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The North Garden

a greenhouse diary



My first visit to the plot of land before purchase. An enclosed Victorian walled garden in the curtilage of a listed18th century House. Looking N to the S-facing garden wall where a greenhouse at the NW corner has recently been demolished. Along the E wall is an abandoned building project of a single story timber framed dwelling. The whole plot has been left derelict for more than 5 years and is dominated by brambles, thistles and other intrusive weeds.


Right of picture is the SW corner of the building project which will become The Greenhouse - where we will live after recycling the existing structure into an originally designed energy-efficient house. The land S and SW of the building will become an edible Forest Garden designed along permaculture principles. W of the house will be the North Garden suitable for recreation, with areas for sitting, dining and sunbathing as well as water features and systems for encouraging wildlife.


The offer to purchase the plot has been accepted by the official receiver who wishes to sell on behalf of their client as soon as possible. Most abandoned building materials previously dumped have been removed but the uncontrolled bramble and ivy growth make it difficult to explore in detail. The land is overlooked by a single window.