Monday, 20 August 2018

Ancient walls

Been rebuilding 100m of ancient walls around the lead mining areas in Middleton by Wirksworth. Fascinating as we think some of these walls are pre enclosure because they are vertical. This could be late 1600s or early 1700s. It would appear that some of these have never been built looking at the condition of the stone in the middle of the wall. It's fascinating to wonder who may have built these, what their life was like, and so on.




Rebuilt limestone field walls


Friday, 19 January 2018

Snow stops play



First winter where I have missed days due to snow....I used to love snow...

Trees and walls do not get on!

There are very good reasons not to plant trees near walls. 

The following photos show a wall with holly trees and others planted way to close. The roots grow into the wall and as the wind blows and trees move...well, you know what will happen.

Can't cut these out so they stay under the wall
Where possible I can bridge roots to allow for growth