Lucy Cotes' Beautiful Gardens

The Birds and the Bees

This was an exciting project done for Court Lodge Organics in Wartling, East Sussex when they were converting some old pig houses into a self-catering holiday cottage and a rest room for all their yogurt makers. The Harding family were named as the SE regional winner of the RSPB's Nature of Farming Awards last year for the outstanding work they do helping wildlife on their farm. The farm provides habitat for declining and threatened wildlife including lapwings, fen-raft spiders, herons, barn owls, and a range of dragonflies. The Hardings have also planted rare black poplar trees in their woods, and are attempting to recreate an area of reedbed to encourage rare and elusive species like bitterns and marsh harriers. Yellowhammers, linnets and skylarks are found in good numbers on the farm, despite UK populations plummeting by half over the past thirty years. Thus with the Harding's love of wildlife it was an excuse to go with nature and create a hidden away retreat for holiday makers in their self-catering holiday cottage.
Project Year: 2011
Country: United Kingdom
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Before Photo
The site before work began in 2011
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Decking and seating area
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Connected to the paving area outside the french windows are steps leading up to a spacious deck that juts out over the water. It is a magical place to sit and watch the dragonflies, newts and local moorhens that visit the pond. Photography by Tasha Bee - www.tashabee.com
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Country Garden
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Akin to the new vogue of prairie style gardens these rambling borders of herbaceous plants are deliberately random and informal in lay out. Designed to have plants reminiscent of native plants with overlapping flowering periods the beds are designed to give interest throughout the year. The style suits the location as anything too fussy would look out of placed in the rural l...More
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Wildflower Meadows
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Merging the garden with land beyond - one expansive space. Photography by Tasha Bee - www.tashabee.com
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Birds and the bees
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Late in the season. Photography by Tasha Bee - www.tashabee.com
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Time to relax
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At one with nature Photography by Tasha Bee - www.tashabee.com
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Sustainable Country Garden
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Day lilies are a great addition to borders, - I find them tough plants that add colour late in the season when the first cacophony of herbaceous perennials have died back. The wild species are mostly yellow or orange but there are nearly 4000 hybrids. They particularly like heavy moisture retentive soil so you if you have clay go for it. Photography by Tasha Bee - www.tashabee...More
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Materials
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Careful thought was given to the materials in this project. Every garden has a context and needs to be linked to its surroundings. The type of materials used are key to this connection. Wartling is close to the sea and this gravel drive provided yet another habitat for native plants to spread into in a controlled manner. I love moonstone as true to its name it really does refle...More
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Meadows
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Careful thought was given to the materials in this project. Every garden has a context and needs to be linked to its surroundings. The type of materials used are key to this connection. Wartling is close to the sea and this gravel drive provided yet another habitat for native plants to spread into in a controlled manner. I love moonstone as true to its name it really does refle...More
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The birds and the bees
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Careful thought was given to the materials in this project. Every garden has a context and needs to be linked to its surroundings. The type of materials used are key to this connection. Wartling is close to the sea and this gravel drive provided yet another habitat for native plants to spread into in a controlled manner. I love moonstone as true to its name it really does refle...More
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At one with nature
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Upcycling
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Feeding the birds
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