Q How can I gain pri­vacy with­out ru­in­ing my views?

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Slat­ted screens, hedges and trans­par­ent grasses keep an open out­look, says Dawn Isaac

WE MIGHT LOVE our neigh­bours and en­joy chat­ting with them, but none of us wants to feel we’re on show the mo­ment we set foot in our gar­den. Yet at the same time, if you have a lovely view, or much-needed light, erect­ing high walls would rob you of these delights. For­tu­nately, there are plenty of de­signer tricks to cre­ate a sense of pri­vacy with­out feel­ing like you’re trapped in Colditz. Plant­ing can cre­ate en­clo­sures and screen­ing as well as adding colour and form, and even fil­ter­ing out some wind. Struc­tures and clipped top­i­ary help di­rect and dis­tract pry­ing eyes while well-placed bound­ary fea­tures add to a sense of se­cu­rity.

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