The Woodland Walk
The Wooded area along the eastern boundary of the property was already blessed with a large, dense carpet of bulbs when we bought the house; mainly snowdrops and bluebells. But, with an evergreen canopy of yew and holly, an abundance of sycamore trees and an undergrowth of weeds and nettles, it wasn’t a particularly inviting place to wander through. So, in 2010, we took out dozens of sycamore, heavily pruned and raised the canopy of most of the evergreens and dug out paths through the woods. The paths were then edged with the logs from the trees we had cut down. Hundreds, if not thousands, of shade tolerant trees, shrubs and perennials were then planted, including hosta, heleborus, brunnera macrophylla, alchemilla mollis, euphorbia, cotoneaster, cornus, geranium, anemone, vinca minor, arum maculatum, camellia, magnolia, viburnum & mahonias.
The woodland garden was extended along the north boundary of the property in 2013. We created a natural pond on the woodland edge in the far corner of the grounds We decided to use a clay bentonite lining rather than an artificial pond liner. Getting it water-tight and planting around the pond has taken a couple of years. The project was started in 2014 and even now the pond requires regular topping up, so there may still be a small leak to find!