Little Acre Garden Design

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Weeding out the woodland….Failing to Succeed!

As you may recall from my previous post ‘Weeding out the Woodland’– we were attempting to get a handle on the perennial weeds that were dominating our woodland…..thought I’d share with you our results. With a small area of the wood having spent the last 6 months under thick black plastic, we thought it was time to pull it back, give the soil some well needed recovery time and to […]

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The vine…….

You could say that the house at Little Acre upon first impressions is a charming building with a chalet design sat within an enchanting wraparound plot…..that is upon first impressions. The reality is that the house is a 1960s extended chalet bungalow with a somewhat unattractive uPVC front abutted by a flat roofed double garage. This is not however immediately obvious, mainly due to the presence of a wonderfully established […]

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The Rhode to nowhere…

Whilst adding hedgerows, digging ponds, reinvigorating woodlands are all satisfying activities, they are all diversions from the fundamentals here at Little Acre. Although the front garden, paddock, kitchen garden and woodland are relative blank canvases (mass clearance aside), the main garden, in its prime, would have been a lush display of perennials, trees, shrubs and an almost innumerable amount Roses and Rhododendrons. Unfortunately these are all now past their best, […]

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Don’t Fence Me In…

Fences – the one thing Little Acre is not short of is fences! The previous owners dabbled in the world of dog breeding and as such created the garden in such a way that each area could be separated from the other (allowing the dogs to go outside yet be kept apart if required). From above the garden looks like a series of interconnecting lines resembling a complex game of […]

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Seeing the wood for the trees

Living on the edge of the South Downs National Park when you see a woodland you can often be mistaken for thinking its always been there. That the surrounding fields, houses and roads had been carved in and around the trees. So, to find original planting plans and photos for our small section of wood, crafted a mere 25 years ago, was momentarily disarming. (if I’m being totally honest the […]

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