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FEATURE Borrow My Garden


Opening up new potential in the events sector


Drawing on all their positivity and forward thinking, the team at Borrow My Garden have taken what was already a growing market and turned it into a force for change and innovation in the light the coronavirus pandemic. Established in 2019, Borrow My Garden was the brainchild of Claire


Lee from events company T e Venue Queen, and photographer Jo Hailey of Striking Places Photography. In their separate lines of work, both had seen an increased interest in staging outdoor events, from weddings and festivals to a taste for glamping, and saw a gap in the market for a venture that brought landowners, suppliers and clients together. Having worked hard during the fi rst year to build a database of sites and complementary services like marquee hire, catering and toilets, the coronavirus situation and lockdown threw the pair’s plans into disarray. Claire said: “We were just beginning to see the potential of Borrow


My Garden when lockdown threw a rather large spanner into our plans. But, we carried on building up our list of venues and suppliers and now that everything has settled down and we know a little bit more about what the future might look like, I think this is something that is going


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to take off over the next couple of years. “Firstly, we have people who have had to


radically rethink plans for big events like weddings and parties. T ey may think their guests will feel more comfortable in a bigger outdoor setting – who knows when we’ll all feel comfortable in crowded rooms again – and there may also be more availability while all the regular venues are catching up on cancelled and rebooked events from the past year or so. “Similarly, extended families will be desperate


to get back together and may well fi nd that a large fi eld with space for three or four tents where two or three generations can all get together at last, will be very welcome.” Claire and Jo are looking to make Borrow My


Garden the go-to site for anyone looking for land upon which to hold an event. T ere are currently around 120 sites listed nationally and local suppliers can be found for whatever area clients are looking at. Landowners who can benefi t from a listing on the website range from farmers with a fi eld to rent to those with houses that benefi t from signifi cant sized gardens or areas of woodland, and,


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