3 acre blank slate with a river, spring and steep slope!
Hello everyone! I have a question about starting from scratch. When I say scratch I mean the land has been fallow for at least 10 years and was possibly only ever cut for silage. The house is on well water which turns out to be a spring that flows down the side of the house. The 0.75 acre plot behind the house is very wet. It has a lot of gorse and reeds, and slopes down to a river. At the river there is evidence of bedrock. The area we are in is managed forest and bog land.
My concern is the land slipping or the top soil disapearing if we were to cut back and remove the gorse and reeds. The remainder of the land is very thick grass with Hazel, Birch and Oak trees.
Does anyone have any recommendations about how to manage the land before we start looking into landscaping? We were thinking of digging in proper drainage for the land much like farmers would do on very wet fields. I would imagine this would need to be done quickly so that if we have another very wet few months we don't lose all the top soil and then some.
Does anyone have some places that have made use of a sloped garden and a river side location? I am based in Ireland but I am originally from Yorkshire; the area is very strikingly similar to the Dales and the Moors. We would like to encorporate the river into any design and would love some advice, some 'heads up' and inspiration if people have it!