1st May

Moaning about the weather seems to be a constant theme this year – and not without good reason. Yesterday, at Old Sleningford Farm, there were only four volunteers (including my daughter), and we were all buttoned up in several layers.

However, countryside and rain go very well together I think, especially in any kind of wood or forest. And another reason for several people being elsewhere was the Tour de Yorkshire (cycling race).

carving made by Darren, one of the regulars at the volunteer workday

Yesterday, we were tidying up the Forest Garden for the Hall (of which the farm is part) open day. This included washing the slates giving the names of the fruit trees.

The forest is starting to come alive again. It seems to be taking a long time, but as we are unable to do the workday at the beginning of June we should see a massive difference next time we go.


About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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6 Responses to 1st May

  1. Awesome update thank you for sharing have a blessed day

  2. gaiainaction says:

    Great work Helen, must be nice to work together like that. I just got word from my sis in Ireland that the temperature is only 10C, that is far behind and is more normal in February than in May, plants are behind she says, I hope that it all picks up eventually this year.

    • Helen says:

      First, yes, great to have these discussions and move our collective knowledge forward.

      The temperature has been better here today – got as high as 13.5 degrees. And it should be even better later in the week. Fingers crossed it will be the same in Ireland.

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