Archive for April, 2016

Renovation work update (2)

April 14, 2016

April 12th – rebuilding the wall behind the castle is being hampered by the roots left from the trees which were felled a while ago. The digger is up above the castle trying to get the roots out.







Renovation work update

April 5, 2016

April 5th – scaffolding is now in place around the castle. The two water tanks at the back of the castle are being removed to give access to the wall behind.



Renovation work starts

April 4, 2016

March 22nd – At last, work to rebuild the retaining wall next to the castle has started. This is the first stage before the castle itself can be renovated. The hedge at the Horse Lane entrance is being removed to make room for the contractor’s equipment to be stored, and to eventually make way for the disabled parking spaces.

Also the two larches below the Italian Garden have been removed, giving a completely open view across the river. These trees have self-seeded and were never part of the original garden layout. Also larches tend to be very brittle and there is an ever present hazard from branches snapping off in bad weather.


Clearing the hedge at the Horse Lane entrance.


The castle is now fenced off, ready for work on the wall to the right.


Uninterrupted view of the river from the Italian Garden.