Monday, 18 May 2009

Bird walk




We had a great bird walk on the farm this weekend. Twenty five people came for a 6.30 start and we saw and/or heard 32 different species of birds! A great start to the day with a good breakfast and we raised some money too for the parish church.

Saturday, 9 May 2009

Chicks are hatching!




We found some empty eggs on the ground in the wood - evidence that this years chicks are hatching!

Rape in flower



Our oil seed rape is in flower and very beautiful it looks too!

More woodland flowers
















Wood comes back to life









We have been working on restoring our ancient woodland. This is a long, slow job, but each year we see more spring flowers which gives us hope and inspiration. It is amazing to think that the seeds have lain in the ground for decades waiting for the right conditions to germinate. We probably won't see the full benefits in our lifetime, but it makes our time as custodians of the farm special to think that we are making a difference. Check out the photos.

Friday, 8 May 2009

Planting the vines


We have planted a third of an acre (third the size of a football pitch) of vines to make wine. The planting of the "vineyard" is on a very small scale but we will keep you up to date with how they grow.

Wednesday, 6 May 2009

Our plots have germinated







Three or so weeks after planting the cover crops the seeds have begun to germinate may not look like much now but wait a month and see how they grow!