Posted: 01/03/2016 at 18:12
What a lovely thing to do! How big is the garden to be? I'm guessing it'll have to be wheelchair friendly, so maybe some raised beds could be incorporated. Maybe get the kids involved in the design of the garden too. Planting veggies and herbs will provide good educational/cooking angle for the kids. Small trees, arches, arbours etc with climbers scrambling up them will add height - something often overlooked when designing a garden. A pond would be great for bringing in wildlife. It can be really small and shallow (don't want kids or animals drowning) but it's amazing how quickly frogs, damsel flies etc appear.
Re hedging, how about using wild roses (think they're called guelder roses?) they usually have pink flowers, sometimes white, with a wonderful scent. Or a mix of native hedging - hawthorn etc. Great for birds and insects, don't need regular trimming, and the rose thorns might help keep rabbits at bay (though no doubt the elf and safety lot will deem them to be too dangerous for kids. The thorns I mean, not the wabbits).