When we design for garden (or house) we consider the sun’s impact. This site was chosen for an all year round productive food garden because it receives a heap of sunlight in winter, but is shaded by a large deciduous tree in summer.

It can take years if not decades for many canopy trees to fulfill their role, so before clearing a site it is important to consider the benefits of having established trees. They can protect a new garden from the harsh summer sun, and create different microclimates that suit different types of plants, as well as providing a home for wildlife.