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Sue Tatman

Sue Tatman

  • Date Joined: 11 Jun 2007

First day of Build

Posted by Sue Tatman on 09 Jul 2007 at 07:48 PM

Our first day building our garden at a slightly soggy Tatton Park. What will be our garden is a rectangle of bare earth. The morning is a series of deliveries; building materials, a cement mixer and generator, and the timbers for our wooden back wall. This wall will be built of oak sleepers, nearly 2 tons of them. They all have to be planed, sanded, and painted with wood stain. We also start digging out the garden. Part of it will be a sunken area, so we need a big excavation. To save time and our muscles we have a mini-digger to do most of the work. 

We also have a team of helpers, volunteers from Barclays Bank. Soon they are all busy preparing the timbers and helping build the wall. 

Half way through the morning the skies darkened and we were subjected to a brief downpour - everyone huddled under our small gazebo. The weather could be a big problem, more showers are forecast for the rest of the week. The ground is sodden, and the car-park is getting badly churned up already. The metal track-ways around the site itself will stop the show ground getting too muddy, but the grass around the garden is looking the worse for wear already.

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