A starling bathes in the puddles, but not all farm residents are so please with the wet weather!

A starling bathes in a puddle, but not all farm residents are pleased with the wet weather!

Over the past month, we have been battling the wet and stormy winter weather. The farm has withstood the wind and rain admirably. However, the land is now saturated and as the rain continues, so does its toll on surfaces across the farm. Wellies at the ready!

We would like to improve drainage and enhance eroded footpaths across the site, but we need large volumes of aggregate to do so. Could you help? If your site has a bit of extra road stone (MOT Type 1 Road Stone would be ideal), concrete, scalpings, or any other form of aggregate under 40mm, we would love to help upcycle this for you. We can also reuse aggregate that has been removed during resurfacing works. Given the large areas to cover, we can accept fairly large quantities of material (at least a lorry full!). If you might be able to help, or know someone who might, please get in touch with us by email to farm@mudchute.org. Thank you for your support!

Pot-belled pigs have distinctive pointed ears unlike our other pigs.

Among our November arrivals was Princess, the Vietnamese Pot-Bellied Pig. Upon arrival, we housed her in temporary accommodation in Pets Corner. While a comfortable place for her to get used to life at Mudchute, it was not the ideal enclosure for a pig; and the farm team have been hard at work to develop a more suitable enclosure for her.

You can now find Princess in her new home beside the barn and adjoining Pheasant Crescent. Princess’ new enclosure gives her the comforts of a sheltered indoor area as well as hard standing and access to bare soil to root and wallow (an activity she enjoys now and will continue to take advantage of as the weather warms!). As we continue to add the finishing touches to Pets Corner area, we look forward to welcoming more animals to their new enclosures soon.