What to do with this

This is the back of an outbuilding that we have.  Inside this we store the lawnmower and process the poultry but we’ve another idea for what we want to put in there.  I’ll post about that another time.
Today I am interested in the back of it.  What a waste of space.  It’s not as simple as it looks to find a solution though.  The sheep live here, so they will eat anything we plant.
Not only would the sheep eat anything, looking at the ground here, I’m not convinced we’re get a spade in it!

 Something, not sure what, is left over here.  There’s a semi circle that you can’t quite make out, but maybe something was planted in it years ago.  I’ll see if the neighbours know.

 Speaking of neighbours, I can’t put anything high in here as to the right we have the only part of our area that is overlooked by my lovely neighbours and I wouldn’t want to block their view.

So I am just not sure what to do here, it seems wasted and unloved.
If you stand with your back to the barn, you face our field, but before you get to the main field there is a mass of trees.  They are very pretty but in the way.  They will have been planted as a wind break or noise break but as we’re planting up the river bank with trees (which is directly behind these again), they aren’t required here.
The conker tree in the far left is very pretty
Access to the field is past the sheep, round the corner of the trees.
 We’re giving serious thought as what to do with these.  Some have come down an provided us with wood, others are being eaten by the sheep so will also come down.
Do we house animals in here, chickens, sheep, pigs, goats etc?  Do we pull them all down and turn it to grass to give us much needed extra grazing land?  The ideas go on.  It’s worth nothing there us a slope from the edge of the grass down to the field in which the trees are growing.  I’ll have a think over the weekend,  Have a good one everyone 🙂

Riverbank transformation – part 2

At the bottom of our field we have the river.  There’s a decent sized river bank there too, which runs the full length of the field.  I’ve mentioned the riverbank in a previous post, as I felt it’s such a shame to let it go to waste. 
Therefore we have been putting new trees in behind the fence and far enough away so the horses can’t lean over and eat them.  This weekend saw us planting 4 more along side the previous 3.  It’s a bit later than people say you should plant them but they’re be fine I am sure.
We loaded up 2 wheelbarrows with everything we need to get the job done and the whole family trooped off to get the job done.  The kids were smiling and the dogs happy to investigate the field.
Steven did all the heavy manual work as normal and I was there handing out what he needed and making sure the dogs didn’t escape and the kids didn’t take an unplanned swim.

We now have:
Hazlenut Kentish Cob
Hazlenut Red Cracker
Victoria Plum * 2
Gage Tree – Reine Claude Doree
Mirabelle Tree – de Nancy (Plum)
Quince Tree – Vranja

The last 4 on my list above (which is why I have 2 Victoria Plums) were on offer for £5 from dobies and I am very pleased with them.  We planted them yesterday with the usual couple of buckets of muck and a bucket of water from the river and staked them in for support as it can get windy over there.
So the riverbank transformation is starting to take shape.  I’ve not planted any of the herbs down there yet as they’re still a bit small and probably delicate, so I’ll bring them on a bit in the veg garden first.
 
 
 
 The hazlenuts and first plum tree were planted on 15th April (almost 1 month to the date) and have gone from this
 
 to this:
 
 They’re looking very healthy and seem to like their new home!
I plan on getting more trees a long here as they’ll also act as a windbreak and noise barrier from the railway line which is behind them on the other side of the river.