Gear Up Your Garden For Functions

Gear Up Your Garden For Functions

Planning a garden makeover? Star Award winner for Best Outdoor Space, Edward O’Neill of the Crown Inn at Farnham Royal, recommends factoring a function area into your design. Last year he hosted 18 major events and already has eight weddings booked for 2018. By building a deck the size of a standard 15m x 15m marquee, Edward created a ready-made floor which is firm underfoot, weatherproof and leaves the garden free for pub customers. It has outside power points and an outdoor bar  - cleverly converted from a shipping container  - that can be linked to the marquee to form a self-contained venue. “They’re simple things to do when you’re landscaping and make all the difference to building a function trade. Potential hirers can easily see what they’re getting, helping to secure bookings” says Edward.