Billie Faiers and Greg Shepherd ‘spend £19k’ on trees for privacy at new mansion

Billie Faiers and Greg Shepherd have spent a whopping '£19,200' on trees to add privacy to their huge garden at their Essex mansion.

The Family Diaries stars, who recently shared a peek of their garden plan complete with a pool, outdoor TV and putting green, had 80 bay trees delivered to their home in Brentwood, Essex, as they transform their £1.4million Essex home into a 'dream' five-bedroom mansion.

Mum-of-two Billie, 32, who shares children Nelly, seven, and Arthur, four, with husband Greg Shepherd, 35, had 80 Laurus Nobilis, commonly known as bay trees, delivered to their home which can cost £240 each, according to wellness experts Eden Gate.

Billie shared a snap of the trees in the pots and revealed that 'all boundary planting' was being installed at their new home with Lush Landscapes, who are overseeing the design of the garden, in charge of planting the gorgeous hedging.

The luxury landscaping service, who have designed for Billie and Greg along with Mark Wright and Michelle Keegan and Kimberley Walsh, also shared a glimpse of the three metre hedging being installed by the team around the perimeter of the garden.

Speaking exclusively to OK! about the popularity of bay trees, an employee of Lush Landscapes said: "We specify Laurus Nobilis on a lot of projects that require tall, dense, instant evergreen screening.

"The location and conditions have to be right for the plants so we have other plant options we specify if Laurus Nobilis won’t thrive.

"We import the Laurus Nobilis direct from our Italian growers in Tuscany and they can be supplied from 1m high up to 7m high."

It comes after Mark Wright, who has also enlisted the help of Lush Landscapes, explained how he and Michelle had also ordered 60 bay trees, which were shipped from Tuscany, Italy, to provide privacy while they relax in the garden at their Essex mansion.

Meanwhile Greg was recently left gobsmacked on an episode of The Family Diaries when the couple were quoted £24,000 for 30 trees in their new garden after they were priced at £800 each.

However, speaking to OK! about the cost of the trees, Lush Landscapes director Alex Bayman previously said: "The £800 did include the delivery, the planting and the labour!

"If people want a structural tree that is going to be used as a feature or for screening then a lot of this stuff comes from Europe and it is transported over and there is an element of cost to that."

Meanwhile designer Marc Piechocki added: "These plants are very old and they have been looked after for many, many, years to get to that size so the money side of things has got to be taken into account.

"People don't realise how expensive landscaping is. They can justify it when it is inside because they are always in their home and we are conditioned to realise that everything is expensive in the house."

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