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A huge thank you to all of our wonderful volunteers! A very happy International Volunteer Day as well!

Tonight we hosted our very first Volunteer Appreciation Day. It was lovely to hear about the important work that volunteers undertake in all of Mudchute’s departments and many aspects of work. Our volunteers lend their valuable and diverse expertise in so many ways and make an enormous contribution. Whether you’ve been a part of the Mudchute family for months or “centuries”, we are incredibly grateful for your time and support!

To find out more about voluntering at Mudchute, visit our website or drop us an email our volunteering team.


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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!

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LBKA-planting-2016-1There’s a meadow in the making on our big field. Last week the London Beekeeper’s Association planted 1200 potted wildflower plants representing 21 native species on our big field. On Friday and Saturday, volunteers first prepared the area by mowing and raking, then introduced the new plants. The team also sowed the area with the seeds of the yellow rattle (Rhinanthus minor), a species which can weaken and suppress more vigorous grasses, which should help the newly planted species.

We hope the new plants with thrive and provide excellent sources of nectar for both the honeybees at Mudchute as well as the many wild bee species living on the farm. These important pollinator species are essential not only for wild flora and fauna, but also play a vital role in producing the food we eat.

Many thanks to the all of the team at the LBKA, Tesco bags of help who funded the project and all of the volunteers who helped out including corporate volunteers from NOMURA bank, Costain, Cross Rail, Neal’s Yard Remedies Covent Garden.

To find out more about beekeeping, please visit the LBKA’s website and Facebook group. You can find out more about the important role pollinators play Save London Bees. Interested in what you can do to help bees? Find out more at http://www.lbka.org.uk/forage.html