Right tree, wrong place?

Right tree, wrong place?

Here’s a wall, built of lovely Longcliffe limestone, looks great, but for how long? Maybe in less then 10 years the maple will have uprooted the wall, or maybe less. It won’t cost too much to rebuild the wall and it won’t do the tree too much harm, but it’s these considerations that need to […]

Why choose a dry stone wall?

Why choose a dry stone wall?

My latest finished piece in Bradwell, Derbyshire. This is a straight limestone wall with 2 water smoots (as the lane often floods and runs off into the neighbouring brook) and 4 wall heads incorporating a gateway. The stone was some of the last to be taken from the currently defunct Once a Week Quarry at Sheldon, it’s […]

Hurricane Gonzalo

Hurricane Gonzalo

So the tail end of Hurricane Gonzalo is coming through tonight. Wind has been howling around outside like a banshee and pretty much all the leaves will be off the trees tomorrow. Fortunately only about half the total leaves are off so far, so we won’t lose all the autumn colour in one go, as […]

building a dry stone wall head

building a dry stone wall head

A dry stone wall head, also known as a wall end, cheek end or many other regional variants, is not just where the wall finishes, it’s vital to maintaining the strength of the wall and without a well built termination point, walls tend to collapse in a relatively short time. The head is usually the […]

Last froglets of summer

Last froglets of summer

This little fellow must be one of the last froglets of the late summer and it’s fortunate that we found him close to a well vegetated pond. He’ll still have a bit of growing time before he needs to think about hibernation. This week we’ve been busy getting in the last pruning jobs of the […]

Autumn Comes Early

Autumn Comes Early

You can tell that autumn has come early this year. We are busy settling our last few pruning jobs; something you don’t want to be doing during trees’ leaf shedding phase. This common action has the effect of taking away the vital energy a tree requires for its dormancy before it gets the chance to […]