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All change at the Lower lake

January 29, 2015

This time of year the out-doors team have their hands full with a myriad of projects all standing in line for their attention. One such is the path and alders that border the north wall of our walled garden. As you can see below the alder (Alnus glutinosa) trees have been removed and the path renovated. The aim here is to protect the banking to the brook and also to ensure the tree roots do not damage the footings of the wall that encloses the vegetable and fruit garden.

For those of you who enjoy walking our grounds this will mean improved views of the lake and it’s many inhabitants, carp and water fowl.

Interesting fact: alder is noted for its important symbiotic relationship with a nitrogen-fixing bacterium called Frankia alni. The bacterium is found in the root nodules and absorbs nitrogen from the air and makes it available to the tree. In turn, alder provides the bacterium with sugars, which it produces through photosynthesis.

This mutually beneficial relationship improves the fertility of the soil where the alder grows, and as a pioneer species, it helps provide additional nitrogen for the successional species which follow.

The lower lake and brook looking westward toward the orchard.

The lower lake and brook looking westward toward the orchard. Note that the contact with air causes the cut trunks to turn a deep orange colour from their normal pale cream.

Work nears completion to the path adjacent to the walled garden.

Work nears completion to the path adjacent to the walled garden.

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