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Local garden transformed by our Logs

Submitted by on May 19, 2017 – 12:30 pmOne Comment

Some people may just see logs as firewood, but local couple Anna and Shane took their garden to another level (literally) by using Forest of Marston vale logs to create a lovely raised bed in their garden. Using locally sourced materials (like our logs), and recycling items where they could, they managed to transform their outside space for only £250! Here is Anna’s story:

“We wanted to create a garden which we could re-use a lot of the materials we already had to keep costs down as well as being friendly to the environment. We dug up our paving slabs running down the garden and used them to extend the patio at the start of the garden to create a more social area for friends and family. As well as moving the shed forwards to create a secret outdoor workout area at the bottom of the garden. Any turf we dug up we reused or placed in the bottom of the raised bed. We then dug out a small trench for the logs to sit into.

The logs bought from the Forest Centre where exactly what we needed for the structure of the raised bed. Darren gave us a tour of the wood shed at the Forest Centre and gave us great advice on what types of trees would work best. Within a day the logs where ready to collect which we acquired at £80 which was a donation to the Forest Centre. Once we laid the logs out and were happy with the positioning of them, we attached them together at the back with strong steel wire and horseshoe shaped hooks. We mixed cement and sand to make the concrete which was then poured into the trench and we then placed the logs in. We protected our fence panels with strong plastic builders sheeting which we nailed along the back of the raised bed.

We used The Market Place app on Facebook to source free soil from around Bedford to fill it! By doing this it lowered our cost of buying soil, and we where helping local people to reuse what they didn’t want.

Then the fun began buying plants and family members donating plants to the project. This is our first garden project and it has been a fantastic process to see the hard work pay off and we are looking forward to many summer days and evenings enjoying our new space. The whole project all in all cost around £250 for the concrete, logs, plants and equipment.

A big thank you to the Forest Centre for their advice and involvement in the project.”

If you’d like to see more inspirational photos of the project you can follow Anna on Instagram (anna_beazley).

Anna and Shane

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