Surviving the storm!

It’s been quite a mild February but certainly a windy one! This month was really dominated by Storm Eunice which resulted in significant tree loss for Marwood. An awful, destructive and heart-breaking weekend of weather which saw Marwood lose more than half its shelterbelt, as well a large sequoiadendron, x3 large Eucalyptus, larches, squashed rhododendrons and one smashed pane. The clearing will be slow and steady and we need to deal with the large amount of waste wood and branches generated, so do forgive us if you find the odd fallen tree in the garden un-attended! The plan for much of the wood is to reuse it for garden benches, lake and path edging.




Far more traumatic was the loss of power and water to the community of Guineaford and the garden which lasted 4 days. Thankfully the community rallied round, cooked meals, shared water, lit candles and torches were passed round to those most in need. 

Interestingly, the historically bad storms of 1987 and 1990 did not impact the garden greatly at the time as the trees were much smaller and the shelterbelt younger and more resilient - it is only this recent storm that has caused real damage!

Before the storm the garden was in great shape. Snowdrop and Hellebore displays this year have arguably been the best in many years and fat Magnolia and Daffodil buds offer a promising March and lots of spring colour. The first Magnolia to flower in the garden Magnolia sargentiana is already in bloom.  


Development in the garden this month has included:

  • Continuing clearing of Mediterranean terrace for replanting in spring when the risk of frost has passed
  • Preparation of Marsh area for Iris ensata collection to be planted
  • Labels have been placed out in preparation for planting
  • Volunteers have been busy helping us scrub up the plant sales area, in preparation for weekend openings in March
  • Volunteers have been busy potting and propagation plants for the new season also
  • Jobs such as Birch cleaning and brambling have also been happening intermittently!