crucial to the success of the tree planting.

Majestic Trees were appointed to supply and plant 5 Quercus ilex, 1 Parrotia persica and 1 Gleditsia. All these trees were craned over the boundary wall as they were too large to be man handled. This is a living screen to the housing estate opposite.

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The planting took two days to complete but the houses are now hardly visible and the adjoining patio area feels enclosed and private.

Photography courtesy of Simon Bourne

 

REMOVAL OF THE CONIFER – Dec 2015

I am always sad to removed trees from gardens but sometimes it is necessary. This conifer was very close to the house and the roots were damaging the house foundations and had already damaged the surrounding retaining walls. Due to bad pruning it was leaning badly in the direction of a road – all in all it had to go. However, my client did not wish to simply remove the tree, chip it and send it off to landfill so we contacted TreePirates who made some garden furniture for us from the trunk.

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