Old Thatch is a delighful property

5,000 daffodil bulbs have been planted every year for over ten years to provide the basis of the Spring display and have been supplemented by miniature daffodils and primulas.  They have been provided by Susie Ind of Pimlico Plants and are inherited from her award-winning window boxes in London.

The box hedging has been propagated from an initial 100 plants.  Fruit trees have been gifts from friends and family.  Around their trunks the Olympic Circle flower beds were created in 2006 to hide spent bulb foliage.

The dry stone wall around the cottage was built using stone from the Forest of Dean in 1988. Moisture emerges along the base of this wall from a natural spring, which probably accounts for the location of the old cottage.

A dead tree, beloved by the red kites as their lookout, succumbed to the storms in 2022 and has been replaced by a lime tree (Tilia), which will provide early food for the bees.

A dear friend left a bequest which has been augmented to provide a dream greenhouse. Construction was not without incident as the contractor drove a tractor into the canal when he mistook the pedals. The tractor was not amphibious.

2023 also brought a new landing stage from which Accessible Boating can offer trips on the canal during Open Days.


The Sundial Garden

New landing stage

with bird ramp

New greenhouse