by John Yeo
The garden needs a lot of work and we are at the planning stage. "I think if we cut the trees down, we can lay lawns and have a lake for wild-fowl, with flower beds and borders. We can build a summer- house with many arbours and marble statues everywhere. Nature can be modelled, shaped and controlled." "No! Why not have a forest garden and encourage wildlife with deer, squirrels and much birdlife. A natural garden would be best, we don't need the artificiality of manicured lawns and borders, that is too much like hard work. Nature always wins in the end, whatever we do.""We can always concrete the whole area over and build high-rise flats, we could make a lot of money that way. Nature would take a long time to win then!""Now you are being silly, I know you don't like to be overlooked and feel crowded, I see a natural garden, where we keep the trees, and have a woodburning stove. We would have our isolation with privacy to write and create. We will have a vegetable plot with chickens in the middle of our own forest. Nature would be our friend and we would both win then." Yes! We can build a small gallery with workshops and encourage a community of artists and writers. We will build cabins in the yard and sell our work in the gallery shop. Nature would be our partner and our friend."