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EXTREME water meadow garden makeover

LoxleyLoxley Posts: 4,115
edited 4 October in Wildlife gardening
These guys turned a modest suburban garden into an amazing ecological water garden

Water meadow gardening | UK Aquatic Plant Society (ukaps.org)

From this:



to this:



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  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 7,747
    Wow that's amazing
    Nowhere to hang the washing now tho  😁
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  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 41,341
    That's exactly what I was thinking @Pete.8!   :D

    Beautiful though.  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • didywdidyw East SuffolkPosts: 1,022
    Wow!  That is amazing!
  • CharlotteFCharlotteF East Surrey, UKPosts: 337
    Wow, that's incredible! I wonder how much water it takes to keep it 'wet' or if it more or less looks after itself once filled. 
  • TopbirdTopbird Posts: 6,549
    That is one amazing make over! Having skimmed through the blog I find it doubly impressive that they only really started constructing this time last year and all the planting has been done since spring this year. Looks like it's been there forever!
    Heaven is ... sitting in the garden with a G&T and a cat while watching the sun go down
  • GwenrGwenr KentPosts: 150
    Bet it's not in the South East, we had ponds and lakes drying up, no way would I want that on my water meter, but it does look impressive.
  • TopbirdTopbird Posts: 6,549
    It's actually 5 or 6 smaller ponds but it's all designed with the board walks to look as though the whole area is one big lake and wetland. Think (may be wrong!) the garden may be somewhere around Bedford / Milton Keynes. The blog is well worth reading.
    Heaven is ... sitting in the garden with a G&T and a cat while watching the sun go down
  • FireFire LondonPosts: 11,581
    Gwenr said:
    Bet it's not in the South East, we had ponds and lakes drying up, no way would I want that on my water meter, but it does look impressive.

    There would be ways of managing it so it shouldn't take a lot of water from the mains, esp if they have good storage systems. They chose a great year to start it in the south - some areas double the average long term average rainfall this year.
  • GwenrGwenr KentPosts: 150
    Fire said:
    Gwenr said:
    Bet it's not in the South East, we had ponds and lakes drying up, no way would I want that on my water meter, but it does look impressive.

    There would be ways of managing it so it shouldn't take a lot of water from the mains, esp if they have good storage systems. They chose a great year to start it in the south - some areas double the average long term average rainfall this year.
    Unfortunately or fortunately depending if you holiday by the sea, we had weeks of no rain at all. We watched as other parts of the country had showers, while our temps sored to the 30s and our poor plants suffered. It does look wonderful, but you need to have deep pockets to achieve such an awesome display, if we ever win the lottery, I know who to contact when I get my 2 acre garden. 
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