Many thanks to J B Riney & Co Ltd for the donation of several benches. With the help of our wonderful corporate volunteer groups from Barclays and HSBC, these benches are being lovingly restored and installed across the farm. We hope they will provide a welcome place for you to rest your legs and an opportunity to take a pause from the hustle and bustle to soak up the scenery, watch the wildlife and enjoy our patch of East London Countryside. Thank you again to all who helped make this work possible!
Autumn is the prefect season to tidy up. With a wet spring and hot summer, brambles and bindweed have been growing vigorously across the farm and scrub has taken over in certain areas. Clearing these areas during Spring and Summer can be tricky as we don’t want to disturb nesting bids. But youngsters will have left by the nest now, so we can now safely cut back. Cutting at this time of year also means we can remove any overgrowth before invertebrates begin to hibernate. After doing an incredible job clearing up our ponds. Team RBS tackled our entrance near Mudchute DLR station and it’s already made a huge difference.
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.