When considering the best garden design Flintshire has to offer, it’s not just about how your garden looks, but how it functions too. But this isn’t limited to practicalities, but how your garden will settle into itself over time.

For example, if you’re a bit of a twitcher, you may want your garden to provide a place for you to look out for bird wildlife. If so, Alan Titchmarsh has written his top tips for creating a bird lovers garden from scratch over at The Express.

His tips are based on the idea of creating a self-sustaining garden for birds – meaning you’re not constantly topping up on bird feed and bird feeders which, if we’re honest, aren’t the most attractive things you can have in your garden.

First up, consider some flora with bird seed heads – the likes of teasels, sunflowers, ornamental grasses, artichokes and some thistles work well. In summer, when these start to get past their best, don’t tidy them up too much, instead allowing birds to get to the seeds.

Likewise, if you have fruit trees, you might want to quickly dispose of fallen apples or pears, but these will attract blackbirds and thrushes who won’t be interested in your discarded apple cores or kitchen peelings. They like their fruit whole, so that they’re able to peck holes it in themselves.

Compost heaps are also great for attracting birds such as robins and wrens, as they’ll make happy homes for flies which these birds will feed on.