The garden in front of 14-11

The garden in front of 14-11

The gardens and woodland are important features of Cedar Chase. We spend a large proportion of the maintenance fees on them, and the Committee works hard to maintain a good standard. Everything on the estate apart from individual back gardens is managed by the Society.

In 2013 the AGM allocated a sum of money to improve and refresh the gardens. We started by surveying the planting around the houses and trying to work out what had been intended by the original designer, Preben Jakobsen. We had some help in this from Jan Woudstra, Reader in Landscape History and Theory at the University of Sheffield, who provided a copy of the original planting plan and wrote a report on the current state of our grounds. Unfortunately Dr Woudstra did not have a copy of the key to the plan, so we spent a lot of time in detective work trying to find out what it meant! A copy of the key was found in our own archives in 2015 and we were pleased to see that we had more than half of it right.

The main refresh works started in January 2015 and the estate initially looked rather bare, but the new planting established itself well and was looking good by the end of the summer.

Trees

Cedar Chase has a large number of trees. A few are close to the houses, but most are in the woodland area to the south. We are considering how this area should be managed, so in 2017 we set off to make an inventory which now lists over 120 significant trees.

Wildlife