Posted: 23/09/2014 at 19:17
Can you post some pix Donna? The tree icon on the toolbar above the posting window is where to do that.
I'm assuming the soil could be clay if it's cracking - it bakes solid in hot dry weather and cracks appear, and when it's wet, it's soggy! The good news is that it's very fertile and once you get some well rotted manure and grit dug into it, you can grow loads of plants if that's what you want to do.
You need to tackle the brambles and grass and you'll need a strimmer or something similar to cut it all down so that you can remove it and see what you've actually got. If it's very bad you might want to 'get a man in' to save you the grief. There may be all sorts of things lying underneath it. If you just want a simple area of grass for children to play initially, you'll need a lawn mower, and a spade and fork to tackle the planting areas.
There's plenty of people here to help you along the way and offer advice so keep posting and asking questions and we'll all try to help. Photos are a big help if you can do some, especially if there are any plants and shrubs you want identified.