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The Millers Tale

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Your garden is as rife with beasties as any Tropical Rainforest. They may not be as spectacular (or intimidating) as a silently prowling Jaguar or screech their presence as loudly as a rainbow splodged Macaw but they are there and getting down and grubby in the garden with the children can help you see the natural world in a whole new way. Gardens, be they sizable in acreage or a postage stamp are their own complete eco systems, dependent upon Man to not create dissonance through the indiscriminate use of chemicals and artificial fertilisers. The more naturally you garden, the more you will welcome and enjoy all manner of interesting creatures (and plants)- these simple steps below are perfect for children to join in with too.

1) Build an Insect Hotel

The best bug hotels are made from odd bits and pieces; sawn short bamboo canes, piles of tumbled bricks…

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London-on-Toast

Calm and reassuring, the figure of a circle makes us think of a great big hug, and Georgia Lindsay, a finalist in  the 2014 Grand Designs Garden Design competition, created a garden full of them. We met the London-based designer during a family day out to the Grand Designs show last Spring and instantly knew we had to help her show it off!

Action man A gorgeous metal swing seat designed by Steve Myburgh (Myburgh Designs) provides comfortable and playful respite from all the action in the garden. Artificial turf is used throughout. This can be cut in shapes to help form the lids for the tugs and circular play spaces.

The colours and shapes of this wonderfully child friendly space made my children beam, a response Georgia was clearly aiming for:

“The circles were very deliberate. Soft curves seem much friendlier and child orientated than angular lines.” I also was taken…

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