Care home key worker transforms garden in lockdown and it looks amazing


A woman has used her time in lockdown wisely and completed a stunning transformation of her garden space – and now it looks utterly magical.

Amy Mycock, 29, a mum of two from Stoke-on-Trent, transformed her outside space using bargain buys from B&M and Wilko, and the whole thing only cost her £429 in total.

She says that transforming her garden has been just what she has needed to take her mind of the stresses of her job and the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

‘It has kept me busy as my two daughters have been living with my mum and dad for just over a month because I’m a key worker in a care home,’ explains Amy.

‘We’ve had the virus there so I couldn’t risk bringing anything home to them, so for their safety, they have been staying elsewhere for the time being. So I’m always trying to find things to do to keep my mind busy.

‘I’ve been wanting to create a decking area in my garden for a while. I had a trampoline there but my daughters very rarely go on it so I asked them if they’d rather a Lay-Z-Spa instead and they said yes,’ Amy told money-saving community

‘I measured the area once the trampoline had gone, and got my dad to order me the wood from a local wood place. The total for all the wood and screws was £140. Once the frame was built and put in place, it didn’t take long at all to put the top planks on. ‘

The paint Amy used was from Wilko and cost £7, and the solar lights were from B&M and cost £4 a box, and Amy needed three boxes.

‘The solar lantern was from B&M and was £20, the Lay-Z-Spa was £250 from B&M, and my egg chair was £150 from B&M but I bought that last year. I queued in-store following social distancing rules!

‘The entire project cost £429 in total, not including the egg chair.’

Amy is delighted with how the project has turned out, and highly recommends a DIY challenge during the lockdown.

‘This project has helped me through lockdown as I love pottering in the garden and putting my own stamp on things,’ she adds. ‘The image I had in my head for my garden has come to life and I’m so happy with it.

‘Ordering the wood was easy enough – I had to ring the place up, you tell them what you want so they will pick it all and they ring you with a collection time slot.

‘Overall, I’m so happy with my lockdown project, my garden is so cosy now and I can’t wait for my daughters to be home so they can enjoy it with me!’

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