Christine Stovell, author and freelance writer, on living and writing in West Wales
The Escaped Garden
Our house sits some 600 feet above sea level in a wooded valley overlooking Cardigan Bay. The garden runs to about a quarter of an acre and curves round the house on three sides with a traditional lawn/veg patch and seating area at the back of the house, a sloping wooded area at the side and shrubs and lawn to the front. Our long-term plans for it are still thoughts in progress - for the first year we mainly watched to see what grew - but the combination of work deadlines and last year’s non-stop rain mean that everything in has well and truly escaped, so this weekend we took action to reclaim the sea view.
The intermediate zone
The hacking back's fine... but what do you do with all the cuttings?
Preparing to shred...
One branch down
One tree down
We now know that every hour of hacking through the undergrowth creates two to three hours of shredding and log sawing. But the end result's worth it...