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Grass Bank renovation


I have a 50-60 degrees grass bank about, 5 metres high and 20 mettres long.  It has been sadly neglected over the years by previous owners and the only way it can be tended is by a strimmer and climing boots with crampons!  It is rutted, mounds and dips or godd and rough grass and full of  weeds, including brambles.  By slow degrees, I am killing off the brambles but it still looks sad.  Can anyone suggest how I bring this bank back into something that resembles order.  Incidentially, it is on National Trust land and one of 5 terraced 1850 cottages on a headland of the Isle of Wight with no way a getting a digger - mimi or otherwise - to it.

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    Do you have a photo Jenni?

    • Good morning Phil,

      Thank you for your response.

      Yes, I have taken some photos but know I have given the offending bank a strim I will take some more tomorrow and be in touch again.

      Many thanks

  • are you allowd to use chemicals on it with it bean a NT property

    • Good morning.

      Where we are it is not an issue.  The weeds have more or less been dealt with - it is the ‘lumpy' ground on a severe slope that is the problem.


      • can you dig the bumps off and put them into the hollows to even it out or inport soil then reseed 

        • I have done many heavy duty gardening projects in my time but I can’t seeing digging up clumps of corse tufted grass is an option. This is a bank of a 50/60 degrees slope and if I start digging up clumps and trying to relocate them if we get some heavy rain these parts of the bank could get washed away. I am reluctant to kill off the whole bank and start again and I am beginning to think is my best and only option - perhaps in  strips at a time.

  • It sounds to me you need a gang of determined city business folk, who are looking for a week escape from the city and are willing to pay you to let them dig the sods out of your mound. No innuendos intended. For example, in Killarney National Park, people pay to go for one week and rip out rhododendron saplings that have invaded the park. Same thing in Glenvegh in Donegal.

    The fact that you’re land is on the Isle of Wight, near a National Trust site, might give you this option???

    Remember, “They pay you”. 

    Of course you will have to sort out their accommodations but the worst case you might break even.

    Throw an Ad on to this website or Horticulture weekly, or the Times?

    ps. I have been to Killarney NP and paid them €60 for the week. It was mighty craic! And, No, I’m too busy this year! Lol

    • Now you have got me thinking.  Accommodation is not a problem as this particular bank is in the back yard of our self catering holiday accommodation.  Plug - if we turn the wrong way out of our front door and walk 100 yards we would fall off the cliff into Aulm Bay at the Needles.

      A couple of guys with forks, spades, a rake,  a wheelbarrow and crampons would sort it out in a day.

      best idea yet, Thanks James

  • Wildflower turf. Rotovate and lay at 10 pounds per m.    Impeccable result

    • Sounds excellent. How much of the year will have the aesthetic results?

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