March 22nd – At last, work to rebuild the retaining wall next to the castle has started. This is the first stage before the castle itself can be renovated. The hedge at the Horse Lane entrance is being removed to make room for the contractor’s equipment to be stored, and to eventually make way for the disabled parking spaces.

Also the two larches below the Italian Garden have been removed, giving a completely open view across the river. These trees have self-seeded and were never part of the original garden layout. Also larches tend to be very brittle and there is an ever present hazard from branches snapping off in bad weather.


Clearing the hedge at the Horse Lane entrance.


The castle is now fenced off, ready for work on the wall to the right.


Uninterrupted view of the river from the Italian Garden.

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