The green and rolling countryside of Worcestershire, England, is home to the cider apple orchards which surround the gardens of Pear Tree Cottage. They enjoy a sunny south westerly aspect with sweeping views across to Martley Hillside, Woodbury and Abberley clock tower. The Teme Valley lies just over the hill and, not far away, is the Herefordshire border. Although our climate is temperate, our seasons are often uncertain and always a challenge to a gardener! This began in 2010 & follows the weekly ups and downs of garden work chronicling both successes and failures but, above all, demonstrates the fun enjoyed by three people who regularly garden in all weathers


17 February 2014

Cue New View Pugh!

Kyle finishes the last tree

A BIG thank you to Chris and Kyle! After NINE whole days hard slog in the very worst weather conditions, the boys have finished topping the conifers.  They endured hours of lashing rain, wild gales, hail, driving sleet, countless storms and even lightning! My only contribution was a couple of hours helping to clear the verge and keeping them fed and watered throughout!
A completely new view opening up.
Chris also took out all the dead Elms and coppiced the Hazels on the verge side - in fact, he even bought some Hornbeams and filled in gaps in the old hedge! Now that really is above and beyond the call of duty! This is where we hope to see the return of some bluebells and white violets......? 

Kyle wondering how many more!
A GIANT brash pile!
It proved to be a massive job and the biggest project ever undertaken at(?) PTC. There is a huge amount of brash down on the ground all awaiting clearing when the ground dries up (if it ever does!)  It has made an amazing difference as half of Martley Hillside was totally obscured and now it is revealed again.  The trees - 38 in total have all been reduced from 60 feet down to about 12 feet and it's utterly transforming! This has been done in small sections to ensure that the apple trees suffered no damage from great lengths of falling timber.  They will also benefit from much more sunlight so it really is a win, win situation all round!  Chris even managed to take all these photos on his phone - determined to record this transformation.  

Lastly - I absolutely can't write this post without acknowledging and thanking our brilliant neighbour: Rob Holloway for his amazing understanding, support and cooperation throughout the whole project! 

As much as we can blame the weather and hopelessly saturated ground - after a record 4 week break, we might even get back to gardening next Saturday!

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