Well, Marwood has been a veritable hive of activity since we closed last Autumn. Visitors coming this Spring and Summer will notice several dramatic changes!
The top lake, which for many years has gradually filled with silt, has now been dredged - yes, a job and a half, the silt carried away in massive trucks to spread on one lucky farmer’s fields. The dam, which leaked, has also been repaired and we’re quite sure that Dr Smart would be very pleased. We will not add fish to the lake, as we intend to let nature take its course and, hopefully, summer will see it busy with Dragon and Damselflies. In time, waterlilies be planted and branches positioned along the banks to encourage our resident kingfishers to perch and scan the fresh water, with their beady little eyes, for tiny fish. Plants surrounding the lake were removed and put in safe places prior to the upheaval and, as the soil settles, will be re-planted-though allowing scope for a few gentle changes.
Snuggling deep within its enfolding valleys, it has not always been that easy to create views, but, by the judicious removal of trees no longer ‘pulling their weight’ (or, supposedly dwarf conifers that somehow had reached 40'!) we have now created some wonderful places where the eye can now appreciate the scale and beauty of Marwood. A garden might mean many things to many people but surely the very word suggests tranquillity and beauty - something that Marwood abounds with.
Borders, last planted over 20 years ago, have now been redesigned, introducing new plants to the palette and paths, worn over the years by millions of little (and not so little!) feet have been re-turfed. The bank adjacent to the tearoom has now been planted with a variety of plants that will revel on this very sunny, protected slope. To give interest whilst these little monkeys grow apricot fox-tail lilies (eremurus), vibrant tulips and lilac alliums have been planted.
Joe Reardon-Smith January 2017