Volunteers Go Hedge Laying Mad

Sunday 14th introduced ten new volunteers to the specialised skill of hedge laying. They were all guided by our long-standing volunteer Andrew who used his knowledge and expertise to teach the enthusiastic volunteers. Two other volunteers who had previously attended training weekends were on hand to lead groups as well. A huge thank you must go to everyone invovled in the weekend, not only the volunteers but also the ‘team’ that ensured it went so smoothly.

There was an excellent atmosphere at the farm with volunteers travelling from York, Southampton and Worcester, as well as locally. Everyone left feeling really excited that they had contributed to the progress of Fordhall Farm whilst learning and practising new skills. They all promised to return with friends and family for future working weekends.

The hedgerow is almost complete along the A53 and is an excellent example of sustainable land management. But do not fret…there are plenty more miles of hedgerow for you all to learn on over the next few years!
Volunteers were so determined they even stayed out in the dark, working by headlights to finish the last few metres. Ultimate dedication. All the valuable work that has been put in over the weekend will be evident for years to come.

We need lots of help for the next volunteer weekend on February 24th-25th as this will be the last opportunity to prepare for the AGM. At this weekend there will be hedge laying training as well as lots of other activities including fencing, painting and other ‘farmy’ things. Anyone interested should either email project@fordhallfarm.com or phone Sophie on 01630 638656. Places must be booked in advance as spaces are limited.

You do not have to have any skills to take part, just enthusiasm!