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!

As many of our regular visitors will have noticed, Pets Corner has been undergoing refurbishment works for several months now. We are in the process of redeveloping our small animal enclosures to improve them for both our animals and visitors.

Earlier this summer, we moved our small animals to their temporary enclosures and stripped out the fencing and supports of the previous enclosures. Since then we’ve laid new flooring, constructed new supports and a new roof that lets the light in, but keeps the rain out. This work was only made possible by the help of staff, volunteers and corporate volunteer groups. We’ve been working on creating cladding for the walls of the enclosures by upcycling the wood from wooden pallets. Progress has been steady until now, but has now slowed as a result of a recent incident. Two weeks ago, we were victims of a break-in, with the thieves stealing all of our power tools. This represents a significant setback to the Pets Corner project as well as other important jobs around the farm.

We still need more wooden pallets to complete the project.

We still need more wooden pallets to complete the project.

We would love to be able to resume work as soon as possible, but can’t do so without your help. We urgently appeal to you for any spare power tools, particularly those which were stolen from the farm, including:

  • cordless drills
  • angle grinder
  • belt sander
  • mitre saw
  • reciprocating saw

We would greatly appreciate your help. Alternatively, if you can volunteer your building expertise, loan us tools, or donate your time or that of your team, please let us know. We are also still looking for wooden pallets to upcycle into cladding for Pets Corner. If you might be able to help or know someone who can, please get in touch with us via email to farm@mudchute.org.