News from Leo Walmsley for January 2015

  • Creating the new entrance into Stagshaw Gardens

    10:30 12 January 2015
    By Ade Mills, Pete Entwistle, Leo Walmsley

    Just before Christmas we spent some time improving access at Stagshaw Gardens, near Ambleside. Our work was to create a new entrance way next to the main car park that would mean visitors can enter the garden directly, without walking past the house.

    Before starting work

    The first job was to remove a couple of small shrubs that were in the way of the new path. The entrance needed to remain deer-proof so we started by erecting the gate in the garden before we adjusted the original fence line,

    Starting work on the new entrance

    The new gate was an obvious spot for deer to enter the garden so we made the gate higher with wooden rails to make it more secure.

    Digging in a post for the new gate

    Once the new gate was finished we altered the fence line to open-up the area and give us space to add an interpretation board at a later date.

    Newly adjusted fence line

    With the gate and fence completed it was time to start gravelling the new path.

    Gravelled entrance

    We continued gravelling through the gate and joined up with one of the original garden paths.

    Nicely joined up with the garden path

    Once we'd finished gravelling we moved the shrubs that we'd dug out at the beginning into a new position behind the fence to the right of the new gate.

    All finished

    By next summer the areas of bare soil should be nicely greened up and the new entrance to Stagshaw should look even more inviting.

    Completed entrance