THIS week, we are having a peek into Michael House's remarkable Boscombe garden.

The sheltered housing in Grosvenor Gardens achieved a Gold award in the Bournemouth In Bloom ‘Environmentally Friendly Garden’ category for being a place were residents feel "safe, warm and inspired".

Chief executive of Michael House, Mark Horsford said: "The garden is the hub of the house. It has always been our intention to create an environment that welcomes wildlife to an urban space. Over the past few months we have sighted a fox cub, hedgehogs, frogs and an increasing numbers of bees, butterflies and hoverflies. Our nest boxes have had blue tits, and great tits, that have returned, for the past five years.

"We are so fortunate to have such a bright and sheltered garden. Many of our bedding plants have extended blooms and even our roses are enjoying a burst of autumnal colour."

The garden also has a tractor tyre pond which includes a variety of water plants as well as lots of frogs.