Posted: 21/11/2013 at 08:43
Dovefromabove - I've been travelling around Ireland to look at a few gardens, however it doesn't look like any have been built on or near any bog. No Expert Is right, most of the bog land in Ireland has been attempted to be built on and sometimes not very successfully. The Dublin - Limerick motorway build lost a few diggers and earth movers to the bog up there!
Nutcutlet - We were thinking a Willow copse for firewood, we have a lot of Hazel by the banks of the river, and an Oak or two. We will not be touching anything at the river bank because even my rudimentary A-Level Geography tells me they're holding everything together down there...! I'm more worried about the bank coming up to the house.
Here are some photos for everyone, they're not as detailed as they can be as we'll be moving in January. We have to prepare the land for a few dogs and fence off the whole site before we actually cross the threshold.
This is the view down the site
This is the view back up to the house
Below is the site on the OS map. The site slopes down to the river. The OS map doesn't show it crossing the complete bottom of the site but it does currently! The gorse and reeds are immediately below the house, and the spring (our well) sits in the very top left corner of the site. The spring and the bog combine to make the land behind the house quite wet.