Do you need some expert advice on how to transform your garden or green space into the wildlife-friendly haven of your dreams? Maybe you are a potential backyard farmer but don’t know where to start? Perhaps you want the best of both these worlds? Get it touch to discuss how we can help.
This new service caters for households, community groups in need of support to realise a project, and organisations that want to improve the biodiversity and fruitfulness of their land.
Regather's garden design service brings ecological planting and practical approaches to food production together. Whether you are thinking of growing your own vegetables, planting fruit trees, building a pond or making a meadow, we can show you how to combine the elements that create a vibrant and biodiverse garden or green space.
Our garden designer arranges to visit your garden and provides a verbal consultation, where you take the notes. A printed base map of your garden is provided for this purpose.
Got questions about problem weeds? Want to know the best spot to plant a tree? Need advice on where to put a pond?
The duration of each visit depends on garden size and complexity, although the average time is 90 minutes. An hour is the minimum.
Within this package you will receive our ’Essential Plants’ list, of tried and tested low-maintenance food and wildlife plants. With 70+ plants selected for shade or sun, wet or dry soil, and prioritising native species, this list will help you get your garden project off to a great start.
Garden consultation price: £40 for the first hour, £30 thereafter.
Simple Garden Design
Our designer walks with you around your garden, discussing your needs, what you want to achieve and what is possible.
A typical visit is around 90 minutes long, although it depends on garden size and the nature of the project.
At this stage a draft plan is produced, based upon a site survey that takes lighting and other conditions into account. This is then interpreted into a simple garden plan, which will include the following elements:
- planting mixes by area
- spot planting: trees & shrubs
- ponds, new structures, raised beds & more…
Plus you will receive a copy of our ’Essential Plants’ list.
Garden design pricing is based on garden size:
- £200 for up to 100m2
- £235 / 200m2
- £270 / 300m2
- £320 / 400m2
- £365 / 500m2
For larger plots get in touch for a quote.
Tailored Garden Design
This service has been developed for schools, community groups and other organisations who have land but need advice before they realise their gardening ambitions.
Includes standard elements from the Simple Garden Design package, plus options for:
- detailed planting plans with exact positions
- crop rotation plans
- maintenance schedules
- plant uses/description tables
- practical planting workshops
As this is a bespoke service that is designed to meet specific requirements. For a quote. please get in touch, using the form below.
Meet our garden designer
Fran's speciality is ecological design and landscape management, meaning that she is capable of working at all scales: from back gardens to public parks. Having designed two community growing spaces, for Kenwood Community Growers and for Food Works, Fran is well versed in getting the maximum potential from the land.
Fran combines in-depth plant knowledge, including how wildlife interacts with different species, with practically-focused design. This approach will help you to get the most out of your plot, whatever its size.
Area of service coverage
If your garden or project lies within four miles of the city centre, then mileage is included in the price.
We do serve areas beyond this boundary, however mileage will be charged for each mile outside the service area. This is to reflect both the additional travel time and increasing cost of fuel.
Other examples of our garden designers work
Israac Somali Centre planters
Israac is located on a busy junction of Cemetery Road. Where better to install some edible raised beds for engaging passersby with the idea of food in urban landscapes?
This was a design and build project created through Regather's community gardening volunteer sessions that took place in 2021. Read more on Israac here.
This was a design and build project created through Regather's community gardening volunteer sessions that took place in 2021.
Read more on Israac here.
Food Works farm
The farm is a large allotment-sized plot at Green Estate on The Manor. It produces nature-friendly food for use in Food Works' community kitchens.
In the space of just under a year, this volunteer-powered project went from weed-covered patch to a high-yielding plot using a crop rotation system. The 2021 total yield was 830kg!
Read more about the farm here.
Pond making workshop
Heeley and Meersbrook Allotment Society commissioned a hands-on practical wildlife pond building workshop.
The pond was designed following criteria that make it suitable for hibernating frogs. Selected plants were all native species suitable for a small low-maintenance pond.