External Structures

There are many types of external structures, some ornamental or architectural, some with a purpose or use, and some that are just nice to look at:

Bird Houses

Bird tables and bird boxes are covered in the wildlife / birds section.

Bird house
Bird houses range from small and simple constructions for a single breeding pair, to large architectural structures designed to house many birds.


Dunster dovecote
Traditionally, a dovecote was a building for raising birds for food and there are many historical examples of them across the UK. In medieval Europe, the possession of a dovecote was a symbol of status and power and was consequently regulated by law. Many ancient manors in France and the United Kingdom have a dovecote. This is a photo of Dunster dovecote.

Modern dovecotes are much smaller in size and primarily used as architectural features or for conservation.


Wooden gazebo
Modern gazebos tend to be wooden structures and often feature a thatched roof.

Thatched gazebo
This design by the Breeze House is one we particularly like.


Wooden pagoda
A pagoda is the general term in the English language for a tiered tower with multiple eaves but, in the context of a garden it usually refers to a small wooden structure with a roof.


A pavillion is defined as 'a light, sometimes ornamental roofed structure, used for amusement or shelter'.We really like this example which has glass walls.


A pergola refers to a (typically) wooden structure with an open roof, formed from poles or beams.

Arched pergola
An arched pergola.



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