Years of the failure of routine maintenance have caused the castle to deteriorate. Gutters have been left uncleared, downspouts are blocked. Water ingress to the basement caused by a broken pipe has been left without repair.
A self sown birch tree grows out of the verandah gutter, cotoneaster out of the wall. This tree has been here a while!
Close up of the tree The branches cut away and a clear view of the quantity of silt in the gutter and the breakage of the glass caused by the tree growth.
This gutter clearance only needed a short ladder and not a great deal of time. Thankfully one of our volunteers has health and safety training.