Exciting times

First uprights and platform taking shape

Work underway at Millington Road Nursery where I’ve redesigned their old playground to create a Woodland Garden. Artisan Structures are hard at work building the treetop lookout that will take the children onto the roof of the bunker where they can get up close to the joy that is the self-seeded wild area on the top. The walkways then carry on to The Nest, a play-space in the trees. Magic!

The beautiful, de-barked chestnut trunks blending in to their new surroundings.

A goodbye and a welcome

Towards the end of last year (after the wettest gardening year in memory) Mike hung up his tools, so this is a little tribute to the person who helped make Willow & Wren a reality. TheĀ gap in postings reflects all my energies going into doing rather than reflecting as I took the business forward solo. “I miss you Mike but I do not envy you your new desk job one iota!”

All those new buds emerging from the soil and seed packets bursting out of their battered old box have me itching to roll up my sleeves after our relaxing break. Christmas is one of the holidays I enjoy most, along with many other gardeners. We’ve worked hard, through all weathers and we feel justified in putting our feet up, drawing round a fire and hibernating for a few days: beds are dug, weeds are sleeping and delicate winter flowers fill the house with their heady scents. Once the Christmas tree is back in the ground though and the baubles wrapped away, I’m eager to be out again. The new year is full of promise and I can’t wait to get back to work.

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