back garden site survey

  • size: approximately 70m2
  • ecological value: High Weald AONB
  • landform: slope towards the back of the garden to the west
  • climate: seasons are changing, last few years very sunny and dry in April, rainy, cool summers, warm autumn, mild winters, sometimes with spells of snow and ice, windy
  • microclimate: south-west aspect, shading from fence to the south; sheltered, sun trap
  • walls and fences: fence to the south is low and needed as the garden borders the car park, south-west border is towards the pottery studio the north-west border is joined to our neighbour’s garden, where she has bushy shrubs
  • water: two water-butts of our own, one in this area of garden, nearby is a tap
  • drainage: drainage very good on the top of the slope towards the end of the garden and poorer towards the house near the patio
  • soil: poor quality, clay, compacted, not deep
  • existing plants: garden generally left to its own devices in the last years, ornamental shrubs and roses, now large and woody, large, woody, leaning rosemary, small bed recently made for vegetables, grass and moss, lesser celandine, nettles, large elaeagnus ebbingei and cotoneaster horizontalis; bordering in the car park hazel and elaeagnus ebbingei, bordering the pottery studio roses, elder, buddleia, sycamore
  • history: was an orchard area 30 years ago, then houses were built in the 80s as student accommodation