Whilst researching the “Legends and Myths of Wales” (next year’s tourism theme) and checking that the last Welsh Dragon was still fast asleep in Radnor Forest, I discovered some of the HoBB history still online.
A website (The Wayback Machine) has archived some of the HoBB’s first website. The page files are not accessible but here’s three screen shots of our first online gallery:
The HoBB Gardens are in their infancy, sandwiched between the remains of the C12th Castle of Cnwclas, one mile to the East, and the original site of its vineyards to the West. The Vineyards are gone and the land is in private ownership but one of the owners carefully planted out a few acres as a wonderful new “Garden for the Blind”. The whole area is now thought to have been first tended by the Monks of Abbey Cwmhir.
There’s still evidence of some 18th Century plantings and the original farm layout has been retained, being supplemented with ‘edible’ walls of local oak and less edible stone. In our renovations and additions, wherever possible, we are designing around existing features, levels and planting. New terraces are being added to extend the gardens (left) towards the South.
Number 1: Heyope Bod view towards the source of the Ffrwdwen Brook
No. 2. Oak Bod
2a. Original Sheep Bod (presently housing plans of the World of Water Aquaponic units)
3. Wood Store. Wood Bods. Greenhouse over water store.
4. Potting Sheds and kudo
5. UV filter and Tank Bod
6. Spring water supply tanks
7. Willow Wood
8. HoBB Barn
9. HoBB Cottage
10. Greenery & Hide
11. Greenhouse for vegetables
12. Site for Duckboat Pond
13. Two-Oak Spring
14. Hedera Walk
15. Vegetable Garden Screenhouse
16. Water Meadow
17. Road run-off water tank
18. Vineyard and former ‘Garden for the Blind’ (Now privately owned)
Here, everything is done ‘bit by bit’, and from early Spring, friends and student volunteers enjoy the Gardens and lend a hand with the garden’s restoration and construction plans.
Friends throughout the year come for a quiet country break, to meditate, or to work through some important thoughts – ‘whatever’. It is vital to have a peaceful environment for the two main areas of HoBB activity: ‘Progression & Well-being’.
Garden Phase I – the harmony of Wood with Stone
Many elements are working in unison to create the HoBB. The Chinese ‘five elements’ of EARTH WOOD WATER FIRE & METAL … are with us.
The AIR can be windy.
The SUN sometimes hides
But with a lot of understanding and practical application, The HoBB is growing well.
Certainly all FLORA, and FAUNA, have increased since we started to put our energies into the
gardens. We have created a range of new ‘habitats’ and have many more planned out, using a 300 section grid of the site. (Fifteen of the sections are shown below in a small scale.)
Section by section we work out what needs to be done throughout the year, …. bit by bit.
Tasty projects are always best done in ‘bite-sized’ sections.