Creating our new irrigation system

Last weekend saw the arrival of this beast, hired for the weekend to dig the trenches for our new irrigation system! Many thanks to The Big Lottery Fund for making this possible!

The Ditch Witch trenching tool in action

The Ditch Witch trenching tool in action

See how it works? It is like a giant chainsaw cutting into the ground.

See how it works? It is like a giant chainsaw cutting into the ground.

Aha! I hear you say … that is hardly Low Carbon is it?

We do indeed use fossil fuels at The Oak Tree, despite our low carbon aims. Fossil fuels are excellent for specific, specialised jobs like this that would take an awful lot of manpower. We aim to reduce our overall greenshouse gas emissions, in particular by sequestering carbon into the soil with our regenerative agriculture techniques, but we aren’t masochistic about it. If a limited amount of fuel will do a job well, we will use it.

Our new irrigation system will not only make watering our plants far easier by putting water taps close to all beds, including the new beds that we are cultivating from pasture for our new members, it will also make getting water to our animals far easier – we spend a lot of time laboriously transporting water to our pigs and poultry – and with the arrival of the cows next month this is only set to become a bigger job!

It was a real team effort getting the pipes and fittings in place – thanks all!

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