Footpaths from reclaimed and recycled materials.
We will be hosting a volunteer workday at Dyfed Permaculture Farm Trust on Sunday April 15th from 10am – 4pm.
Join us and members of the South West Wales Permaculture Network as we create footpaths from reclaimed and recycled materials to improve access.
Please bring contributions for a bring and share lunch. There will be a swaps table, so if you have any spares seeds, plants, pots etc etc that you want to share please bring them along.
Contact us if you need directions or more information
This work is being supported by Paramaethu Cymru, The Permaculture Association’s strategic network in Wales.
Join us for an All Year Round celebration of the spring on Sunday 25th March, 2-5pm.
We will be having a go at making beautiful eggs like these, planting potatoes in the AYR garden and cooking snacks on the fire.
Suggested donations towards the cost of the event – £3 for first child, £5 for two or more.
For Imbolc on the 11th of Feb (2-5pm at the Dyfed Permaculture Trust) we will be spring cleaning ourselves with home made face packs, bath scrubs and other all natural pampering products. Bring a jam jar or two.
There will also be games with a spring cleaning theme.
Croeso i bawb! All welcome!
Usual donation plus some extra for pamper product ingredients for those indulging.
During this weekend workshop you will help build a composting toilet at Dyfed Permaculture Farm Trust.
Led by an experienced timber builder, you will learn about the benefits of composting toilets, the principles behind the design and fully construct a compost toilet housed in a simple timber structure.
The tried and trusted design uses a modified wheelie bin to contain the waste. The toilet is housed within a simple wooden structure. It includes a hand washing basin using rainwater harvested from the roof.
The result is an ecological toilet that is pleasant to use and easy to maintain.
Dates: 21st October and 22nd October, 9am – 5pm
Cost – £80 / weekend (£60 concession)
Camping / caravan accommodation is available for Saturday night – see http://dyfedpermaculturefarmtrust.org.uk/camping/
For more information and to book contact Michelle Laine
Tel 01559 371485
The Trust has 6 acres of wild flower meadows. Hand hay making plays an important part in their management.
Below is a short video that will give you an idea of the kind of work we are doing.
Our next All Year Round Celebration will be for Lammas. Join us from 7pm on Tuesday 1st August for songs around the fire. Overnight camping welcome by arrangement.
Privet Hawk Moth
Here is the full list of species of moths identified during our recent Moth Celebration. It’s worth a read just for the wonderful names. Thanks to Sally Hall for helping us identify them all, and to Isabel Macho of Carmarthenshire County Council for lending us the moth trap.
I have also included a list of bat species kindly recorded for us on the same night by Laurence Brooks.
MOTH TRAPPING 24 June 2017
Land at Bach y Gwyddel, Cwmpengraig/Penboyr SN35036
Green Oak Totrix
3 Large Fruit-tree Tortrix
2 Barred Fruit-tree Tortrix
3 Apotomis betuletana
3 Endonia lacustrata
3 Chrysoteuchia culmella
6 Small Magpie
3 Udea olivalis
3 Buff Arches
2 Sharp-angled Carpet
5 Small Rivulet
2 Grass Rivulet
2 Common Pug
6 Clouded Border
2 Sharp-angled Peacock
2 Mottled Beauty
4 Brussels Lace
2 Common Wave
4 Elephant Hawkmoth
3 Poplar Hawkmoth
2 Buff Tip
8 White Ermine
6 Buff Ermine
3 Heart and Dart
7 Flame Shoulder
9 Large Yellow Underwing
3 Small Square Spot
2 Triple-spotted Clay
2 Pale-shouldered Brocade
Poplar Hawk Moth
3 Dot Moth
3 Rufous Minor
5 Marble Minor
2 Middle-barred Minor
2 Common Rustic
2 Burnished Brass
6 Silver Y
2 Beautiful Golden Y
8 Straw Dot
Bats – Number of passes by each species recorded on the detector were:
9 common pipistrelle
26 soprano pipistrelle
1 brown long-eared bat
3 Natterer’s bat
2 unidentified Myotis species
Join the All Year Round group from 4pm on 24th June for an afternoon of fun and activities (including wildflower labyrinth and moth themed crafts) followed by a bring and share supper and camp fire. We will then be setting up a moth trap at dusk.
Those who would like to camp over in the wildflower meadows are welcome to; otherwise come back for 10am on 25th June to help identify the moths that have been trapped and release them back into the wide world. Sally Hall has kindly agreed to help again – her services were invaluable last year.
To give you a taste of what to expect, some lovely pictures of the beauties we saw last time can be seen to the right.
All Year Round ask for donations of £3 per child to cover costs, with sliding scale of discounts for families with more then one child. If you would like to camp, a suggested donation of £7.50 per family can be made to Dyfed Permaculture Farm Trust.
Dyfed Permaculture Farm Trust will be holding a (slightly late) open morning on Saturday 8th July for National Meadows Day.
The Trust manages a 20 acre smallholding in West Wales, including six acres of traditional meadow, rich in species such as Yellow Rattle and Greater Butterfly Orchid.
Activities will include a tour of the meadows, scything demonstrations and talks on managing meadows and hand hay making. You will also be able to walk amongst the flowers along a specially mown wildflower labyrinth. Pictures of the labyrinth mown in 2016 can be found here
The next All Year Round gathering will be on 19th March, from 2pm at Dyfed Permaculture Farm Trust. We will be doing some paper marbling. There will also be a treasure hunt, more seeds to plant in the AYR garden and, as always, a warming fire and time to talk and play.
Croeso Cynnes i Bawb