11 Bags! I spent all morning gathering leaves up at the Lodge. They were in drifts a foot (30 cm) to 18 inches (45 cm) thick. There were all sorts: Beech, Scarlet Oak, English Oak, Sweet Chestnut were the most common. I began with the garden vac and ended up scooping them up by hand as being faster than continually emptying the vac.
While working among the shrubs I spotted the flowers on this Skimmia. I think it is a variety of Skimmia japonica but as it was donated from "The Mate's" over grown bed I can't be sure.
Bag disposal was 3 to Kanyl for the making of leaf mold and 8 into the garden waste recycling skip at the local
tip recycling centre. As if 11 weren't enough there are more to come, I have yet to complete the job.