A helicopter and a camera.
Sometimes it’s easy to forget what is going on outside the walls when you’re knee deep in restoration duties. Croome has so many beautiful historic features, and you don’t need to stray far from the gardens to appreciate some of them. Saint Mary’s church looks over the landscape from its strategic position.
The London Arch, as it’s known to us, towers over you as you enter Croome,
and the Mansion sits in its rightful place, at the centre of the stage.
The Rotunda is arguably the most significant of the seven ‘eye catcher’ follies scattered around the park. Located just outside of the Walled Gardens to the south east, it is lined with a magnificant plaster work interior.
Scooby doesn’t care for plaster work, though, because it is not edible.
First you need to clear the paths before you can walk them. Not an easy task if it hasn’t been done for more than 50 years.
Even so, the lias stone work was still in pretty good condition.
Many of these bricks were found scattered amongst the rubble which obscured the main path way.
After a few days of strimming and hacking the brambles, we could start to see what was left of the 40m long Vinery.
Stories of the ‘gun powder plot’ attract occasional references to Croome in the timelines of history.
There are plenty of plots unfolding to keep us occupied for now..
and not a bonfire in site.
The old cobbles around the Dipping Pond are once again revealed.
A large section of the lower east facing wall is swiftly demolished, as development work on the stable block advances under seperate management.
Restoring the broken walls is fundamental and conditional in our plight to restore these magical Walled Gardens. Oh Guys..
We pull focus.
These beds were created for great purposes.
A good time to keep the powder dry
The pains taking process of clearing the site was now approaching its first anniversary. Enough progress had been made to enable us to concentrate on preparing a few small patches for planting. It was a great feeling to reach this first mile stone. We were finally putting someting in rather than taking it out.
This was about to become the Herb Garden. The old climbing rose agreed to oversee this part of the project.
Karen and Roy decide to create a ‘holding bed’ to receive the influx of wonderful plants which kept popping up around the garden. The retreating brambles and self seeders may have had something to do with it. All that remained of the old Orchard House, was the brick borders of the beds. An ideal place for the ‘holding bed’. It just needed a little bit of weeding.