The brief was to transform an inherited, somewhat overgrown garden, full of dominating shrubs, making it into an exciting place for the children to play and a haven for wildlife. We specified nectar-rich plants for insects and hedging to provide birds with cover for foraging and nesting. The inspiration for the design was a diagonal theme, to give a sense of width in this long, thin garden. The dynamic path running along the triangular planting beds invites the visitor to wander and explore. A gazebo gives somewhere peaceful to sit, year-round, and watch the world go by on the canal. The children's play area combining a slide, climbing wall and monkey bars is hidden behind the gazebo.