Gardening: Alan Titchmarsh shares how to ‘level out’ a slope on ITV’s Love Your Garden

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This week on Love Your Garden, Alan and his team headed to Farncombe, Surrey to create a dream garden for mum Kirsty and her three-year-old twins, Sam and Phoebe. Phoebe and mum Kirsty both have Stickler Syndrome which effects people in different ways. The family also recently lost Kirsty’s husband, and Sam and Phoebe’s dad, Kevin to a brain aneurism.

The family said they spend nearly all of their time at home and so they wanted to create a safe and relaxing garden for the whole family to enjoy.

Alan, along with the help of David Domoney, Katie Rushworth and Frances Tophill, worked hard to turn the “uninspiring and unsafe” garden into something truly special.

The team created a mini-maze, creative sandpits and play areas with plenty of beautiful plants.

While briefing the team, Alan said the garden represents a “particular challenge” due to its size and slope.

The gardening expert said they need to “tackle” the slope so they can create the rest of the garden design.

Alan explained: “Before any of us can get started, we need to tackle that slope.

“It drops two metres from top to bottom.

“So, to make it safe for Phoebe, we’re adding timber sleepers to retain the soil and create four level terraces.”

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Katie said: “Just by levelling these two areas, we’ve got rid of the slope and given ourselves two much more useful spaces.”

Alan said each of the new levels will become a “separate garden with it’s own purpose”.

Outside the backdoor, Katie added a covered veranda.

The sheltered area helped create an outdoor dining zone for the family to enjoy meals in the warmer months.

One step below the veranda, the team added a patio where the whole family can socialise.

This level also had a lawn and a trampoline to “keep the little ones happy”.

On the left, Frances created a mini maze with sensory surprises.

This led to a raised play area which included a slide and a platform with a tree in the centre.

The middle of the garden had an area just for Kirsty with a stunning garden building she can use all year.

At the bottom, the team created a beach-themed area complete with a beach hut, boat and mural.

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