A tranquil garden in Brindle is an ideal escape

PUBLISHED: 00:00 23 March 2020

The garden is a valuable space in which the McCanns like to relax and unwind

The garden is a valuable space in which the McCanns like to relax and unwind

Linda Viney

This garden at Brindle is constantly evolving and provides a regular supply of fruit, vegetables and flowers.

Drs Peter and Aurelia McCann with their two children – Josie, 14, and Tommy 12.Drs Peter and Aurelia McCann with their two children – Josie, 14, and Tommy 12.

WHO?

Doctors Peter and Aurelia McCann live with their two children – Josie, 14, and Tommy 12 – in the cottage they bought nine years ago. Both Peter and Aurelia have stressful jobs within Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Trust and Aurelia also works at Bolton Hospice. She came to this country from Romania 22 years ago, bringing with her a love of gardening from her grandparents who had a very productive garden. Aurelia joined the local gardening club as soon as they moved in, meeting other garden enthusiasts and gathering ideas and plants.

WHAT AND WHERE?

The McCanns Brindle gardenThe McCanns Brindle garden

The slightly undulating garden covers nearly three acres and in Brindle, near Chorley. Initially the garden was in two parts with a fence shutting off a large area left for nature, they removed it and opened up the whole area which is still being developed into a family garden with many different area. There are long borders of cottage-style plants, a Japanese garden, herb garden, small parterre, orchards, fruit cage and vegetable plots.

You will also find a chicken pen and secluded BBQ area as well as a greenhouse with adjacent cutting flower beds a children’s play area complete with living willow tunnel and den. A culvert runs through part of the garden crossed by three bridges. A cattle grid has been installed at the entrance to the drive to stop cows trampling in from the nearby farm.

Lillies add exotic colour to the gardenLillies add exotic colour to the garden

WHAT’S GROWING?

Near the house is a formal parterre and the McCanns have recently created a Japanese style garden with a small waterfall, an acer, a selection of conifer and lanterns and a pagoda set among gravel and rocks.

The flower and shrub borders are very much in the style of an English cottage garden while, and there are many vegetables growing – mainly those which are more expensive to buy, including three asparagus beds.

There are at least five different varieties of French bean, both climbing and dwarf and although they grow sweetcorn and peas, they are rarely seen on the table because they’re eaten before they get to the house when the children pick them.

Aurelia also grows fruit from soft fruit to apples and has created a small orchard. The soft fruit is protected with a fruit cage and she makes jams and preserves with the harvest.

They grow organically and her aim is to fill the herbaceous borders with plants and shrubs to ensure there isn’t room for the weeds to show their face.

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