Originally we hoped to remove all the ash growing in the hedgerow by the drive, but this is a massive undertaking and rather expensive. I’m not sure what our plans are for this part of the garden, other than to say, it needs renovating. But for now, the ash, ivy, brambles and self-seeded Prunus provide nesting and food for birds, nectar for bees and a hiding place for small mammals.
There is space by the drive, at the top of the orchard to store a trailer (a vital tool in the large garden, according to Geoff Hamilton), and to park a small car. The area bordering the naked garden has been planted with shade-tolerant plants such as holly, variegated ivies, ferns and lady’s bedstraw. More planting is planned for 2014.