This month we received our community tree pack from the Woodland Trust. The batch is a mix of Rowan, Hazel, Oak, Blackthorn, Dog rose and quite a few other species that will make up an attractive new hedge. It will also provide habitat, shelter and food for invertebrates’ and small mammals. That aside we were slightly daunted by the idea of planting all those trees- but fear not Cubitt Town School soon stepped in. Dark skies loomed overhead, the temperature dipped below freezing, large flakes of snow fell from the sky but that didn’t stop our brave gardeners donning a pair of gloves, picking up a spade and carefully planting the whips.

So today we’d like to say a big thanks to the young gardeners at Cubitt Town, and the Woodland Trust for donating 450 healthy plants.

If you’re a community organisation you could be entitled to free tree packs too:

Every Wednesday children from the Mudchute Farm After School Service attend a nature club. Recently we have been researching wildlife that thrives in urban areas. The farm boasts many colonies of flora and fauna and we’re working to preserve their habitats. We’re also hoping to create new habitats that will be attractive to species not yet colonising the farm. For example you might see piles of logs and dead wood popping up around the farm; these are to invite invertebrates as dead wood provides them with an excellent food source. Pictured is a member of the nature club painting a stag beetle, a globally threatened species and Britain’s largest terrestrial beetle.

For more information on stag beetles visit the Wildlife Trust’s page:

If you’re interested in finding out more about the Children’s After School Service click on the link:

Over the past week we have received a very generous donation of logs, bark and wood chippings from CSG Ushers Ltd, a local tree surgeon who has been working nearby. The byproduct of their work (branches, logs and wood chip) have been put to good use across the farm, providing a nice dry layer underfoot for our goat, duck and chicken pens as well as enrichment in the form of log piles and perches for many of the farm’s animals. The pigs love having a good scratch against their logs and searching for food among them. The goats seem keen on stripping all the bark off their logs and the chickens and ducks are eagerly scratching through the wood chip, looking for insects, worms and other treats. More photos and videos on the next page.

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