Child’s Play

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What makes a garden ‘good for kids’?  This is something I’ve been pondering since becoming a parent almost two years ago.  Disclaimer: this isn’t going to be a post on ten steps to making your garden child friendly.  It’s more of a personal musing on what value our tiny urban garden could have to our little boy.  The received wisdom on designing a garden with kids in mind is focussed on removing hazards, ensuring your child is contained, and finding sympathetic ways of incorporating play equipment into the space.  This all assumes that you have a large enough area to be concerned about these things.  With a garden which is less than 30m² there isn’t enough space for running around and playing games, let alone accommodating swings and trampolines!

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Book Review: Wildlife Gardening

IMG_1764Although I have always enjoyed watching the wildlife that visits our small urban garden, my efforts in terms of deliberately choosing to include particular features for its benefit has, to date, been fairly erratic.  Having followed Kate Bradbury on social media for a while, I was keen to get hold of her new book, Wildlife Gardening for everyone and everything.  This a short review for the interest of those who would like to find out more about gardening for wildlife. Continue reading