A few things to share with you:

  1. Snow
  2. Internship
  3. Spring Celebration
  4. Scythe Course
  5. Cob Course
  6. Gates

Snow

Poor Baggins despises the snow. Especially the kind that forms a crust on top that looks solid and then… crunch! Down you go. So over the last few days he has been sulking. Yesterday morning it had rained and the rain had frozen, encasing everything in crystal clear ice. Looked absolutely stunning but I’m not sure the plants appreciated it much. Walking into Buckfastleigh to get some groceries I encountered a sad sight, a polytunnel flattened, hoops and all by the snow. I was glad I cleared the roof of ours a few hours previously. Now the snow is rapidly melting and the first hawthorn leaves are an intense green against the retreating snow. Spring is coming! We will continue with thursday mornings as our volunteer session for the time being, all hands on deck please to finish off the winter work and get started on spring jobs.

Internship

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Freddie dry stone walling at Stert Quarry Farm

We have now filled our internship vacancy. After a three- week trial, Freddie Job has accepted a place living and working with us for the next year. He’s had a good introduction to hedge laying, gate making and dry stone walling, was well as the gardening work. We also enjoyed a very cold day hedge laying down at Pentiddy Woods. Freddy has taken well to the work, and is enjoying the Aikido lessons too.

Spring Celebration

On Wednesday 21st of March we’ll be firing up the pizza oven for 1pm lunch. My tummy is rumbling already. At 3pm we’ll be stirring the cowhorn manure and spraying it on the land. On Thursday morning at 9am we’ll be stirring the cowhown silica. Please feel welcome to join us for these events but it is very helpful if you can let us know you’re coming. Remember to respect our neighbours by sharing lifts, walking or cycling and by not parking in the lane or along the track. Please bring some pizza toppings.

Scythe Course

We have one space still available so book now if you want it! More details here.

Cob Course

On May the 5th we will be hosting a Devon Rural Skills Trust Cob Building Course here at Velwell Orchard. There are still places available but DRST courses do book up very quickly so book now to avoid disappointment.

Gates

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Cleft chestnut spikey gates

I’m keen to expand my gate making enterprise as it gives me valuable income and a job to do on wet days in the polytunnel. Over the last few years I’ve made quite a few cleft chestnut gates of varying designs. Chestnut needs no treatment, and does not rot for many years. It comes from a small sustainable coppice near Hay Tor. Have a look at my website for more details.

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