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Landscape your way to a healthier lifestyle

Relax to the gentle sound of this waterfall fountain in our sunken garden.

In today’s fast-paced world, maintaining a healthier lifestyle is more important than ever. One often overlooked aspect of wellness is our outdoor environment. 

Here at The Oxfordshire Gardener we can create outdoor spaces that not only enhance the beauty of your property but also promote physical, mental and emotional well-being. Here are just a few aspects that can help you cultivate a healthier living environment.

Creating Functional Outdoor Spaces

By designing aspects of your garden to encourage you to walk, exercise, or swim, your garden can be designed to flow, embracing you with options to enhance your health and well-being. A well-designed garden should flow seamlessly,  and should be used as a space to enrich our lives, providing a peaceful retreat to unwind and refresh.

Walking Paths and Trails

Walking is a simple yet effective form of exercise that can significantly benefit our mental health. It allows you to switch off and stretch your legs. Our expert in-house landscaping team can create meandering paths and trails around your property, encouraging regular walks. These paths can be lined with beautiful trees, shrubs and flowers, helping to divert your mind from everyday stresses. Refreshing scents and stunning scenery guide you through the landscape, offering a peaceful escape.

Outdoor Exercise Areas

Having a dedicated space for physical activities like yoga, stretching or even strength training can significantly boost your motivation to stay active. Our team can create custom exercise areas with durable surfaces and shaded spots to ensure comfort during workouts. 

When you think ‘Gym’ you may feel this is something that will not blend into your landscape. However, there are lots of options for ensuring this is aesthetically pleasing. Consider installing a garden room, converting an outbuilding or even a greenhouse to house the equipment, surrounded by a gorgeous array of plants and overlooking luscious landscape (and this comes with the added benefit that working out in nature has proven gains on exercising in traditional gym settings).

Meditation and Relaxation Zones

Mental health is just as important as physical health. Did you catch our article on making your own yoga retreat? Areas with features like fountains, comfortable seating and yoga decks surrounded by lush greenery, these spaces provide an idyllic retreat for mindful practices and stress-relief.

Incorporating Edible Gardens

Edible gardens are a fantastic way to promote healthy eating habits while enjoying the benefits of gardening. We can create beautiful and productive kitchen gardens that supply fresh, organic produce right at your doorstep. After assessing the area, our skilled designers  can guide you with what would suit the area best, from raised beds to greenhouses. There is nothing more satisfying than watching homegrown crops flourish before your eyes.Incredibly scrumptious and far better tasting than supermarket bought produce, kitchen gardens provide you with homegrown ingredients at your fingertips. Run out of lettuce for your salad? No problem, just pop outside and grab one. 

And if you’re not sure how to grow your own produce or simply don’t have the time, then our kitchen garden specialists can keep your fruits, vegetables and herbs healthy and productive over the longest possible season. 

Fruit Trees and Berry Bushes

Integrating fruit trees and berry bushes into your landscape not only provides delicious, healthy snacks but also enhances the visual appeal of your garden. Our expert team can offer a selection of plant varieties suited to your microclimate and soil, ensuring a bountiful harvest. Imagine strolling through your garden on a dusk evening, picking juicy berries that burst with flavour in your mouth. Maybe add them to a G&T or refreshing cooler  to welcome in the weekend?

Composting Areas

Composting is an eco-friendly way to recycle kitchen and garden waste while enriching your soil. Our team can set up composting areas that are both efficient and aesthetically pleasing, helping you create a sustainable garden ecosystem. This can also then be used to enrich your kitchen garden and plants around the landscape. 

Water Features

The sound of flowing water is incredibly calming. Our expert team can incorporate water features such as ponds, waterfalls and streams into your garden design. These features not only enhance the beauty of your landscape but also provide a soothing ambience that promotes relaxation. Consider also incorporating water-harvesting options which is something our team can work into the landscape design. 

Native Plantings

Using native plants in your garden supports local wildlife and creates a more resilient ecosystem. We can select native plants that thrive in your region, providing habitat for birds, butterflies and beneficial insects, while also reducing the need for chemical fertilisers and pesticides. Surrounding yourself with nature can be highly beneficial. The mesmerising sounds of birds, bees and butterflies surrounding you whilst you lie back and watch the sunset. Those moments of relaxation can do wonders, helping you slow down and wind down after a busy week. 

Outdoor Living Spaces

Creating comfortable outdoor living spaces such as patios, decks and pergolas, encourage you to spend more time outside. These terraced areas are a perfect place to host get-togethers with friends and family, or just encourage you to enjoy dinners outside during the warmer months, with hopefully some homegrown produce. 

The landscape can be built around what is important to you, maybe you want a quiet snug area – add a fire pit to provide that cosy atmosphere. Alternatively, maybe you want to hold social events, maybe consider an outdoor cinema? Add an outdoor bar and you have an evening of fun at your feet. Make your garden an extension of your home.

We understand the profound impact that a well-designed outdoor space can have on your overall health and well-being. By creating functional, beautiful and sustainable landscapes, our team helps you to cultivate a lifestyle that promotes physical activity, healthy eating, mental relaxation and environmental responsibility. 

Embrace the benefits of nature and create a space that nurtures your body, mind, and spirit. Your path to well-being begins right at your doorstep. Talk to our team today to find out how we can help.

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