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unusual garden, unusual problem to make safe - any ideas?



  • natalie 4natalie 4 Posts: 21

    Thanks all for your replies.  I will think about attaching a trellis or iron fence along the wheel-wall.  As someone pointed out, if i'm going to put plants there , the wall will be largely lost anyway!  The other wall with the stoney top is a bit more probematic since it's not flat.  It's got a 20ft drop to a stream.  In the corner where the 2 walls meet i will hopefully have a quarter-circle paving/decking/pebbled area for table and chairs, and so i need some sort of protection at the back from the wind.  So i guess the fence would also solve the problem of keeping the winds down a bit. At the moment its a massive (dangerous) blank canvass so it's even knowing where to start!   

  • natalie 4natalie 4 Posts: 21

    i do like the idea of putting the kids on a rope and just leaving them to it!! image

  • natalie 4natalie 4 Posts: 21

    oh and Andy19 for sure, they absolutely get told to keep away from the wall, but i'm too scared to even go and make a cup of tea just in case one of them decides to do something crazy.  As you say, it's not just my kids, it's those that might come and play and not understand/accept the rules.image

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Derbyshire but with a Nottinghamshire postcode. Posts: 16,387

    I'd put 6 foot high wire mesh all the way along and plant clematis or honeysuckle up it.

  • It's a question of which is more important - the children or an archaeological site. I'd fence the whole grassed area about 2 metres in from the parapets, leaving that 2 metres for maintenance and planting.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 81,466

    Speaking as someone who grew up on a farm and like Andy, learnt to follow the rules I know exactly what he means - however, until your children and their friends are old enough to be reliably obediant, that drop needs fencing.

     I think I'd put in some ordinary round fence posts like these 

    and fix some strong chain link fencing like this  

    It won't look beautiful, but it won't look too out of place, and it's only for a few years and will give you peace of mind which is worth a fortune when you're a parent, believe me image

    You could set the fence a metre or so inside the wall so that you could plant perennials against the wall, then when the fence eventually comes down you'll already have a mature garden. image

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • How about cricket nets?

  • TbeeTbee Posts: 1

    Ever thought about a 'living' fence, such as willow. You can buy kits & it grows quite quickly. Here's a link you may find useful:

  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 20,018

    I would do as Dove says. The children are far too important to take risks with.

    Dordogne and Norfolk
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