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How three NI people transformed their gardens in coronavirus lockdown

As garden centres reopen across NI, people are looking forward to revamping their plots. Linda Stewart meets three people who transformed their gardens

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Nature reserve: Michael Savage with his daughter Ellie

Nature reserve: Michael Savage with his daughter Ellie

Big project: Caroline Davis with Jack and their dog Milo

Big project: Caroline Davis with Jack and their dog Milo

Total revamp: Caroline Davis enjoying the fruits of her labour with pet Milo

Total revamp: Caroline Davis enjoying the fruits of her labour with pet Milo

Neglected: how the garden was before

Neglected: how the garden was before

New look: Michaella Hollywood

New look: Michaella Hollywood

How Michaella's back garden has been transformed

How Michaella's back garden has been transformed

Michael Savage with his daughter Ellie

Michael Savage with his daughter Ellie

Building the pond

Building the pond

Building the pond

Building the pond

Building the pond

Building the pond

Nature reserve: Michael Savage with his daughter Ellie

Disability campaigner Michaella Hollywood (29) is furloughed and in self isolation in Crossgar with her mum Marie, dad Michael and dog Charlie.

She's been planning to transform her unusable back garden for a year and a half and the builders came out to do the work early in lockdown, creating a well-designed space where she can sit outside and enjoy a change of scenery without leaving the house.

The work was part funded by Michaella and partly by the Housing Executive and included building a new bathroom as well.