David and Victoria Beckham’s £6m Cotswolds home: Work begins on garden

David and Victoria Beckham enlist the help of Chelsea Flower Show winner as work begins on a ‘fairy-tale’ two-tier country garden at their £6million Cotswolds home

  • Work has begun on the garden of the £6million Cotwolds property, with diggers excavating the site on Thursday
  • David, 43, and Victoria, 44, have enlisted the help of Chelsea Flower Show winner Marcus Barnett to plan their ‘fairytale garden’
  • The six-bed, six bath property will have an ‘outer’ garden – the infrastructure for the outdoor space – and ‘inner’ – private family – garden on the premises
  •  New ‘natural’ swimming pool filled with recycled water will be built in the ‘inner’ garden 
  • Couple are building an orchard with 23 types of trees including seven white oaks, eight cherry trees, nine apple trees and nine witch hazels 
  • Grounds will be managed by a garden contractor who will have a team of landscapers working three days a week for nine months 

Work has begun on David and Victoria Beckham’s garden of their stunning £6million Cotswolds mansion.

After buying three used Grade II-listed barns in the rolling hills in December last year, the couple have spent a fortune converting them into one family home. 

Now, the footballer, 43, and wife Victoria, 44, have enlisted the help of Chelsea Flower Show winner Marcus Barnett to create a two-tier English country garden that balances both beauty with security.

Fairytale garden: Work has begun on David and Victoria Beckham’s garden of their stunning £6million Cotswolds mansion

Diggers and heavy mechanical equipment could be seen on site on Thursday as work gets under way to build their paradise garden.   


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At the moment, pictures show sparse fields with rows of soil turned over as gardeners begin the lengthy process of getting the ground ready for plants and greenery. 

David and Victoria’s planning application shows the lengths they are going to create a green-fingered rural retreat, with diggers beginning to excavate the site in preparation for the renovation. 

Idyllic retreat: the footballer, 43, and his wife, 44, have enlisted the help of Chelsea Flower show winner Marcus Barnett to create a two-tier English country garden that balances both beauty with security.

Taking shape: Diggers and heavy mechanical equipment could be seen on site on Thursday as work gets under way to build their paradise garden

Wild: The Beckhams have gone for the more ‘organic’ approach to the grounds, which means they want to let the trees, bushes and plants run free rather than have a perfectly manicured garden like at their city properties in LA and London

English countryside: Their planning application shows the lengths they are going to create a green-fingered rural retreat, with diggers beginning to excavate the site in preparation for the renovation

Building an orchard: In the sprawling two-acre site will be an orchard with 23 different types of trees that will take a team of gardeners three days a week to maintain

Autumnal fruit: Plans for the orchard include seven white oaks, eight cherry trees, a plum tree, nine apple trees, three holly trees, nine witch hazels and a maple

Grand design: New plans show the family will create two gardens; an ‘outer garden’ made up of wild ‘meadow grass’ and surrounded by a huge native hedgerow. Pictured: Architect drawing of how the rural retreat will look

Garden plans: Posh and Becks’ new planning application shows the lengths they are going to create a green-fingered rural retreat at their Grade II-listed barn conversion

Leafy oasis: In the sprawling two-acre site will be an orchard with 23 different types of trees

In the sprawling two-acre site will be an orchard with 23 different types of trees which will take a team of gardeners three days a week to maintain.

Since purchasing three disused listed barns for just over £6.15million in December from landowner Nicholas Johnston, an Old Etonian friend of Cameron, the Beckhams have spent a fortune on renovations and enlisted architect Michael Ergatoudis to turn it into one family home.

But restoration work on the property, set in acres of rolling countryside, had been delayed by a series of planning wrangles with West Oxfordshire District Council.

Grand design: Plans show the family will create two gardens; an ‘outer garden’ made up of wild ‘meadow grass’ and surrounded by a huge native hedgerow

The family was granted permission for a 60ft croquet lawn, an orchard with apple, pear and plum trees and two vegetable patches. 

