We considered hiring a mini digger to remove it, but access would have been problematic so Jim set about digging them out, removing most of the soil and then cutting up the stumps with a chainsaw
This is what he removed, three very large tree trunks that weighed a ton.
Once the area was clear we bought in some wooden sleepers. We didn’t go for hardwood railway sleepers as we discovered creosoted ones are unsuitable for use near children and untreated tend to crack, so we bought treated softwood instead – a gamble we hope pays off! The result is an absolutely enormous raised vegetable bed which will be left to settle over the winter before being employed in the spring. It is right opposite our kitchen, so very handy for cooking!
The only other thing we will need to do in the new year is build some sort of fencing around it as we have quite a few rabbits who visit us!