Sunday, 25 October 2015

Scrub bashing at Biddulph Grange Garden on 25 October 2015

Nine of us spent today at Biddulph Grange Garden clearing birch and brambles from a stretch of bank alongside Wellingtonia Avenue.  We cut back the brash with bowsaws and loppers, dug out the roots with mattocks and had a bonfire on top of the bank opposite.  The aim of the work is to return the bank to grass.

Before and after
The worksite was beside a 'sound installation', one of the 'Dangerous Discoveries' art exhibits taking visitors on a journey through Biddulph's history, heritage and the structural intricacies of plants.  Every fifteen minutes we were treated to thirty seconds of Native American chanting coming surreally from one of the wellingtonias (a loudspeaker was concealed halfway up the tree).

Biddulph were excellent hosts - as ever - and we had lunch in the volunteers mess room in the basement of the house.  Paul, head gardener, provided complimentary biscuits from the NT shop!


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