As Joy’s been on leave this is a guest post from me (Jess) with a bit of what we’ve been up to over the past week.
We’ve been working hard to repair a fence line and hedge on a Betton Farm boundary. A large gap was made when a vehicle went impromptu off-roading and damaged the hedge and fence which are part of a cattle corral in the field. This enclosure is very important in helping to monitor the health of the herd and needs to be super secure.
Our Monday gang removed the dead hedge and damaged fence from the site, and created a new fence line along the whole stretch, using the tall deer-fence wire. We dug in each post to make it nice and sturdy and put in some straining posts and struts.
On Tuesday railings have been put across the gap (with the help of two work experience students) as an extra precaution - these are big beef cattle next to a very busy road, we don’t want them to mix!
The gap left in the hedge row will be planted up early next year when planting season is upon us once more.
Work is continuing on the Ismore camping field to install gates and a footbridge for improved access. Also Phil, Andrew and others have been assembling Thunderboxes at Smethcote barns for all our working needs!