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West Bridgford garden designer to showcase creation at BBC Gardeners’ World

A Nottinghamshire garden designer has been specially selected to showcase his creation at a prestigious horticultural event.

Neil Sutcliffe’s design will be seen by thousands of people at the BBC Gardeners’ World Live show in June.

The designer, of West Bridgford, was invited to enter the competition by the event’s manager.

His design, called Sociability, is part of the show’s new Lifestyle Gardens category and is intended to “wow at the weekend, without the work during the week.”

Neil, who runs West Bridgford-based Creative Roots alongside his father Keith, describes his creation as: “A low maintenance space providing informal areas where cooking, dining and relaxing with friends are combined.

“Using modern materials and features gives a clean, crisp feel to the garden without compromising on the sense that it is still a green space where you can enjoy being outdoors.”

To be in with a chance of winning, Neil submitted a portfolio bursting with his past projects.

He said: “I’d hoped to be chosen to showcase my design, but I didn’t have any expectation, so I was thrilled when I found out as it’s very hard to get a place at such a respected show.”

Jenny Jenner, the show’s manager, said: “Neil demonstrated both excellent quality of finish and maturity of design in his work helping him to secure a much desired spot.

“We look forward to seeing Neil’s design come to life at the show and his future career in garden design and build flourish.”

Sarah Sandys-Renton, of BBC Gardeners’ World Live, added: “Neil’s garden is wonderfully relevant to modern day living. The design brings the garden into centre stage, an integrated part of life at home.”

BBC Gardeners’ World Live will be at the NEC in Birmingham from June 11-14. For more information and to book tickets visit www.bbcgardenersworldlive.com.

Neil’s top tips for summer garden design:

  1. Extend the summer evening without feeling the cold: A fire pit or chimnea is a great addition to an evening in the garden. It provides an interesting focal point and also gives warmth after the sun has set.
  2. Shade sails: Originally from Australia, these sails do a similar job to the standard garden umbrella but are often much bigger and can look great in a modern pergola or between buildings.
  3. Outdoor cooking: While a barbecue on wheels can do the job, for a more adventurous cook there are a lot more opportunities for an outdoor cooking area, such as preparation areas, outdoor fridges, pizza ovens and grills.
  4. Artificial grass: Artificial lawns have come a long way in the last 10 years and it’s sometimes hard to tell the difference these days.
  5. Built in seating: A table and chairs can be easily moved around but for a more permanent and longer-lasting option consider building seating into a raised bed or against a wall to give additional seating for that summer barbecue.

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