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05/12/2013 at 11:27
We have 2 x 20m long x 1.5m high limestone bunds from the swimming pool spoil and cannot be strimmed or fly mowed as stones will break glass in the Abri. Any ideas for ground coverage which won't break the bank? No top soil to speak of. Situated in Maine et Loire. Thank you.
05/12/2013 at 18:25

I see loads of people have looked at your posting, so I will be the brave one; what are bunds, and what is an Abri?

05/12/2013 at 18:32

I know what bunds are, I live surrounded by gravel diggings. They're the long heaps of soil removed from the hole.  Abri not in my vocabulary.

I'd throw wildflower seed mix suitable for limestone areas and see what germinates. I might try and landscape it  to make it look more natural first

05/12/2013 at 19:24
Abri is a fixed cover for a pool. Good idea about the wild flowers, cowslips and lizard orchids grow naturally on the road sides here. The bund also provides privacy from the lane (although only about 2 tractors a day go by) and an extra wall to the sheep fields so cannot really landscape, just use on its natural state. Will definitely check out wild flowers though, thanks.
05/12/2013 at 21:20

It sounds as if your limestone bunds are a similar habitat to that at one of my favourite places, the Hills and Holes near Barnack in Northants - have a look at the list of wild flowers that grow there - they'd probably be very happy with you too   http://www.naturalengland.org.uk/ourwork/conservation/designations/nnr/1006010.aspx 

06/12/2013 at 09:34

Dove, that sounds like a fabulous place to visit

06/12/2013 at 09:39

It is magical Artjak - I love it - there is nothing there but the landscape and the plants. Oh, and apparently nightingales visit in the summer.

And when you visit you can imagine the stone being hewn from there to build all the little cottages locally - my mother in law's home is built of Barnack stone.  

06/12/2013 at 10:01
Thanks, will definitely look up the site.
06/12/2013 at 19:11

I live about 15 miles from Barnack and I've never been to Hills and Holes. It's on the list though. Next spring/summer maybe

06/12/2013 at 19:17

Go when the Pasque flowers are in bloom, late April early May - so special  then go again a bit later on, to see the orchids 

06/12/2013 at 19:22

Good idea Dove. There were Pasque flowers on Royston Heath when I was a kid (probably a housing estate now) my mum took me on the bus  to see them. 

 

06/12/2013 at 19:35

That's my part of the country Nut, I was born at Hitchin, Pa grew up at Guilden Morden, we lived at Flitwick. 

06/12/2013 at 19:48

I didn't realise that was your patch Dove. I'm from Cambridge.

07/12/2013 at 06:50

Well, we moved to Suffolk when I was little, but it's an important part of the world to me - it's where Pa spent his boyhood and where all his stories come from, and where all my earliest memories are from 

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