A huge thank you to everyone who joined us for our Community Pumpkin Carving Competition. With just two hours to carve, the carving teams created some incredible pumpkins. We had a fantastic time and hope you enjoyed yourselves too. Congratulations to all who took part and to the carvers of our winning pumpkin, the Cheshire Cat! Our courtyard scarecrow adores his new head!
Volunteer teams have been hard at work across Mudchute, cutting back overgrown areas of brambles and nettles. Removing these aggressive, fast-growing species will make light and space for less-competitive wildflowers. And to prevent regrowth, the teams have also been helping to remove the roots of brambles (not an easy task!). The clearing may look harsh at the moment, but the vegetation will grow back and with more diversity in both plant and animal life and will make it safer and easier for our visitors to navigate the farm’s paths. Over the next few days, you may spot wildlife checking the newly cleared areas for a snack. Even as the clearing took place, we were visited by magpies, blackbirds, robins and more!
We choose this time of year to cut back as there are no nesting birds that we might disturb. You’ll also notice patches of cover nearby which we have left for any creatures seeking shelter over the winter. We look forward to seeing what spring will bring to these areas!
A big thank you to all of the corporate volunteer teams who lent a hand over recent weeks. To find out more about volunteering with your team, please see our corporate volunteering pages. We also welcome individual volunteers. So if you might be able to lend a hand, please visit our volunteering pages and do get in touch!
Our much loved donkeys Dissy and Snowflake left Mudchute this morning, swapping London life for a change of pace at the Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth, Devon. The mother and daughter pair have been here on the farm with us for over a decade and will be greatly missed by all. While we are very sad to see them go, we know that they will enjoy making new donkey friends in Devon. We would like to thank all who have helped care for them and helped make their time with us at Mudchute so wonderful. These two have made many friends over the years and we know they will be missed, but we are confident that they will thrive at their new home.