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In the jungle

Nick has spent thousands on his tropical paradise (SWNS)

My Yorkshire jungle! Plant lover spends £15,000 over 20 years turning garden into rainforest paradise

Matilda Long

A green-fingered gardening enthusiast has spent more than £15,000 over 20 years transforming his back garden into a rainforest.

Nick Wilson, 61, fell in love with big plants during a holiday to Cornwall in the ’90s.

He kicked off the jungle makeover of his own Leeds garden in 1998.

Nick said: ‘It took 20 years to put it all together. There are so many big ferns, bamboos and big leaf plants down there.

‘I had no idea that I liked big, thick enormous plants so much. It was just such a difference to soft, fluffy garden plants. It’s definitely a bloke’s garden.

‘My inspiration came from family holidays to Cornwall in the 1990s and suddenly my back garden was overflowing with massive plants.’

Nick is teaming up with the National Garden Scheme to open his jungle paradise to visitors again on July 30 to raise money for charity (SWNS)

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