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A successful family garden needs to cater for the demands of family life and fulfill a number of uses - from a play to planting area . The priority for most families is to incorporate a safe play zone and a comfortable patio eating area, with of course a splash of greenery courtesy of lawns, trees, hedging and planting displays. The challenge is how to create a desirable space for children without compromising on your aesthetic requirements. While the kids may think there's nothing wrong with the array of toys strewn across the entire garden, parents don't want to lose their stylish barbeque area for entertaining. The solution to this dilemma is quite simple .
According to gardening celebrity Chris Beardshaw, 2009 will see an increase in more wildlife friendly and environmentally conscious gardens. "It has been a growing interest over the last few years as people realise the importance of our gardens not just as a pleasure space for us humans but as a resource in which to grow our own food, and to create feeding stations and habitats for our friendly wildlife, many of whom are seriously threatened". Beardshaw, presenter of BBC 1's Wild about Your Garden is keen to dispel the myth that wildlife friendly gardens have to be messy. The award winning designer / TV presenter believes it is possible to create a garden that suits our needs as well as the needs of our residing or visiting creatures, while also being a beautiful retreat. So take a walk on the wild side and invite a bit more nature into your outdoor room!