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IMG_5290A few weeks ago our goats moved to their new pen and works began to transform their former pen. We’re excited to share that staff and volunteers have been hard at work transforming that former goat enclosure into a fantastic new space for our ducks! As you might imagine, there’s quite a lot of work involved in converting the space including changes to the fencing, the removal of the former goat house, creation of a pond and lots of clearing! Many thanks to all who have helped out!

The works really took off today with a fantastic effort from a large volunteer group from Valero whose many hands certainly made the work lighter! It was all hands on deck as fences were lowered and new fences measured up and installed. Simultaneously, the team set to work clearing, leveling, laying turf, planning planting and putting up the new duck houses! Our ducks will be very happy to move into their new home once it is all finished and we hope our visitors will enjoy seeing them in their fantastic new space too!

Many thanks to team Valero for their help today and to all of our wonderful volunteers and corporate volunteer groups. If you’re looking to strengthen your team by working together outside of the office and help a great cause, why not bring your team for a day of volunteering on the farm. You can find out more about our corporate volunteering programme on our website. Or if you fancy lending a hand as an individual, you can find out more about volunteering at Mudchute here.


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Visitors may have noticed that Alan Scott and his team from conservation specialists Complete Ecology have defied the winter storms and started work on our new Nature Trail, made possible by generous funding from the Tower Hill Trust. Made of natural materials and sympathetically designed, new footpaths and staircases will soon be in place to give our visitors easier access to more of Mudchute’s open space, with way-markers and information boards installed to provide extra guidance. We hope that more of our visitors will feel encouraged to enjoy more of Mudchute’s hidden gems: our wetland area, dead hedge, hazel coppice, apiary and orchard. In addition to the new long Nature Trail around the while site we will also be laying a wheelchair-friendly, all-weather path around our lower field, taking in ponds, trees and wild flowers along a shorter route.


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On Wednesday, we welcomed nearly 100 volunteers from Valero. With so many hands to help, we were able to make great strides in a range of projects across Mudchute. Thank you to all of our wonderful volunteers from Valero as well as to our staff and volunteers for their hard work in preparation for and during the day! More photos and information about just a few of the many projects underway on the next page.
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