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Noisy Neighbours? Here's how to make your garden a peaceful, private haven

With clever planting, proper fencing and a few other tricks, you can keep the sound of the city - or the noisy neighbours - out of your garden, writes Diarmuid Gavin

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Diarmuid Gavin relaxes in his garden at his home in Co Wicklow. Photo: Frank McGrath

Diarmuid Gavin relaxes in his garden at his home in Co Wicklow. Photo: Frank McGrath

My favourite choices for spot privacy are clumps of evergreen bamboo and that wonderful tree the Acacia Dealbata

My favourite choices for spot privacy are clumps of evergreen bamboo and that wonderful tree the Acacia Dealbata

Use a retractable canopy or fabric sail to create a temporary canopy from spying eyes

Use a retractable canopy or fabric sail to create a temporary canopy from spying eyes

Pergolas when combined with appropriate planting create the perfect private spot in an otherwise overlooked garden

Pergolas when combined with appropriate planting create the perfect private spot in an otherwise overlooked garden

The most obvious way to create privacy in a garden is through erecting a fence

The most obvious way to create privacy in a garden is through erecting a fence

The Leyland Cypress will become a tight, dense barrier for view, absorbs sound or wind reduction when planted as a hedge

The Leyland Cypress will become a tight, dense barrier for view, absorbs sound or wind reduction when planted as a hedge

You can divert attention from any offending noise by introducing a water feature

You can divert attention from any offending noise by introducing a water feature

Photinia Red Robin

Photinia Red Robin

If your garden is big enough and has an open aspect, choose your place of recreation in the area that's least overlooked - this could be the patio directly outside your house, or it may be that your secret quiet spot is down the end of your plot.

If your garden is big enough and has an open aspect, choose your place of recreation in the area that's least overlooked - this could be the patio directly outside your house, or it may be that your secret quiet spot is down the end of your plot.

Forget privacy from the neighbours - get away from your own kids by building or buying an adult den!

Forget privacy from the neighbours - get away from your own kids by building or buying an adult den!

The Amelanchier has a 'vase' shape and a lovely colour which makes it a good privacy tree. You also have plenty of space light at ground level to plant other things.

The Amelanchier has a 'vase' shape and a lovely colour which makes it a good privacy tree. You also have plenty of space light at ground level to plant other things.

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Diarmuid Gavin relaxes in his garden at his home in Co Wicklow. Photo: Frank McGrath

Our gardens often represent a place of escape - escape to nature and away from distractions. Many of us dream of that perfect green utopia, getting lost in nature, enjoying plants and the wildlife they attract. We've never needed to be soothed by pleasing greenery more than we do now.

However, we often live in suburbs or cities with near neighbours. Those neighbours are the very people who've helped keep us sane during lockdown, but sometimes we need privacy to enjoy the serenity that the outdoor life can offer.

Here are some ideas to enhance the solitude of your surroundings.