This is the start of a job to create a new pond for conservation of Great Crested Newts. I learned today that newts travel a kilometre overland to find new ponds and they use their sense of smell to avoid ponds with resident fish (the fish kill the baby newts 😦
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Our customer today had unexpectedly found himself using a wheelchair. Unfortunately he was virtually trapped indoors because of the huge step down from his front door. He came up with a solution and asked us to fit an extra-wide gate in the fence in his back garden, which gave him access to the path along the side of his house. We cut into a flower border and made a new sloping concrete approach from the patio to the new gate. We were happy to prioritise this job to help him get his freedom back.
Last year Mervyn was asked to make a parking space in a garden on a corner slope. The first job was to clear the site, which included an enormous Leylandii (not our favourite hedging plants, especially their huge invasive roots). You may remember our blog when Steve Allen helped us out. Now spring is here, the planting around the car space is in full bloom and a parking space at road level. Here are the Before and After shots taken from the road.
Parking space with planting
This client had a long fence along the boundary that was swamped with shrubbery. We started by clearing the site and the customer adapted the design along the way – once we could see the site properly it was ideal to create double gates for access, as well as a small side gate for bins etc.
This customer bought a 19th century cottage which had decades and decades of soil backfilled in the garden, which had breached the house damp course. The first job was to clear the site of an old shed and a row of Leylandii – the curse of small spaces. The Leylandii roots are still there. Steve Allen from www.allengroundcare.co.uk stepped in to grind out the roots.
View of site after we had taken down the shed and removed the planting.