Chestnut Way was named after two huge Chestnut trees, until recently the remains of one still existed in a neighbouring garden.
The house was built in 1962 on the site of an old farmyard. At this time the garden was smaller than at present, finishing just beyond the weeping willow tree. Some of the original features still remain, the most significant being the mature weeping willow, the large fruitful bramley apple tree and two original compost bays.
In 1984 the neighbouring farmer decided to sell part of the field behind Chestnut Way. When purchasing the extra land the owner of number 6 decided that the extension to his garden would entail too much work and so the extra land was split between number 10 and number 8 - hence the distictive and thin L-shape of the main garden.
The Little family (us) moved into the property in July 1988 and the master plan began!
In the Summer of 2005, after much agonising over the cost/benefits and particularly the increased workload, we bought an additional half acre which we now call "The Field".
5 years later and most of the trees we planted back in 2005/6 are already over
head height, and going strong.
|Date||Potted History||1988||moved in|
|1990||patio and wildlife pond|
|1993||stone circle and pergola|
|1993||first open day for the village|
|1994||built additional compost bays|
|1996||fire burnt down hedges|
|1999||first NGS opening|
|2002||large branch blown down from willow|
|2005||planted trees and hedges and sowed grass in field|
|2006||sowed meadow and weeded and weeded and weeded and ...|
|2007||created heart and rhododendron beds|
|2008||created willow bed and birch strip|
|2009||meadow became a "prairie", last of hated hawthorn hedge removed. 11tons of compost|
|2010||retiring. Huge willow tree cut down|
|2011||2 more composts built. Thyme bed revamp. Solar panels installed|
|2012||Horseshoe bed revamp completed (was "dry shade" now "Sunny")|
|2013||hoping for good article this summer in "Garden News" mag. but most of all for good weather!|
|2020||there will be something, not sure what!|
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