The house has been here for 150 years or more and the whole area for miles around is red sandstone which isn't best know for it's stability. However, this bank has been here since at least when the house was built so it can't be that bad, just problems as a result of the recent heavy rain.
I guess the rock face is about 15-20 feet high, that is from the ground floor access path at the right side of the house. Above the rockface and back a few feet is an area of woodland but immediately above the rock face is earth and a tangle of overhanging brambles that we will have to get to grips with, it just not easily accessible.
The escarpment continues behind the house to the left where it is accessed from a walkway at first floor level and is about ten feet above the walkway. Here it is covered with earth, plants and coppiced trees and bushes and this is where the earth has slipped bringing with it some deadwood, gravel and a couple of football sized boulders.
We've seen some degradable jute type membrane on the net that can be bought impregnated with grass or wild flower seeds and/or can be planted through. Have you ever used this? Also I read on a blog of someone who had inserted pieces of slate into their bank in order to support plants until they established, I thought this seemed a possibility.
We're now taking it easy and resting our aching muscles before taking on the next stage. We're thinking we will have to cut back the brambles and treat them with a systemic weedkiller before starting a replanting programme/membrane laying or whatever seems the best solution.
Onward and upward
Carole (sorry I've tried and failed to put up some pics but no joy!)