Posted: 01/08/2013 at 15:50
Ah well you see the problem may be the photograph. Looking at it now it looks like a nice little area 'somewhere' in the garden. The problem is they're growing out of a huge concrete slab which I'm guessing housed a hut at some point ( which we found in pieces all over the garden when we arrived ), and while I agree ferns can be attractive these ones are growing where they aren't wanted so need to go. We're having some problems with condensation/damp in the property (it's around 150 yards from a burn) and we have no idea what the soil is actually like underneath the mess that's been left. I'm guessing it'll be fairly moist .
I'll take a photo of the whole garden soon so a better idea of my quandary can be had. It may be I can keep some of the ferns for replanting elsewhere as they seem to be doing pretty well!
Thank-you for all the advice so far, please don't think me a bad person for digging up ferns!