Woodland Hideaway

As part of a large garden, the area beneath these large Conifers is a favourite spot for this family in South Norwood. Used as a fire pit area, we wanted to capture the already magical atmosphere and give it a bit more personality usability.

Crystal Palace Woodland Garden. Wooden den, log store, festival style, pation. bordersAccess to the garden is through the house and up steep steps, so one of the key factors to the brief was to minimise waste that needed to be removed. The garden is also home to a whole host of wildlife which we wanted to look after too.


Using the waste material for previous tree surgery and regularly pruning of the large trees and shrubs meant we were able to clear the area and also make new structures. Dead fences were created along the perimeter to add privacy while also giving an easy way to dispose of prunings. 

4 low benches were created using large tree stumps and logs as the base and scaffold boards as the seat. This gave a rustic feel and again used up waste materials. 

A large den structure was built using treated timber posts and then clad in branches from the waste material on site. 

A wood store was built and secured alongside the existing shed to give a neater way to store wood for those nightime campfires.

And finally festoon lighting was strung up through the trees and into the top of the den area to give a festival feel. Eventually the lighting cables with be nested into the border planting once the next phase of the garden is complete.

With thanks to AK Designs for all joinery work.