Shoots and roots

The first wee shoots of the project to co-create a food forest garden here in Hawick started to grow this week. But it was more roots that were the main issue. The paths were overgrown and wobbly…

and it very soon became clear why!

The roots of the pine tree in the corner of the garden had spread across the surface of the ground, lifting the paving stones along the way. Shane and Tom were able to remove this small root and made a great job of the first section of path….

but this huge root will have to stay!

We’ll build plenty of sand over the root and re-lay the flags on top … and hope that the tree, or at least its roots, have done all the growing they need to do.  And we made a start on cutting back the overgrowth too.