Gar­den de­signer prac­tises what he preaches at home

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The Coach House, Horse­fair, Bor­ough­bridge. Price: £479,500. Con­tact: Bead­nall Co­p­ley, Ripon. tel: 01765 698 100, www.bead­nall­cop­ AF­TER a busy few days at the York­shire Show, land­scape ar­chi­tect Tom Walker will be able to re­lax in his own gar­den this week­end.

Tom, who works for Gille­spies, led the de­sign team that cre­ated the Wel­come to York­shire Rhubarb, Crum­ble and Cus­tard gar­den that won ap­plause at the York­shire Show this week and was pre­sented with the Peo­ple’s Choice Award (Small Gar­den) and a Sil­ver Medal at the Chelsea Flower Show.

There was no back gar­den, just top soil and a few grass seeds, when Tom and his wife Co­lette bought their newly-con­verted coach house home in Bor­ough­bridge nine years ago.

But it is now a haven set in wood­land with a frame­work of ma­ture and un­usual trees in­clud­ing cedars, hem­lock, oak, sy­camore and red oak.

It in­cludes a seat­ing area with a sculp­tural dry­s­tone wall that acts a key fea­ture and helps re­tain the beds of herba­ceous peren­nial and ex­otic Phormium and Palm plant­ings.

New French doors con­nect in­side and out­side and ex­ten­sive gar­den light­ing gives a dra­matic the­atri­cal ef­fect at night and Tom cre­ated a reed bed fed by rain­wa­ter from the roof.

It is packed with Flag Iris, reeds and two Gunera Man­i­cata.

“The in­spi­ra­tion was to cre­ate a lush oa­sis with plenty of tex­ture and year round in­ter­est, but one that did not re­quire too much main­te­nance.

“We wanted to cre­ate a gar­den that could be used for out­side din­ing in the sum­mer but also a gar­den that looked good dur­ing the long win­ter nights, as the liv­ing room has win­dows on three sides,” says Tom.

“We also wanted to en­cour­age wildlife, use lo­cal nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als and min­imise run off into the drainage sys­tem, as I wanted to prac­tise what I preach in my pro­fes­sional life as a land­scape ar­chi­tect.”

The front gar­den also holds a won­der­ful sur­prise for wouldbe buy­ers. It has a large tree house. In­doors, the coach house has a sit­ting room, din­ing room, break­fast kitchen, cloak­room and util­ity room.

To the first floor there is a mas­ter bed­room with en-suite shower room and walk in wardrobe, to­gether with three fur­ther dou­ble bed­rooms, a sin­gle bed­room and a fam­ily bath­room.

Out­side there is a long sin­gle in­te­gral garage and two gar­den sheds and there is plan­ning per­mis­sion to ex­tend the prop­erty.

The Walk­ers are sell­ing to move to an­other house nearby. “It’s a house that be­longs to our friends and we’ve al­ways ad­mired it, oth­er­wise we wouldn’t move,” says Co­lette.

“This is a lovely place and it’s hid­den away in a tran­quil spot right in the cen­tre of Bor­ough­bridge.”

GREEN OA­SIS: The Coach House at Bor­ough­bridge ben­e­fited from owner Tom Walker’s gar­den de­sign skills.

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