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Photo Article from the Welsh Hovel: Biting the asbestos bullet at last

Tom Winnifrith
Thursday 25 February 2021

Enough is enough. It is time to clear this place of asbestos. I have got a quote and a reputable firm and this weekend it is, nearly, all going. The red-flagged sites are below.

I start with the hut at the bottom of my vegetable patch which is almost entirely made from the stuff. Then there are piles, mostly bagged, stored in the big green barn at the end of the garden. Around the inner fields there are a few other piles of material we had found dumped or buried which we have assembled as we cleared the land. And finally there is the roof of a ghastly black 1950s porch at the end of the house by the annexe. When the roof goes, I can remove its wooden walls and one more eyesore will be dealt with.

There is still some asbestos – the ceiling of the barn which will be the chicken shed and as a wall cladding on what is known as the office, a Victorian add on to the main house. That can be dealt with at a later date. By this time next week, this place will have had almost 90% of its asbestos removed. I was bracing myself for a five-figure quote but was very pleasantly suprised indeed. If I’d known it was going to be this cheap I’d have done it a lot earlier. 

Next up the chicken barn ceiling, its new guttering plus the removal of that great big green barn once it is no longer needed as an asbestos store. 

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About Tom Winnifrith
Tom Winnifrith is the editor of When he is not harvesting olives in Greece, he is (planning to) raise goats in Wales.
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