The Castle

A 'warts & all' account of the transformation of a run-down pub in Bradford-On-Avon into a 'proper' Inn (food pub with rooms). Written by Alex Reilley & Pierre Woodford

Thursday, May 03, 2007

The Gardens

We are fortunate to have two well sized gardens, one that will be for use by the public and another private garden to the rear. The front garden is in the process of being cleared, the old turf taken up and any straggling weeds and small trees taken away to tidy things up (first and second pictures). The garden will be returfed soon to give it a chance to take hold and develop before we open hopefully in mid June. There are going to be wrought iron railings running along the length of the wall by Masons Lane which are being stripped, treated and painted. On the inside of where the railigs are going we have planted some cherry blossoms that will sit in the new lawn and when developed will create a nice bit of shade for the southerly facing garden. At the end of the garden we have a couple of crab apples and a green gage (fantastic for chutneys), whilst on the fenced side there is going to be a rosemary hedge. The main garden will have a large area of lawn for customers to relax on in the warmer months and a paved area with tables and chairs for drinking and dining out side. There will also be a service hatch facing into the garden so customers do not have to stray to far from the sun. The rear private garden (third and fourth pictures) is going to be turned into a herb garden with a section of it being used for an asparagus patch which I am led to believe will produce an abundant crop within four years - yes only four years to wait for home grown asparagus! We may even be able to plant a few other bits and bobs - I think we may need somebody green fingered!


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