2006, Raiding the bank

Raiding the bank

A garden which is situated on a slope has an obvious tendency to slide down hill. The rate of movement is determined by the steepness of the slope and the type of sub terrain. If you happen to have a wall at the bottom of your garden it’s only a matter of time before it becomes an issue. In this case it’s about every 200 years or so.



The solution is simply to collect the soil from the bottom of the bank and put it back at the top. This process brings an extra dimension to the meaning of the term ‘top soil’.


As ever, digging turns swiftly into formal archeology as we uncover an old land drain.





2006, Maintaining the main rain drain

Maintaining the main rain drain

It was quite apparent, from the evidence which we uncovered whilst redistributing the top soil, that this land drain was once a main artery of the hydraulic system. We had anticipated the need to devise a practical method for channelling rain water from the roofs and paved terraces above, into the Dipping Pond. The integrity of the old land drain was more than sufficient to allow us to repair and reuse it.