- The lawn crossing must not impede mowing, other forms of gardening, garden parties, access to outbuildings (sheds), or any other current garden activity.
- The route through the rose bed must be sympathetic with the cosmetic and artistic needs of the garden, and must not impede planting and maintenance activities.
- It must be possible still to use the clothes-drying area for its intended purpose.
- Any broken or unsightly fence panels exposed by ground clearance must be rectified.
- Detailed designs must be discussed and agreed with the GPA prior to implementation. Aspects to be considered will include appearance, practicality, maintenance requirements, and effect on other garden users.
- The lawn is crossed by a multi-arch viaduct (loosely based on Glenfinnon, Shepton Mallett and similar). This includes a 6-foot long section which is easily removable. The viaduct traces a graceful curve in sympathy with the garden.
- The route through the rose bed has been agreed. Several roses have been transplanted to a better locations, and "sacrosanct" plants identified.
- The clothes dryer has been moved forward to make room for a 6' deep shed while remaining screened from the house by the trellis.
- Three panels and one post of the neighbour's fence have been replaced, and the remainder painted.
|A first trial assembly of viaduct components.|
|First tentative steps onto the lawn.|
|New fence panels behind the site of the still-to-be-built shed.|
|Optimising the route.|
|The lawn is crossed!|
|Marking the route through the rose bed.|
|First passenger train (on temporary rails).|
|Another trial train.|
|A Dragonfly checks out the new additions.|
|The viaducts with painting under way.|
|A panoramic view. The removable section is still in white primer.|
* The current composition of the Garden Planning Authority (GPA) is as follows: Chairman; co-opted as required. Display and horticultural authority; Penny. Technical authority (non-horticultural); me. Consultants; Jan and Gerald.