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English forest design for front garden.

Posted: 04/08/2013 at 16:11

If the little yellow flower in the top left of the pic is attached to it, it's Lesser Celandine (quite invasive)

Lancashire Interior Home Designs

Posted: 04/08/2013 at 16:05

Cheap and nasty.

unusual garden, unusual problem to make safe - any ideas?

Posted: 04/08/2013 at 16:04

It's a question of which is more important - the children or an archaeological site. I'd fence the whole grassed area about 2 metres in from the parapets, leaving that 2 metres for maintenance and planting.

pruning native trees

Posted: 04/08/2013 at 15:54

Carole B,

How big is your garden? Are you being too ambitious in a small plot? Many of the problems I find are simply caused by people planting things without looking 20 or 30 years ahead. Forest trees in a small garden are simply not appropriate. The rowan and wayfaring tree can be selectively thinned and the leading shoot shortened any time now; the hazels, as has been said, can be cut to 6 inches; the field maple could make 60 feet high and 40 feet wide, so think on; and unless the crab is on a dwarfing rootstock it will also turn into a big untidy tree, as will the hollies.

So look around for wildlife friendly trees, shrubs and perennials of a suitable size, and if you want to look after woodland edge habitats perhaps you could go and help with National Trust, Woodland Trust or local Wildlife Trust schemes - they'll be glad to have you.


Posted: 04/08/2013 at 15:38

Fairygirl - don't knock the white butterflies! There are three common whites:  Large, Small and Green-veined, and they are just as interesting as the Tortoiseshell, etc.

Auntie Betty, I doubt that you've seen a Large Blue in Yorkshire - there are only a few colonies on downland in the south of England. If you're in Yorkshire you should be able to find Green Hairstreaks in May/June - a local enthusiast ought to be able to help next year.

Paul, I believe the reintroduced Large Blues were from a Swedish race that was more or less identical to the extinct British one. Not quite sure what you mean by advocating 'More action ... and less surveys'. The records are littered with amateur introductions of all sorts of fauna and flora. For instance, a few years ago it was a scandal that well-meaning enthusiasts were releasing captive-reared Barn Owls into habitats that were unable to support them, and they mostly ended up dead. As for less surveys, how do we find out what we've got? I'd be interested to see some references for the Isle of Wight Large Tortoiseshells. Agree with your call for better habitats for insects.

something for all you mole haters

Posted: 04/08/2013 at 14:50

They have a unique sense of humour on GQT - not to be confused with the normal sort!

Horsetail - can I nip it in the bud?

Posted: 04/08/2013 at 14:40

Agreed, Dove. The good quality of the soil is implicit in the contract that you agreed with the supplier.

Petrol Strimmers

Posted: 20/07/2013 at 08:01

For what it's worth, I find the Stihl FS90 manages everything I want to do. The 50 is a bit underpowered for matted grass and lots of bramble, so you will get more wear.

Anyone any experience with DR field & brush mower

Posted: 20/07/2013 at 07:52

Have a look at the RHS website and your local wildlife trust. There are lots of sites which have not been updated as regards banned herbicides, in particular Asulam, so beware of these.


Posted: 20/07/2013 at 07:40

It seems that for many years records of Large Tortoiseshells have turned out to be misidentifications or releases of captive stock. There are people in many parts of the country who release captive-bred butterflies and other creatures just for what they see as the fun of it.

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