The ash tree has two quite large trunks from just a couple of feet above the ground, so it's like felling two trees really - hence it costing £550!!! Glad he knocked a bit off for the logs. However, that does include grinding the stump out - that'll happen in a couple of weeks' time.
I've been thinking of the old Blue Peter Garden that Percy Thrower created - it had a sunken garden with a pond in the middle of it - but I wouldn't do anything like that without putting in some proper drainage.
Anyone heard from Lyn lately? She's not posted since the 15th - hope she's ok
And what sort of soil do you have?
Do you know why the area is permanently wet?
We don't have any open fires here - we offered the timber to next door who have a log burner, but he said he didn't want to have split it and he'd just had a load delivered - so the tree feller is taking it away and knocking £70 off the price.
I'm taking some pics of work in progress - the Tree Man's dad says 'He's always posing so he won't mind'
There's a few 'Henrys' here http://www.classicroses.co.uk/productindex.php?prodfinderformfirstLetter=h&type=rose&recsperpage=10&pagenum=2
Hope that helps
Apart from anything else, let the birds furtle around and get at any slugs etc that you may have - putting a membrane over the top just give the slugs protection to carry on breeding through the winter - you don't want that to happen
It'll be sunnier than the other beds, so some grasses and perennials that like more sun than the ones I can grow in the rest of the garden, are the plan Verdun - mainly southwest facing and with shelter from the remaining ash tree which is in the SE corner of the garden.
The first tree man arrived at 7.30!!! A mug of coffee has been provided and he's getting set up with the shredder etc. Bless him, he remembered that I'd said there was a hedgehog in the garden and he's checked that it wasn't anywhere near the tree