Well, following the completion of the Grange all weather path, the planting has commenced in first of the garden areas.
This area was chosen due to its proximity to the Grange entrance (which itself is going to undergo a programme of improvement works shortly) as it will provide an area of colourful planting to welcome visitors to the Grange.
To get this far has taken a lot of work with having to clear ivy, brambles, raspberry canes and lumps of mud with grass (from the path works). Whilst there is still some clearing to do, enough has been cleared to allow for a Birch tree, Rhododendrons, Azaleas, Snowdrops, Foxgloves and Hellebores to be planted. We’re expecting a delivery of Dog Woods and Magnolias over the coming days, and some of these will find a home in this area too.
Clearing of Elder (and a plant that no one recognises) has been done at the next garden area along, and this will be planted up with the remaining Dog Wood and donated Curly Hazel cuttings (the cuttings need to take root before they can be planted out).
Moving round to the larger garden area, this is going to require a lot more effort to clear and we are going to discuss this with a groundsman to understand the best plan of attack; there are lots of bulbs (Daffodils and Bluebells) and existing planting to save/ protect in this area too.