Our home was built in the late 60's early 70's and is somewhat exceptional compared with many other large built estates of that era. I comes with a really good sized garden and drive and there is a reasonable distance between our neighbours. When we purchased the house in January 2012 we soon had solar panels installed. We also had a number of leylandii trees removed to provide space for raised vegetable beds. We also bought and built a greenhouse, which we found did not get enough sun, so moved it a few years later.
We try to grow some of our own vegetables and fruit, but we are not that green fingered and most of them come to nothing worth a mention, but we persist. In recent weeks we have started to replace some of these beds with deeper ones in the hope that it will improve our crops.
We see wild life in our garden that includes woodpeckers, green and greater spotted, and a moorhen, bought to us by our cat and returned to freedom in the local village. We see a lot of Goldfinches and Blue Tits but rarely a sparrow. We have discovered frogs and toads when moving garden pots around. In the evening we often can see bats flying around.
Within a half mile there is access to public footpaths several of which we explored extensively during the pandemic.