Our own ewes have not delivered their lambs yet, but today we welcomed two new “orphan lambs” to the farm, Bo and Belle from a farm in Norfolk. The two lambs are Texel crosses and are are not orphans per se, but rather the result of triplets or other multiple births. Ewes struggle to raise more than two lambs at once, so additional bottlefeeding is required to keep them healthy. We’ll be helping to raise Bo and Belle for the next few months and you’ll be amazed by how quickly they grow! The lambs were only born on Monday (March 23rd), so they’re still a bit shaky on their hooves, but will grow in confidence and mischief with each passing day! Come visit them in Pets Corner!
We are very excited to be relaunching the Mudchute Shop this week with a brand new look and merchandise. You can find our shop located in the Main Courtyard, just opposite Mudchute Kitchen. The new shop offers plenty of traditional treats as well as locally produced goods and Mudchute branded merchandise.
From opening (Saturday, March 21st), the Mudchute shop will be open from 10am-5pm daily, so be sure to stop by on your next visit!
Volunteers make a huge difference, contributing across Mudchute. Here is an update from volunteer coordinator, Louise.
At the moment, the farm is blooming with daffodils, crocus and snowdrops, the trees are budding and the bees are out searching for early spring flowers to make into precious honey. Our volunteers have been working very hard, caring for the animals and doing essential tasks to get Mudchute ready for spring.
The new Wednesday Horticulture volunteer group has done amazing work – Coppicing the Hazel Copse, using the wood to make fence posts, gathering materials for the ‘Dead Hedge’, planting spring bulbs and clearing brambles.
In the half-term holiday the 2nd East London Scouts Group kindly came to help with some of the bigger jobs in the Park. The Beavers planted spring bulbs and had a tour of the Farm with Tracy Cross, who always makes meeting and feeding the animals such fun! The older Scouts made fantastic progress on the ‘dead hedge’, next to the wildlife pond, collecting materials from the woodland and building over 12m of hedge! A terrific, fun day was had by all and Mudchute wishes to thank the Scouts, Pack Leader Mike Leggitt and all the other parents and Leaders for their wonderful enthusiasm and true community spirit.
Are you interested in volunteering at Mudchute? To find out more, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.