When we bought our house (near the north Norfolk coast) six years ago, the garden was in a terrible state. Although it had been professionally designed in the 1970, everything was overgrown, full of brambles and horrible, thorny plants. We made the decision to save only the four mature trees and the old apple trees and bulldoze the rest. After having only the tiniest of gardens throughout my life, I suddenly had a half acre blank canvas. We fenced in the old apple trees which is where the chickens live, created a veg garden with 16 raised beds, a shed and my wonderful greenhouse, a spring woodland garden, a traditional herbaceous border with roses and perennials, a gravel garden and wildflower meadow and - my favourite - a natural swimming pond. My husband did all the hard building work and I grew most of the plants from seeds and cuttings. Everything we planted was chosen with bees, butterflies and wildlife in mind.