Daffodills are flowering across the farm.

Daffodills are flowering across the farm.

We started March with St. David’s Day and appropriately the first daffodils in flower. It is certainly starting to look like Spring on the farm. You may have spotted crocuses along the paths and the coppice filled with delicate snowdrops. Many trees are also in bloom with catkins and blossom. The most striking of these are our many cherry trees. Despite the recent stormy weather, their delicate cherry blossom display continues and it is hard to miss the chorus of songbirds in the morning.

The days are definitely growing longer and don’t forget we will be changing the clocks (and the farm opening times) at the end of the month when the clocks go forward.

Want to come work with us at this gorgeous time of year? We would love to hear from you! Please email our volunteer coordinator Louise at volunteering@mudchute.org for more information. In the meantime here are some photos we’ve snapped around Mudchute!


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For the last year, George the donkey has been one of our most popular residents. He came to us in a sorry state and thanks to help from some kind supporters, including Sandra Ireland and George Green’s School, we were able to fund the medical care that he needed. He is now in good health although he will continue to need extra attention on an old leg injury.

George is about seven years old, and he has never been neutered, which is why he cannot share a field with our two jennies, Dissy and Snowflake. As donkeys are a herd animal, this means he doesn’t have the companionship that he should have. We also don’t really have the facilities at Mudchute to neuter him, as the procedure is complicated and risky in adult donkeys.

So, after taking expert advice on what would be best for George, we have decided to rehome him to the Donkey Sanctuary in Devon. They have kindly agreed to organise the journey, take him in and give him the care and companionship of other donkeys that he needs. We will be very sad to see him leave, but feel that we must put his welfare above everything else.

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Recent warm weather has brought out the Spring bulbs and coaxed a number of pollinators from their hibernation. Despite snow last week, it is starting to look like Spring may be on its way! Visiting the farm this week? Keep an eye out for the crocuses and snowdrops and listen out for the buzz of queen bumblebees venturing out from their cozy winter burrows.

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