"When we arrived in Hadlow Down in 1993 the 'Upper' garden had hitherto been a field and was completely grassed over. The present raised bed was a weedy heap, mostly of clay excavated from the the footings of house extensions. The original 'Lower' garden had a lawn and flower beds choked with weeds, dead trees and shrubs. Over the next seven years we cleared the site and improved the soil. We started an organic vegetable patch and new planting areas.In 1996 we asked local garden designer, Dr. Lucy Cotes, to help us pull together the design; the garden is now a combination of our pooled ideas.
A new terrace and pond were built, and in May 2004 we bought a sculpture from local artist David Newman. This provided a focus and a dramatic 'presence' in the garden; it was so successful that we bought four more of his works, and these augment carvings we rescued from a demolished Victorian church. There are also 'found' objects and a creepy-crawly children's trail with a variety of scary insects to be discovered by the young at heart.
Some plants are allowed to grow where they have self-seeded and this, combined with a certain indecision and an inability to resist a new plant, means that the garden changes from year to year. Some, but by no means all of these changes, are planned."Ken & Heather Mines