I am very lucky…….my garden backs-onto Urmston Meadows!
A bit of History:
- When we bought the house, we absolutely fell in love with the garden (approx. 2 1/2 acres of it).
- The land was originally sold to previous owners by the council, many many years ago.
- (If anyone knows of any previous owners or has any old photos or knows any history about the garden I would love you to post them on this site).
When we first moved in:
- The greenhouse was derelict.
- Drainage was a problem.
- There were no obvious zones within the garden.
- The pond had hardly any water and was full of bull-rushes and tarpaulin.
- The fencing was riddled with holes and falling down.
- The trees and shrubs had been left un-pruned, and there were a lot of dangerous trees!
- There was little interest for wildlife.
What we have done:
- The greenhouse has been re-built and is now fully functional.
- We have resolved a number of drainage issues, including the construction of a drainage path around the perimeter.
- The pond has been cleared and a jetty constructed, with a bird-house near the island.
- We added some livestock: ducks, chickens.
- We added a duck house to the back of the stable to protect the ducks and chickens from ‘foxy loxy’.
- A hen/ duck house was introduced onto the jetty to protect wild ducks/ birds from foxes (together with additional fencing).
- We have planted more fruit trees around the formal lawn area.
- There has been lots of pruning, digging-out, planting and levelling.
- There are 3 rotating raised beds for growing fruit and vegetables, plus an orchard.
- We have planted laurel to protect the pond life from the wind.
- We have encouraged wildlife to the area (bees, butterflies, wild ducks, insects etc), using plants, deadwood etc.
- We have several Owl boxes (and you can view the baby owl siting’s on the facebook page for ‘G20 Gas Services’).
- A hatchery has been built for new ducklings (…..and just in case we need to rescue any more owls!).
What we are doing now:
- We built a compost area (for the horse manure, shavings and grass clippings, so that we can re-invest the material back into the land).
- We have introduced more rescue hens to our free-range environment.
- We are relocating the chicken/ duck house to the old stable building to give them extra space at night.
- We hope to encourage more wildlife to the area (eg bat boxes, more owl boxes etc).
- We are planting up the garden beds to give the garden more colour.
WE ABSOLUTELY LOVE OUR GARDEN!