Ducks unhurt after wall collapses into garden pond
Once one of Axbridge’s prettiest gardens, now the town beauty spot looks like a tsunami hit it.
In fact, the destruction caused to The Rising was likened to a mini tsunami when a wall fell 50ft into the duck pond, displacing the water.
Homeowner Maggie Stanley said her son saw it happen on Sunday, December 23, while he was home for Christmas. She thought maybe the weight of water from recent weather caused the land to slip at neighbouring Church House, but nothing will be known for certain – including a price tag for repairs – until structural surveyors come to inspect.
Mrs Stanley said: “The wall fell 50ft into the water and the water just whooshed out. We have six or seven ducks and fortunately none of them were hurt. They all popped up later. It was really surreal here with five firemen and police about.”
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Mrs Stanley’s neighbour Pat Lonsdale was away in Bruges at the time of the landslip and returned to find about two-thirds of her garden missing on Thursday. She said: “I was shocked to say the least. We are just taking it from here and being pragmatic about it.”
Mrs Lonsdale has lived at the home 26 years and said there were no warning signs the land was going to give way.
Both women praised the actions of Cheddar fire brigade for their help. Mrs Stanley said: “They took charge and gave us all the support we needed and didn’t leave until there was nothing more to do.”
The Rising raised £850 for Axbridge church during an open garden weekend six years ago.