Well, we finally did it but only thanks to the help of three key men from the Gardens team, Ian Webster, Steve Porter and Matthew Bullen, who came to our rescue, and added much needed 'weight' and skill to our amateur efforts.

We had taken on so much more than we realised and much of that was holly, an usually un-festive type, described as 'pig holly' by Ian Webster.......... and he should know; he did also say that years ago this pig holly was fed to cattle in the bleakest part of the winter, I wonder if anyone can corroborate this? Anyway this loathsome, prickly, tentacle-minded greenery is now burnt and without it the view from the end of Morton's Pond down to the Grotto Pond is an improvement, as I hope the before and after snaps show.

Stoker Devonshire

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