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Shirley Turnet


My poor garden was seriously neglected by the previous owners. We moved in December last year, just before Christmas (yes, daft time to move!) and as Spring crept in I realised how badly overgrown things were. Ivy, ground elder, nettles and brambles are choking the borders and trees. One venerable old apple tree was dead and had to come down, and drastic tree surgery needed on the remaining old apple tree from the Orchard days of our plot in Swallowfield. I’m disabled, nearer 80 than I’d like to be, and care for my elderly husband who has Alzheimer’s and dementia. His day is spent with his best friend, the tv. Resources are limited to pay for help out there in my garden, and physically I just cannot do it. The size of the problem overwhelms me, and I’m not sure where to start. I’ve paid for help getting loads of rubble, an old oil drum out of the garden, and masses of football sized flint and breeze blocks removed from the borders, as well as piles of old half burnt paper and the remains of a shed. Now it’s the choking weeds turn. There are some lovely shrubs hidden in the garden, but I don’t know how to rescue them. Help to sort it all would mean so much to me, as my garden is my respite and retreat, a place of healing and re-energising. God Bless.

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