Today, had it not been for Covid-19, the garden would have been open as part of One World Group Oxted’s Open Garden scheme. One World Group is an excellent charity improving the lives of some of the World’s most impoverished people. Each year they arrange five local gardens in the Oxted area to open to the public to raise funds to support their work. More info on the Group’s activity can be found on their website here while some photos of the gardens that would have been open are on their Facebook page here.
As a Covid-19 lockdown project we have erected a new signpost to replace the much repaired old wooden one that was at the end of its life. Hopefully this new cast steel one, supplied by Furnitubes Ltd. will last us many years.
This is very much a Spring garden and May is generally the best month for colour.
We are regularly asked how the garden’s menhir, which was erected to mark the turning of the Millennium, got here. The answer is that it came from a worked out 19th Century quarry on Bodmin Moor. In the quarry field boulders were split to make stones for use in construction. To make the splits the masons hand drilled a series of holes, inserted timber plugs and then wetted the plugs to split the stone. In this case the stone split to a tapered shape which was rejected for building work but is just what we wanted. The hand drilled hole marks on the split face are still clearly visible.
The stone was delivered close to its final site on a trailer was then dragged into position and erected using the winch on the Defender. Finally it was concreted securely into position. The menhir weighs just over 3t so the operation required some careful planning.
The garden’s shelter belt of large pine trees suffered a loss today when one of them was blown down blocking the bridleway. By chance we were there to record it’s demise (and also to make sure nobody was in the way as it fell).