I’ve decided to restore the berry patch at Boreat Manor which has long since disappeared and there is nothing for it but to start from scratch. I’m planning something simple and uncomplicated using the old stone walls as a back drop and for protection from the coastal winds. I want the berry patch to be wonderfully decorative and will be attempting to train the fruit bushes into fans along the stone walling. The idea is to cram as much fruit as possible into a small space creating a garden that can be admire in all seasons. With careful planning we (including our guests) should have fruit to pick from May to November starting with gooseberries. Today we have planted blackcurrants and gooseberries shortly to be joined by loganberries, blackberries, blueberries , rasberries and redcurrants. Behind the wall in the courtyard garden raised beds made from old railway sleepers will be filled with strawberry plants and will sit along side the herb garden. Still have a very long way to go though!!