Poppyhead Consultancy founder Liz Ackerley wins Grand Designs Live Birmingham's Garden Designer of The Year competition

Liz Ackerley of Poppyhead Consultancy has won the Grand Designs Live Birmingham's Garden Designer of The Year competition.

The success of the Manchester-based landscape architect and garden designer was announced this afternoon on the first day of the show at the NEC Birmingham.

Her design, the Gourmet Retreat Garden, was designed with an urban-living professional and environmentally-aware couple in mind, with both practical and leisure uses.

It has areas for growing fruit, vegetables and herbs and is "a sensory retreat for entertaining guests" with features having multiple uses. For example the courtyard wall is part green wall, for growing aromatic herbs and attracting insects and part metal water feature which feeds into the raised planters.

Another key feature is the gabion-raised beds filled with stone and other materials such as wood which creates a bug hotel for wildlife, seating and the easy growth of vegetables, fruit and bee-friendly flowers. Landstruction worked with Ackerley in the final run up to the build.

Ben Harrison at BH Designs and Cretecraft’s Nick Benn were also shortlisted. All three created show gardens at the Grand Designs show, after being shortlisted from a longer list of entries, based on the theme of The Urban Kitchen Garden.

The show features interior and exterior design and is run in association with the Channel 4 programme Grand Designs.

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