clay oven update

Not only has the rennovation work of the dairy been completed, so too has work on the clay oven.
We held a fabulous hazel hurdling course back in April and Alan Houseman, who taught the course, also delivered the hurdles he had made, using hazel coppiced near LLanymynech, close to the border with Wales.
The hurdles now surround our clay oven to protect it from the elements and the finishing touch has been a lime wash on the base of the oven, which you can see being painted on by Sharon and Georgina, two volunteers who regularly help in the community garden.
I have also attached a picture of the hurdling course participants; watching and listening intently to Alan. The weekend was a great success with all the participants learning a lot about the tricky art of making hurdles. We were able to host the course with help from the Aggragate Levy Fund, managed by Shropshire Council and as it was oversubscribed we would certainly run it again next year.
Comments from the participants were all very positive, no one wanted the weekend to finish and everyone went home with the a hurdle they had made over the two days of the course. Bex