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
The next Trust workday will be on Sunday 26th February at 10.30 am.
We will be working on the permaculture garden and other plantings around the barn; weeding, mulching and maybe adding some new plants. We will also be pruning and re-weaving the willow sculpture.
All are welcome, please contact us if you would be interested in coming along.
Late last summer the ITV Wales programme “Coast and Country” came to talk to us about scything and hand haymaking here at Dyfed Permaculture Farm Trust.
The episode is available here. Coast and Country, Series 4, Episode-17
The part recorded at the Trust starts at 11 minutes and 30 seconds
All Year Round’s first gathering for 2017 will be for Imbolc on the 5th of February, here at the Dyfed Permaculture Farm Trust, 2pm-5pm.
We will be making a wheel of the year garden, planting some Imbolc seeds and enjoying some fabulous storytelling from the wonderful Pamela Gaunt