The brush and trees blocked light to the ground. Note the contrast between the bright green grass near the footpath!mudchute-2269

The tree surgeons were hard at work over the past week, helping to remove material from our bank bordering Millwall Park. As a part of our grassland restoration work, we are clearing scrub and trees in order to create an open grassland habitat to support our rare and native wildflowers. This work is supported by the borough of Tower Hamlets. The clearing work is similar to that which we’ve carried out on other banks on the farm, with the help of corporate volunteer groups and which are already showing excellent results.

Trees and fast-growing vegetation such as brambles quickly block the light and take up nutrients that wildflowers need. The aspect of these banks is particularly good for grasslands as they get lots of sunshine. We’ll be using our grazing animals to maintain the banks, keeping grasses short and pruning back new growth. This means you might be able to see our grazers hard at work from Millwall Park. Many thanks to Tower Hamlets and CSG Ushers for their support and hard work on this project.


It takes some pretty heavy duty machinery to spread so much compost.

It takes some pretty heavy duty machinery to spread so much compost.

Grazing makes up a large part of the diet of many of our livestock and ensuring our grass is up to scratch means taking care of our fields. After being nibbled all spring and summer, the fields are looking a little bare and in need of a good feed to improve their condition. We might not be able to control the weather, but we can help enrich the soil. With large grazing fields, we need a lot of compost!

Spreading muck on the big field.

Spreading muck on the big field.

We spread a staggering 250 tonnes of mature compost across our big field with the help of contractors with their enormous machines designed specifically for the purpose. Spreading the compost across the field will distribute nutrients across the pasture and help reinvigorate areas which have been grazed nearly bare. Many thanks to S J Theobald and Sons, particularly Sam and James for all of their help.

As a result of all this activity, the big field will be mucky for a while as the compost washes in and we remove any litter that may have made its way onto the fields. We appreciate your understanding during this work. Thanks for bearing with us as we improve these fields and we look forward to lush green grass once it all settles.


Another project our volunteers have helped bring to fruition is the creation of another field, The Maze Field, which takes its name from a planted maze within it. The new field is located behind the duck pond and is currently the grazing field for some of our rams. They’ve learned the walk down very quickly and are thoroughly enjoying their new wooded field! More photos on the next page and a huge thank you to all of you who helped make this project possible! Continue reading