February Volunteer Workday

Shared lunch on a workday

The next Trust Volunteer workday will be on Sunday 14th February, 10.30 – 4pm. We will be continuing with the hedge laying we started last month.

Please contact us if you are planning on coming (so we can let you know if we have to cancel due to bad weather), bring some work gloves (we have tools you can borrow) and bring something to share for a delicious bring and share lunch.

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January Volunteer Workday

The next volunteer workday will be on Sunday 10th January, from 10.30am.

We are planning to start some hedgelaying. All welcome, an ideal chance to work off some of the festive excess in good company!

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Next Volunteer Workday

The next Trust Volunteer workday will be on Sunday 13th December, 10.30 – 4pm. We will be coppicing some Laburnum with the aim of re-invigorating the trees and harvesting some usable timber for building, fence posts etc

Please contact us if you are planning on coming (so we can let you know if we have to cancel due to bad weather) and bring something to share for a delicious bring and share lunch.

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Blas y Byd “Christmas around the world” family workshop

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Blas y Byd African Dance and Music Workshop

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All Year Round – Day of the Dead

Dia de los Muertos. . .
Join us at the next All Year Round for a Mexican Day of the Dead celebration on All Souls Day – November the 1st from 2 – 5pm.
Day of the Dead crafts and face painting, Mexican food, altar making, and more! Come in your best Day of the Dead outfits!Day of the dead

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Blas y Byd China Workshop

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Family Woodland Craft and Play Days

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Mowing a Labyrinth

For the past couple of years I have mowed a labyrinth into the wild flower meadow in the Top Field as part of the All Year Round Summer Solstice celebration we hold here at the Trust. The children really enjoy it, and were determined there should be another one this year.

So, wielding the trusty Austrian Scythe, I went out in the drizzle on Saturday morning to mow. This years labyrinth is based on a simple Chartres design, as found at this informative website.

An attempt to photograph the labyrinth, balanced on top of a gate holding the camera in the air!

An attempt to photograph the labyrinth, balanced on top of a gate holding the camera in the air!

Once the inner circle was established, mowing progressed smoothly. I mowed a series of concentric circles but left stands of uncut grass at the four quarter points in each circle, leaning over the uncut grass to mow a space for my feet then jumping over to continue mowing beyond. Then I went back and linked up the segments in the correct order to create the winding path.

A willing volunteer spent the afternoon walking back and forth through the labyrinth, wheel-barrowing the cut grass out of the maze so that it could be spread and turned into hay. She celebrated the completion of this task by one last uninterrupted, wheel barrow free walk along the path!

The hay from the Labyrinth

The hay from the Labyrinth

If you live locally and would like to visit the Labyrinth, do get in touch. It should be there for a good few weeks yet, before the tide of hay making reaches it.

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Permaculture in Action

The next workday at Dyfed Permaculture Farm Trust (nr Newcastle Emlyn) will be on Sunday 10th May, 10.30 until 4-ish. May is a busy month, but if you find yourself free perhaps you would like to join us for some Permaculture in Action?

Planned activities include continuing the work begun by the SWWPN visit last year on the west boundary of the top hay meadow. We will be installing a new gateway, mainly using posts and material sourced from the land, ahead of moving the fence line to the hedge later in the year.

We will also be installing a second spring water storage tank on the Trust’s “off-grid” water system. The system is maturing now and includes a ram pump delivering spring water for drinking plus an extensive rain water harvesting and delivery system providing water for the gardens and animals. A tour of the system could be arranged if people were interested.

There is also some work to be done in the forest garden areas.

If you would like to come, please contact me to let me know. I can provide directions if needed. Please bring food to share for lunch. Workdays are usually held every second Sunday of the month throughout the year if you are interested in joining us another time.

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