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My daughters side garden make-over.

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There was a Holly tree that had died in my daughters garden and it was shedding large branches. We were worried that a branch might fall when someone was out there and it could do some serious harm. We applied for permission from the council to remove the tree, and after hearing nothing for several weeks and finding a very large branch had fallen in the wind one night , we decided to take photo’s and get on with felling it.
T armed with ladders, rope and chainsaw set too and it took us nearly all day to get it safely down. Heres a few photo’s of the work in progress……..
This was the branch that fell down in the wind……

This is the dead tree before T started….

Here’s T cutting up some of the branches he had felled…

Emily was fascinated and watched him like a hawk. When the tree was down we cleared the wood and the whole of the side and Shelley decided she wanted the area covered in chipped bark so the children could run around and play on it. The next morning we lay weed suppressing membrane over the soil as far as the last tree and then covered it with a thick layer of mulch. From there Gareth lay turf to the garden seat area.

Emily is loving watering the new turf……….

The side garden looks so much tidier and the children can run around on it safely now. Shelley wanted the lengths of the tree trunk leaving for them to sit on and jump off. We used the lengths of bamboo we had cut down earlier to make a ‘rustic’ (crappy) trellis for the winter flowering clematis to grow up. With a few plants and shrubs in I think it looks much better and it can be used now.

Samuel thinks it’s a good job too…..

Of course, you can’t go to Shelleys without calling in for a cuppa at Emilys house…………

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Interesting blog HB, the children are wonderful. Definitely a good idea to get that tree down and it will look good when a few things have grown. How on earth did you manage to get into Emily's house.

6 Jul, 2011

 

what a lovely blog, and what a difference you have made to the garden, it looks lovely and such a safe place for the children, well done ,

6 Jul, 2011

 

Lovely and a wonderful job - and bark chips and logs is what I am doing at the moment - they look great :))) lovely kids :))))) Emily watering gardening - awww pretty young lady :))))

6 Jul, 2011

 

That look so much better, and safer!

6 Jul, 2011

 

Well done on your hard work ... looks lovely now and no danger of falling branches! : o )

6 Jul, 2011

 

Thank you everyone for your lovely comments. Getting into Emily's house wasn't a problem ...... getting back out was another matter !!!! The tree had been a worry since the beginning of the year, I am glad it's down now.

6 Jul, 2011

 

Thanks for sharing your lovely photos! I just wondered why you had to ask the council for permission to fell the tree in your daughter's garden. Sorry, for my ignorance. Is it in case it did any damage to any public area or to other homes? I know, the law may be different in Scotland anyway, but I just wondered.

6 Jul, 2011

 

How brave of you......and what a difference it has made, I bet the kids love it.

6 Jul, 2011

 

Well done Homebird and team!!! Looks like a lovely little playground now.

6 Jul, 2011

 

Good ! A job well done. And isn't it nice to see the children enjoying themselves :o))

7 Jul, 2011

 

very nice job HB, looks really good..

7 Jul, 2011

 

The garden is not only functional for the kiddies but also looks very attractive....I'd say a job well done for sure and no more worries about safety either :)

You did a good day's work there....making a great team! I get to have tea parties with our grandkids too...but thankfully they usually do their tea parties in our house... lol I can imagine you trying to get untangled and out of the play house....we do get ourselves into some tricky spots sometimes, don't we....all in aid of entertaining and accommodating our grandchildren...lol

10 Jul, 2011

 

A great job thats been done there and the garden looks great lovely to see the little one taking interest in the garden watering the concentration she has put into it made me smile, the children are so cute

11 Jul, 2011

 

Hi Poodle, you have to ask permission to fell a mature tree in case there is a Tree Preservation Order (TPO) on it. This one had to come down because it had died. We didn't hear anything from the council so assume it didn't have a TPO.
Thankyou everyone for your lovely comments. Emily and her little friends (mostly 2 year olds)who visit often, love to walk along the trunks and jump off. The deep layer of bark chippings makes a soft landing when they frequently tumble over..lol.
Emily has picked up on gathering fruit and veg now in my garden and when she is home she gathers leaves from the box hedges to put in her basket and takes them in to Shelley to cook.........lol

11 Jul, 2011

 

Emily sounds so cute. The little ones copy everything, don't they?:-) Thanks very much for your info as well, as I simply didn't know about TPO's.

11 Jul, 2011

 

Lovely blog HB, what a grand job you have all done, it certainly has made a big improvement . Your grandchildren are so sweet and have a lovely play area there. Well done to all of you for all your hard work. Its so good to be back with you all after not being on here for about a month as I haven't been well, back and forwards to the hospital for tests, scans etc, but glad to say I am feeling a bit better now, but not quite there yet, but we've still got to plod on the best we can haven't we?

30 Aug, 2011

 

Thankyou Lins. I have PM'd you.

30 Aug, 2011

 

Your welcome Homebird......going to read your message now.... :o))

3 Sep, 2011

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