The garden at Manor Farm Road is progressing well…

St Neots Rear Garden

The garden aims to show visitors how they can incorporate wildlife into an ordinary back garden. The variety of shrubs provide protection, nesting sites, food sources, flowers to provide nectar and pollen, and have as much in bloom throughout the year to encourage as wide a variety of birds, butterflies, insects and mammals to visit our garden

Plants have been sourced as locally as possible, many have been divided and nurtured from the gardens of those that have been involved in the project.
Bird boxes, log piles, a wildlife tower and bee boxes have been installed around the garden to provide much needed shelter and nesting sites for wildlife.

Pond and surrounding shrubs

The existing pond has been revamped into a wonderful haven for wildlife. The gentle gradient at the ponds edge provides many forms of wildlife a place for drinking and bathing.

The surrounding area is planted with groundcover and shrubs giving visiting wildlife protection.

The wooden pergola provides cover for the wheeled bins and a waterbutt for saving much needed rainwater.

The leylandii hedge has been replaced with cotoneaster which can grow on any soil type. Their flowers are particularly attractive to bees, whilst their winter berries are a reliable source of food for wildlife.

A wide range of fruit and vegetables will be grown within the raised beds which have been constructed by reusing concrete edging strips. Cordon fruit trees are tied along stout wires. Cordon trees take up far less space than any other fruit tree form, they are therefore allow you to grow a much larger range of varieties in a restricted space, they are easy to keep in shape and they allow for easy protection, maintenance and picking.
This area also includes a compost bin which no garden should be without.

Circular lawn and seating area

The circular lawn incorporates cowslip, heartsease and birdsfood trefoil which will encourage butterflies.

The gravel seating area is surrounded by a mixed planting of shrubs, herbaceous flowers and bulbs. The bench which was once destined for the tip as been given a new lease of life within our garden.

The garden faces south-west and the generous patio area has been laid with planting pockets for herbs. Climbers have been positioned against the fence and walls to offer fragrance and colour and add that extra touch to the garden.

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