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Friday 7th February.
This week I thought I ought to introduce you to some of the wilder, but no less interesting, parts of Glyn Bach.
We have found an absolutely brilliant traditional sign painter, Derek Jenkins, from Narberth.
(look for 'Jenkins signs' on Facebook).
So at last we will be clearly seen from the road.
We have been working really hard on the garden before storm Ciara hits.
This will be a new shaded area for the Monarda collection. As we are exhibiting at RHS Tatton this year we will need all the help we can get to either hold flowering back or bring it on.
Glyn Bach occupies a low hill next to the Eastern Cleddau river.
At the far end is what we call 'sunset view'. Here we can look west down the river valley.
This was once a very important slate quarry which nature has now reclaimed.
In this area we have installed an Owl nest box, bat and other bird boxes.
This is the area just below 'sunset view'.
To the right we have reinstated hazel coppice.
The rocks are 'Bluestone' (of Stonehenge fame). We presume this was quarried some considerable time ago.
Behind where I am standing to take the photo is a stone causeway which crosses the end of the garden but then ends abruptly. This was built just before the First World War, to take stone from the quarry to the bridge just below the garden. Unfortunately most of the quarry workers did not return from the war so the causeway was not finished.
Quarry trucks were on rails, some of which still remain in the garden.
On the top of the hill there are several piles of large Bluestones.
We have no idea why they were all gathered together.
We are still clearing bracken and bramble from this area so year by year the underlying bluebells are reappearing.
This is a trench which was dug by the Home Guard during the Second World War. (A local person remembers the Home Guard digging it).
It is on the top of the hill overlooking Pont Hywel Bridge and was designed to protect the bridge should an invasion occur.
This footpath links the trench and sunset view.
Here we have a good selection of naturally occuring trees, such as Beech, Oak, Ash, Sycamore, Holly, Birch, Wild Apple, Hazel and lots of wild Cherry.
This is one of the first areas we managed, as a result the bluebells are spectacular in May.
This is the corner leading to the far end of the pond.
These are some of the rails which we presume came from the quarry.
We have dug lots of ditches to try to lower the water table in this area. Some ditches we have enlarged to provide spawning opportunities for frogs (All the toads spawn in the pond).
Apart from planting some willow (great for the bees), we have left this to the Meadowsweet and Ragged robin which are really happy here.
This is a small detail from one of our internal boundary walls. We believe it was meant to provide shelter to small livestock such as ducks.