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Heather Birkett, My Garden (CA10)

Styles: Wildlife, Wildflower, Organic, English cottage, Child friendly, Allotment or vegetable plot

We moved in 4 years ago - first priority was the veg plot. It is 15m x 15m with 4 large square beds. One has permanent planting with a lovely selection of fruit and herbs. Needs some blueberries tho'! In another part of the garden we have added to the existing damsons and apple, with a weeping yellow plum, an edible cherry ( even in Cumbria!) two eating apples and a crasb apple. This is an area I would like to make more wildlife friendly. Immediately in front and behind the house is mainly lawn with peripheral flowerbeds which were v overgrown and are gradually being reclaimed. I have a small greenhouse and dream of having a polytunnel!

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Heather Birkett

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About me
I trained as a Biologist, and then as a secondary school teacher which I loved, but then when kids came along I decided to train in Horticulture, allowing me to work more flexibly around school hours and to be outdoors more! We moved to Cumbria 4 years ago and set up Prospect Planting. The business gradually built up. Currently I work in the gardens of a local Stately home and Acorn Bank, NT. I also have some private customers.

Gardening expertise
Professional

Biggest gardening frustrations
My biggest frustration at the minute is the unavoidable fact that my garden is actually a football pitch for my sons. But one day I will reclaim it!

The gardening project I am currently working on
Several on the boil. One woodland garden, one v large bog garden, a couple of cottage gardens. at home I want to improve provision for wildlife in amongst my fruit trees. And there's a flowerbed I'm itching to dig up and replant with lots of lovely greens

 

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