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Couple turn ‘dark’, ‘overlooked’ Manchester garden for £23,000 into incredible Victorian backyard

A COUPLE has magically transformed their dark, dingy Manchester garden into a dream escape.

Appeared on an episode of Your garden is perfect, the £23,000 garden was declared ‘best’ by viewers in the entire series.

The large garden feels too'dark' and'ignored' for Chris and Mandy to enjoy

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The large garden feels too ‘dark’ and ‘ignored’ for Chris and Mandy to enjoyCredit: BBC
Some clever tricks and some light up after, the outdoor space is unrecognizable

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Some clever tricks and some light up after, the outdoor space is unrecognizableCredit: BBC

Mandy and Chris lived in their Manchester home for eight years but never used their north-facing rear garden because it was too dark and overlooked because their neighbors were too close to the field. means no privacy.

Award-winning landscape designer Helen Elks-Smith helped the couple transform the space, and she placed a dining area, taller hedges and tall trees to improve privacy.

A great new year project, perhaps their makeover will make you think about how to make your garden look its best this year.

Chris and Mandy begin to explain that they rarely use their garden because they can see through the windows of neighboring houses.

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For what they wanted, there was a clash, like; one wants to bring in bright sunlight and the other likes to go for speckled shaded spots.

When they saw two different computer-generated designs with 3D glasses, Chris and Mandy decided to take Helen’s design concept.

They spent £20,000 on the conversion but overspent £3,000, as they had to spend extra money on larger, more mature trees.

Helen’s design used 45-degree angles to subdivide the invasive view into the adjacent gardens.

The finished garden has a seating area as well as an outdoor sofa and even a separate dining area, all connected by a diagonally paved path.

Each uses gray fabric on furniture with orange textures and cushions to keep the garden trendy in all seasons.

Helen added height to the garden with an unusual horizontal fence, giving them more privacy but still flooded with light.

One side of the garden has a beautiful flowerbed containing ‘huge’ flowers, again helping to block views from neighbours.

She also locates existing trees and plants new ones to create a canopy that hides the area from outside eyes.

Chris and Mandy were delighted with the finished garden and are sure that privacy issues are more resolved their way now.

Viewers were also impressed by the makeover, as one tweeted that they had ‘saved the most beautiful for the end’, because the transformation of the garden in the film was disappointing to some. fan until this episode aired.

Another wrote: “Wow love the garden, that acer is gorgeous at the end. It’s money well spent 🙂 #yourgardenmadeperfect.”

One fan posted: “Love this garden. Best design and end result so far for me. My favorite so far. #Yourgardenmadeperfect.”

Another Your Garden Made Perfect fan tweeted: “Helen has the prettiest gardens. This ticks all the boxes and yes, the big trees cost – but it doesn’t look great. #Yourgardenmadeperfect.”

The garden is barely used and is clearly overlooked

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The garden is barely used and is clearly overlookedCredit: BBC
They tried to create privacy with a garden umbrella

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They tried to create privacy with a garden umbrellaCredit: BBC
The biggest expense is the big old trees brought back to create canopy.

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The biggest expense is the big old trees brought back to create canopy.Credit: BBC
Many umbrellas and tall trees were used to try to ensure privacy

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Many umbrellas and tall trees were used to try to ensure privacyCredit: BBC
A bird's-eye view of the finished garden reveals dramatic shapes

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A bird’s-eye view of the finished garden reveals dramatic shapesCredit: BBC
Mandy and Chris can enjoy a meal out now

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Mandy and Chris can enjoy a meal out nowCredit: BBC
A welcoming sofa around a socializing fire pit is ideal for entertaining

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A welcoming sofa around a socialized fire pit is ideal for entertainingCredit: BBC
Bright plants, flowers and decorative cushions and candles give the garden a fresh glow

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Bright plants, flowers and decorative cushions and candles give the garden a fresh glowCredit: BBC

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