LIV­ING THE DREAM

Country Homes & Interiors - - GLOUCESTER­SHIRE FARM BUILDING -

Elle wanted a ru­ral up­bring­ing for her chil­dren, and the gar­den al­lows them to get back to na­ture on their doorstep

What’s in the gar­den that’s ideal for the chil­dren?

‘There’s a veg­etable patch where they can grow and har­vest veg­eta­bles, plus they can lose them­selves in the long grass of the mead­ows, with trees for climb­ing be­yond.’

How do you en­cour­age them out­side?

‘There’s lots of na­ture to watch and learn from, even the bees and in­sects, but we had chick­ens, too, at one point. We also have a huge ta­ble that’s used for eat­ing and craft­ing.’

What has the space meant for your fam­ily?

‘Hav­ing this ex­panse of gar­den gives us so much plea­sure – and al­lows the chil­dren a safe mod­icum of free­dom. Even Martin’s kept happy, hav­ing built his own shed us­ing left­over build­ing ma­te­ri­als from the house.’

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