Heavy-duty gardening in Keswick

Clearing out and shredding dead wood in my cloud forest garden in Keswick to replace with a Hazel bush that has outgrown my patio in London. The PPE and heavy boots are required so as not to get slashed to pieces by the vegetation and protect from the noise of the shredder but the effect is to be working happily in a world apart.

Other Hazel bushes in this hedge are doing well so I expect the neighbour’s panel fence to be disguised pretty quickly. The bird-life has moved in already to claim the more sparse hedge: they can’t cope with dense growth. Shredding the cuttings and spreading the chips keeps the material in the garden, the mulch sustains many organisms as it breaks down. And the nettles are growing vigorously around the folly.