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thecatsmother wrote (see)

yeah just a bit worried about taking out something which must be taking a lot of water from the soil -  our garden's below sloping fields and there's a system of drainage pipes and a sump with pump below the garden (installed by the guy who designed the garden). If we do take it out (tree surgeon job i think) I might have to invest in something quite big to put in as replacement, so it'll take up quite a lot of water quite quickly


I wouldn't worry too much about the taking up of water. When you need it sucked up most (winter) the plants aren't sucking it up, they're dormant tell an achillea from a fern look at the back of the leaves. Ferns have spore cases from white/cream through to brown according to maturity. Rows of little dots either side of the mid-rib

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