You've probably got mine Tetley, we've had the population explosion, less now.
Mowing some areas is like riding a bucking horse. The holes get bigger all the time from use by various beasties plus some erosion
2m is near enough. That will stop quite a bit of wind. Short stakes are OK, the top can flap around as long as the roots don't.
How tall is it?
Whatever it's doing it's probably been doing it for years. My guess would be rusting iron pipes from higher up the drainage system. or, if your area is largely sand/gravel, staining from that. Some of the field drains around here are bright orange from outflow from the gravel washing in the gravel pits
yes you can.
Just up the road from here
good move Rosa
What sort of salvias are they cp?
Small world indeed Philippa. I know Catmere End. I know most of the villages in that area. I've lived in Great Chesterford and Rickling Green as well as Saffron Walden
Sorry the gold didn't rub off
No good in winter but you could mix them in with the shrub you choose