We were pleased to host a visit from a team of Environment Agency (EA) staff in January. The EA offer their staff two days a year where they can get involved in activities which benefit the environment. With the Oak Tree Farm’s low-carbon ethos, focus on environmental sustainability and use of regenerative agriculture techniques, the Farm seemed a good choice.
The idea came from two of our lovely farm members – Trev and Helen who work for the EA. When they suggested it we immediately said “yes please!”
They and their colleagues would get a day out of the office, away from their usual routines. And, the Oak Tree Farm would have practical help with some urgent tasks that we would otherwise have struggled to find time to get done ourselves. It’s a winner all round.
So, on a foggy Friday morning (the sun did break through later), we were delighted to welcome 17 volunteers from the Environment Agency. They brought with them a wide range of professional skills, tools, and lots of enthusiasm! After some introductions, a quick look around the farm and a few words about health and safety (we had earlier shared a risk assessment), the team got going.
A key task was to remove an existing, damaged fence and replace it. And also, to create a new fenced enclosure with shade/wind netting. The team had professional skills in fencing and we have never seen a fence go up so quickly and so professionally – wow! They also put their carpentery skills to good use in constructing an archway out of recycled materials 🙂
They also helped with hand-weeding and dug over some of the beds, covering them with landscape fabric to suppress the weeds until we plant our crops.
There was also time for a tea break and lunch and some cuddles for the cat!
Thank you everyone, you were brilliant, we are very grateful to you! We hope to see you again 😉