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Family Garden with Adventure Tower

Family Garden with Adventure Tower

Newly finished garden with lawn and play surface

Newly finished garden with lawn and play surface

This family garden with an adventure tower also has a rubber play surface and lawn area.  A sunny sitting area and a small area for vegetables are reached by stepping stones through a herb lawn. The garden is in Islington and also has high listed walls and trees which must be protected.



Islington Family Garden

Adventure Tower

Bespoke Adventure Tower Design

Adventure tower design

The adventure tower is located around a mature sycamore tree giving it some of the feeling of a tree house. It has two decks, an access ladder and a rope scramble net.  Our bespoke design addressed European safety standards, ease of construction and a pleasing appearance in the garden. Most importantly the children love it!



Bespoke Adventure Tower viewed from Sitting Area

Bespoke adventure tower viewed from sitting area






Play Surface

A recycled rubber surface in two colours gives a safe, bright and well-drained play area close to the house.  It can be used soon after rain and is easily kept clean.

Shady Lawn

The garden is north-facing and shaded by mature trees so is not the best location for a lawn.  We chose a Poa supina grass turf which will tolerate low levels of light, reasonable wear and drought.

Herb Lawn

Herb Lawn - new plants will spread to make a carpet.

Herb Lawn – new plants will spread to make a carpet

Herb lawns are also better in sun.  We chose low growing plants that like shade at the shady end –alchemilla and mitella,  and camomile and thyme at the sunny end.  In the middle, we have a small evergreen geranium.  It is an experiment to see what grows best and can be adapted as needed.

The lawn is crossed by stepping stones from the re-used York stone copings on the previous retaining wall.

Vegetable Gardens

The pleasure of growing vegetables

Diverse selection  of fruit and vegetables

Vegetable and Fruit Display at City Harvest Festival

Vegetable gardens combined with ornamental planting are both practical and attractive. There needn’t be  a large amount of vegetables just enough to manage and to enjoy the better flavour of home produce.   Children love growing food they like to eat and it can be the start of a passion for gardening in later life. 

Leaf and Acre enjoyed the day at the City Harvest Festival at Capel Manor and awarded prizes of a new garden design and planting design to the lucky winners of our competition. The vegetable displays showed just how much pleasure there is in harvesting a                                               huge range of produce from gardens and allotments.


Making the most of space in a small garden

Veg Terrace-Sept 6The patio garden here is the upper part of a long and narrow garden. It benefits from lots of sun.  The design maximises the area for growing vegetables. It includes a mini-greenhouse and modular wall planter. The arch is clothed in a thornless blackberry and leads the way to the lower lawn area with dwarf apple trees. The beds include lavenders, thyme and flowers intermingled with the vegetables and have roses and jasmine on trellis behind them.


Including climbers and flowering plants

American pillar rose and agastache

Agastache and roses make a lovely backdrop to a vegetable border

Climbers such as roses and jasmine look good behind a vegetable border in the garden. Agastache, salvias, rosemary, lavender and thymes are easily combined and bring floral interest before the vegetables mature.




 Protection from pests

Frame with netting to protect vulnerable crops from birds.

Attractive frame with netting to protect vulnerable crops from birds.

Unfortunately, pests often have to be considered to get the best yield from our crops.  This netted area still looks attractive and keeps the pigeons from taking fruit or trampling young crops.  Fine gravel and copper impregnated strip also deters the slugs.




Design solutions

There are many design solutions for vegetable gardens including raised vegetable planters with seating, and arches and pergolas with grapes, fruit, peas and beans.  You may have seen the magnificent examples on a grand scale at the recent ‘Incredibles’ exhibition at Kew Gardens.  Here the formal borders were even planted with colourful vegetables.