How to create a family friendly wildlife garden

I make no secret of the fact I love gardening and helping local wildlife in my garden. I love that we have hedgehogs, toads, frogs, newts, slow worms, butterflies, bats and bees in the old house garden. I do not use chemicals at all and always try to find other, organic ways to overcome pests or problems.

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Removing the Leylandii in the Old House Garden

We have been busy in the garden since moving in February. The garden hadn’t been touched for years and some of the trees were too big for the garden. Others had been badly managed and were leaning into the neighbours gardens. This meant we couldn’t just prune them so some of them had to come out. The first to go was a huge Leylandii which was over 50 foot high and 20 foot across so it really blocked the view down the garden. It also made that part of the garden dark and gloomy. It was a huge job that we couldn’t do ourselves so we got a friend who happens to be Groundsman who could help us.

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