But proposals for an outdoor seating area to entertain friends were rejected and they have instead submitted plans for a 10ft-wide pergola, which can be removed if necessary.

They also wanted a huge swimming pool but have had to settle for natural swimming pond, using water recycled from the main house, sited within one of the courtyards so it cannot be seen from the road. 

Compromise: The couple wanted a huge swimming pool but have had to settle for natural swimming pond, using water recycled from the main house, sited within one of the courtyards so it cannot be seen from the road

Back in January, David and Victoria applied for permission to change the roofs on outbuildings from tiles to thatch.

But the delays have not deterred their big plans for the garden as they have hired Chelsea Flower Show winning gardener and landscape designer Marcus to transform the space surrounding the property.

Married to painter Louise Pragnell, whose portrait of the Duke of Kent is exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery, Barnett has has won three Gold Medals at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and is seen as ‘gardening royalty’.

Green-fingered: Delays have not deterred their big plans for the garden as they have hired Chelsea Flower Show winning gardener and landscape designer Marcus to transform the space surrounding the property.

Barnett’s new plans show the family will create two gardens; an ‘outer garden’ made up of wild ‘meadow grass’ and surrounded by a huge hedgerow.

Running just behind the hedgerow, will be a timber 1.2 metre fence meshed with ‘galvanised wire livestock netting.’ 

The inner garden – where their ‘natural’ swimming pond will be located – will be surrounded by ‘native hedge’ and two-metre fencing.

Elaborate design: Barnett’s new plans show the family will create two gardens; an ‘outer garden’ made up of wild ‘meadow grass’ and surrounded by a huge hedgerow

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    The celeb couple want to build a huge ‘wind-cheater’ mound in the south west corner made up of ‘soil from the site excavation’, which will ‘provide screening and shelter from prevailing wind’. 

    The orchard will be planted around the house with a mixture of bought-in mature trees, plants and shrubs fitting in character with the local environment. 

    The list of shipped in mature trees has is costing thousands of pounds and includes 23 oaks, seven white oaks, eight cherry trees, a plum tree, nine apple trees, three holly trees, nine witch hazels and a maple.

    Employing the best: Married to painter Louise Pragnell, whose portrait of the Duke of Kent is exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery, Barnett has has won three Gold Medals at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and is seen as ‘gardening royalty’

    According to the Landscape Design Statement, the Beckhams have gone for the more ‘organic’ approach to the grounds, which means that they want to let the trees, bushes and plants run free rather than have a perfectly manicured garden like at their city properties in Los Angeles and London.

    It states: ‘The proposed planting design aims to tie in with the surrounding landscape, using many native wildflowers interspersed amongst grasses… the materials used across the site will be sensitive to the heritage nature of the property, reflective of what is on site and in the surrounding vernacular.’

    This still means their garden contractor, Nicholsons, will be working flat out. 

    In keeping with nature: The orchard will be planted around the house with a mixture of bought-in mature trees, plants and shrubs fitting in character with the local environment

    According to plans submitted to the council, Nicholsons say it will take a team of staff three days a week for nine months of the year to maintain the two-acre site.

    Nicholsons say that they will give the Beckhams weekly reports on wildlife damage and fruit collection. The two-page maintenance report also lists over 30 tasks they need to do to keep the exterior in tip-top shape.

    But, according to experts, this sort of garden is ideal for people who won’t be at the property all the time and use it only a few times a year, as it’s lower maintenance than the perfect gardens often associated with celebrities.

    Tim Whitcombe, Head Gardener at GardenAdvice.co.uk, said: ‘In general wild gardens and fruit gardens have two main periods of maintenance in the spring and the autumn cutting meadows and pruning fruit trees. I would say they take less maintaining that a traditional garden.’

    Living the country life: The family was granted permission for a 60ft croquet lawn, an orchard with apple, pear and plum trees and two vegetable patches

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