Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Getting in the Moat

Julie and Dave removing the vegetation 

Clearing the edges of the Moat

The moat is an integral part of the picturesque garden at Scotney and it has been unaltered since the mid eighteenth century and has a high archaeological, historical, and nature conservation significance to the garden.

To ensure that the moat is kept to the standard that we require part of the annual maintenance for the moat is to cut back the vegetation around the edges which is done every year during the autumn months.

The main reasons for clearing the vegetation is to stop the plants from taking over the banks of the moat and restricting the flow of the water, and also by removing the dying leaves improves the appearance of the moat.

To carry out the clearing work we have to drop the water level of the moat which we can control by opening and closing sluice gates on the eastern and western sides of the garden. Once the level is dropped, the guys put on their waders or wellies and climb into the moat with a strimmer and cut the vegetation down.

The vegetation has been growing along the edges of the moat for so long now that it has formed a solid carpet of roots that can be walked along which makes it easier for clearing along.

The vegetation is then left in situ at the side of the moat for a few days to allow any wildlife that might have been accidentally removed from the moat to be able to get back into the water again.

The clearance work should take us another few days to complete but we try to get it completed before the weather turns and the moats starts to get cold and icy.

Autumn Colour is stil looking good

Scotney is well know for it's spring interest with the Rhododendrons and Azaleas but what a lot of people forget is that Scotney is amazing for the autumn colour.

The photos above are just a few of what was of interest this morning, the first picture showns the Tulip Tree on the Queen Mother's Lawn with a small Nyssa turning red next to it and the photo below is of the garden from the edge of the Quarry. I will post some more pictures up later this week of more autumn interest.

The gardens are now closed during the week but you can still visit us every weekend up until Christmas to see the work that we do over the winter months, but keep checking the blog as we will update this on a regular basis.

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