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The outside area

Summer or Winter
We hope it looks good.

We are all very thrilled with the way the garden has developed. Next time you are at the Shop site, take a few moments to look around at the Garden, especially if there's a bright sun shining. Perhaps even go down the steps and enjoy the view from the seat. It did not happen of its own accord! See below for an account of setting it up in our first autumn. Now there is a super team of people, including Stuart Brown, David Clayton,
Rosamund and Pru Cotton,  David and Irene Scott,  and Krys Witts. They have worked hard to keep the garden attractive and reasonably weed-free. We are all very grateful to them. They would always be very happy to welcome others to work with them. Ask in the Shop or call 748748.

This is what we said of Autumn 2009.

Outside the shop there was much activity in the Autumn. Sue Moffitt, our Designer, asked for help in the basic shaping of the area to the left of the Shop as you come down the slope from Wakerley Road. This was readily provided by many strong hands one Saturday morning and soon even the least imaginative of us could see how it might evolve. Another Saturday, and another good response, this time including a number of boys and girls, soon got the hang of clearing weeds and stones. The youngsters thought it was great fun, and the adults were delighted by the overall progress. Then Sue and her gardening
strong man, Alan Harvey , got to work on the final shaping with plants, steps, poles and then turf. The final result should look every bit as stunning as the earlier drawings suggested, if not more so.

Meanwhile there was further action to the right between the fence and the pathway. Stones and weeds were cleared and smaller plants set along the slope. At the top of the slope on the level of the Burghley field the accumulation of grass and weed was removed leaving space for the planting of a line of shrubs which should grow into a pleasant hedge. Andrew Clayton and helpers, including dad David, set about fixing a sturdy handrail for those who would value a help up or down the slope to Wakerley Road. Our thanks to many diggers and planters along this stretch, and by the side of the shop itself and round the corner along the back of the Shop, facing the Surgery. There is still space for a number more plants along this long border and around the shop itself. Many have been generously given, and willingly planted already, but it is a big area! Are there spares available from your Autumn tidying up? Could that big clump be divided into two? Do you really want still more of those?? Talk with Irene Scott on 747 790 or our Manager, David Lewis or simply bring them one day and either plant them yourself wherever makes sense, or leave them there and someone will find them a home. Thank you.

Then, on the Monday before the Friday of the grand Launch of the Shop, a team of Burghley Estate people appeared to demolish the old fence near to the Surgery and to set a new fence along the side of the footpath, and turning along the back of the Shop to form the new boundary between Shop and Surgery. The Surgery hope one day to expand their premises and to provide parking space in this area. A gate will eventually provide access towards the Shop, making a visit to both places even more convenient than it is now.

And now it is all planted up. We watch to see how it develops each Season. What a contrast with the neglected field this area once was, not very long ago! You might like to look at the "Shop site development slide-show" at the foot of the "About us" page. We are so grateful to all those who have contributed in any way to this transformation already. More to go, and more to do, but that is always the way with gardens.............

A view from the back of the Shop, along the new fence.  Contrast this with what you see today