The Living Landscape ‘City Twitchers’ garden from the 2015 RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show (30 June – 5 July) was designed by Sarah Keyser, of CouCou Design as a relaxing, informal space created to encourage and protect garden birds in the smallest of urban spaces. Woven in willow, like a nest, a spherical bird hide provides an attractive focal point with a practical role to play. Within it, seating allows bird watchers to cocoon themselves inside, as they wait and watch. The feathery Chamomile lawn softens the design and the strong circular shapes create a contemporary feel and flowing space.
The design balances natural rustic elements with contemporary shapes and materials, demonstrating how wildlife / bird friendly gardens do not have to compromise on style.
Here are Sarah’s top six tips on how to invite birds into your garden at home:
1. Invest in a tree or shrub, these are essential are they provide are a place for birds to shelter and feed.
2. Use lots plants that produce berries and seed heads, both very attractive to birds.
3. You should also look to add supplementary food from bird feeders – a variety of food attracts a variety of birds, so ensure you have a mixture.
4. Plant nectar rich plants throughout the year to feed the bugs, and therefore to feed the birds!
5. Make sure that clean water is available all year round for birds to drink, but also to bathe in.
6. Build a bird box for birds to shelter and raise their young.
For more information please visit: www.rhs.org.uk/shows-events/rhs-hampton-court-palace-flower-show