DesignWild was recently commissioned by the RSPB to design a large garden in Flatford, Suffolk. The garden draws inspiration from the landscape along the River Stour with the inclusion of pollarded and coppiced trees and wetland and meadow planting. Through detailed design we demonstrate how people can encourage wildlife into their own gardens. One of the most important ways of providing habitats for wildlife is to ensure that you have layers of planting - trees, shrubs and ground cover. For the RSPB we have planted trees with early spring blossom for insects and autumn berries for birds. There is a curving hornbeam hedge and abundant flowering plants and shrubs. Early and late flowering plants are especially useful for bees and naturalistic plantings can include non-native varieties to help extend the season. It is possible to include these elements when designing even the smallest domestic garden.
The wildlife garden is open to the public throughout the year and entry is free. For more information see the RSPB website.