Any garden owner inviting guests to his garden, or opening his garden to the public, for example under the National Gardens Scheme, must ensure that the garden is reasonably safe for such persons. Invitation to the garden therefore widens the duty of care. The garden must be free of hazards such as slippery paths, cliffs, unfenced ponds and dangerous machinery. Where there is a swimming pool, this is a hazard, particularly for young children, and the garden owner is well advised to attempt to protect his interest by putting up a warning notice1. The notice will, however,
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