Superman at Veddw – cutting the Hornbeam Arch

by AnneWareham on June 15, 2016

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There’s got to be a better way. Permanent scaffolding inside the arch? Or would getting an extension for the tower be enough??

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Arrival of the Tower

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And then it started to pour down.

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First ascent through a flap.


Pete waits for Jeff to fall off….


Up the middle now – this is the dodgy bit. Platform mounted on steps going down to the meadow.


Piles of clippings accumulate.


Sides next. Pete is hard at work round the back.



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All the fun possibilities with a Tower….

Jeff’s comment?  “A good work out and only one near death experience = result.”

Relief all round..

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Katherine Crouch June 15, 2016 at 2:10 pm

Phew! When I talk about low(er) maintenance gardening to clients I do indicate the perils of large hedges, topiary and pleached lime screens. Wonderful building blocks for many a garden, but also a rod for your own back in mature years…yours and the hedge’s…..

Veddw would be a lesser garden without such chunky green elements but I dread to think of the cost of the upkeep of the hedges alone. Keep it up Anne and Charles xxx

AnneWareham June 15, 2016 at 4:43 pm

And Jeff… we’ll do our best. Xxxx

Kev theYank June 15, 2016 at 7:39 pm


Kev theYank June 15, 2016 at 7:40 pm

….and YIKES!!!!!!

AnneWareham June 16, 2016 at 4:01 pm


Pat Webster June 19, 2016 at 5:04 pm

Reading this post I was holding my breath. Surely nothing awful was going to happen… and with only one near death experience, I guess it didn’t. Glad it is over, though. Is this a once/year job?

AnneWareham June 29, 2016 at 11:44 am

Sometimes twice a year. Yes – we need a better way! It always goes background at the time (like now) when it’s done because we’re so over busy. Then we forget. Scaffolding, I think…. Xx

Amy Murphy August 10, 2016 at 12:16 am

I’ve always wanted a hornbeam arch. Your post has not cured me of wanting one, but it has reinforced why I don’t have one!

AnneWareham August 10, 2016 at 9:34 am

That’s a wonderful thing about the garden, really. No-one should ever be jealous because of what it involves. A surveyor recently told us that the property value here would be nothing. Because no-one would want to take on the garden…