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Char­lie Hart’s Skymeadow: the Story of an English Gar­dener is about loss and re­cov­ery

The Simple Things - - | APRIL THINGS -

Char­lie Hart’s garden, Skymeadow, in the East Anglian Pleb val­ley is cut into the side of a hill, and due to a slightly off-kil­ter to­pog­ra­phy has 360-de­gree views of its ru­ral set­ting. It also seems to be float­ing in the air. When he first saw the five-acre field, he was at break­ing point; he was griev­ing the death of his dad and his mother was very ill. The mead­ow­land looked liked hope to him. He be­gan, dig­ging and plan­ning and plant­ing, as a way of off-load­ing overwhelming feel­ings, and cop­ing with his loss. Now the garden has seven “rooms” with the cen­tral one a trib­ute to his par­ents, bright with tulips, for­get-me-nots and roses. ( Con­sta­ble)

By­ron Out­door-In­door bench | £682 Hand­made from teak and ro­bust enough to use out­side. rowe­nand­wren.co.uk

Mr & Mrs Teapot | £120 Cre­ated by a hus­band and wife team. suepryke.com

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