Edible Woodland Garden Project Update

Spring is just around the corner and that is why we are looking for volunteers to give a helping hand to a few projects on the land surrounding The Park. In particular the Edible Woodland Garden project, located on the southwest edge of Wilkies Wood and at the back of Soilse and the Barrel Cluster, is really starting to take shape but could do with a little extra help.

As many of you will know the garden has been designed and managed by Ariane Burgess and has received funding from a number of sources; Awards for All (£9760), the Roger Vere Foundation (£300), the James T Howat Trust (£250), the Hugh Fraser Foundation (£1000), Findhorn Windpark Community Fund (£550) and various community fundraising events including the FHG Christmas Tree fundraiser (£500). It is an inspiring long-term, small scale, demonstration project that, after last weeks FHG Saturday work party, now has a fence around it, most of the terraces on the land built and a mixed native hedge planted on its north and east edge. Peter Mackay, a local woods craftsman, is busy constructing some magnificent oak gates from some of the wood donated to the New Findhorn Association (NFA) by Richard Brockbank and all going well these should be hung in the next couple of weeks. It has been a real community project that will be a fantastic educational resource as well as a source of food and inspiration well into the future.

What is proposed is to have four extra work parties that will take place between 9am and 12noon on Friday mornings that is the 6th, 13th 20th and 27th of March. We will meet outside the tractor shed next to the garden and all tools will be provided. We will be completing terraces, digging out a pond, collecting manure, getting started making a creative wooden fence, tidying up, constructing a compost area including sinking a couple of baths for making wormeries, installing some benches, helping to install a recycled water irrigation system and maybe even planting some of the larger fruit trees. If we get all that done there are other land based FHG projects such as caring for newly planted trees and clearing our new wildlife pond area that could really benefit from some help. Let’s see who turns up and how everything goes.

Come and join in the creative fun; all welcomed and appreciated. Tea makers as well as hole diggers needed! Come for an hour or two if that is the time you have available. We look forward to seeing you there.

Warm regards,

Jonathan Caddy,
Convenor, Findhorn Hinterland Group
www.findhornhinterland.org Tel: 01309691877

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