Lady Penelope was borne from an innate love of wildlife and the natural world. It’s almost Nature Conservation Maintenance and Horticultural Maintenance combined. We are passionate about inspiring people to find imaginative and creative ways to welcome more wildlife to their garden and making space for this does not have to be about leaving your garden to run riot and letting the nettles march across your flower borders! This could be as easy as creating a small wildlife pond, or sustainable borders of nectar rich planting, to a larger approach such as wildflower meadows, hedgerow planting, woodland management and wildlife habitats.
Your garden may already be rich in wildlife with firm ecological principles, or you may be operating under a formal Conservation Management Plan, in which case you can trust that we will have the sensitivity and knowledge to manage your garden protecting its long-term success. You may wish to create a Wild Garden, and for these we always say they cannot be ‘maintained’ – the skill of the gardener is to intervene wisely when necessary, understanding placement and opportunity. There is actually lots and lots of work involved in making this type of garden look like no work is done! A great example is Gravetye Manor. In an existing garden, if at first order is not apparent, we never start with destruction – always working with what’s there. There is a switching of roles also between the designer and gardener – whereby the ‘maintenance gardener’ becomes the designer/artist and decision maker.
We can work with you in different ways to suit you and your garden – from an advisory visit to give you the tools to undertake work yourselves, or a full design and build project carried out by our team.
As an aside, we thought it might be handy to define Gardening For Ecology which after all can be a huge topic not easily understood within the confines of a private garden or estate.
“Collins Dictionary simply states:
“… building and tending gardens that enhance rather than harm the environment. Even a relatively small garden is a miniature ecosystem. It includes a surprising diversity of organisms that interact in a myriad of ways”
“Ecology is the study of the relationships between plants, animals, people, and their environment, and the balances between these relationships. When you talk about the ecology of a place, you are referring to the pattern and balance of relationships between plants, animals, people, and the environment in that place”
Here are just some of our wildlife ‘snaps’ caught whilst getting down and dirty in our gardens.