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DIY SOS, The Big Build Bristol


Location - Hartcliffe, Bristol

Build - March/April 2017

Broadcast  - 29th June 2017


Creation of a fully accessible, contemporary urban garden in the heart of Bristol for the fantastically derserving Pollard family

What an experience!

Our 1st DIY SOS and in our home city to boot...

This project in the Spring of 2017 was all about reuniting the Pollard family of Hartcliffe, Bristol and enabling their son Ryan to return home after spending 5 long years in hospital which was located over 50 miles away which had taken the family to breaking point.

GreenBird jumped at the opportunity to volunteer for this worthy cause and donated our time for the full 9 days of the build by 1st designing, then building this special space with the help of a team of fantastic volunteers from accross the South of the country.

We worked with the BBC off-screen & on-screen design team to ensure our concept fitted with the fantastic internal design of the house and the end result....a stunning, contemporary garden, fully accesible for Ryan & his families needs.

It was about creating a space that the family could enjoy together & one in which their precious spare time could be enjoyed relaxing rather than maintaining.

The Pollard's & all involved are thrilled with the end result - it was well worth the 1am finish (under floodlights) the night before the build completion!




Fencing - Featheredge Fence painted in Bright White

Screening - Siberian Larch

Raised Bed/Seating area - Rendered Breeze block painted in dark tones with a Siberian Larch bench 

Raised Beds - Curved Softwood Sleepers painted in Hague Blue & 'Everedge' Corten Steel galvanised edging

Patio - Indian Sandstone with Easy-joint pointing

Planting - Bamboo (various), Mexican Feather Grass & Olive Trees

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