Weekend at Broome Farm, Herefordshire: Sept 2010

Our task at Broome Farm this year was to help regenerate a wildlife area on a neglected wet grassland meadow on the edge of the cider farm.  This involved the removal of willows and brambles which were limiting access to the site (revealing an old metal gate which had been hidden for years), and coppicing the trees near to the brook which runs along the back of the meadow.  The main work was laying a section of hedge (mostly willow and hawthorn) on the boundary alongside the road.  The area has been grazed by livestock in the past, and there is the possibility of the re-introduction of stock in the future.

We achieved a lot in the short time available, and everyone enjoyed the weekend - a great location as always (camping in the apple orchards), excellent food, drink and hospitality, and good weather too.

Link to Broome Farm cider weekend 2009

Site at start of task Preparing to fell a tree
The overgrown site at the start of the task Preparing to fell a tree
   
Clearance prior to hedge-laying Laying the hedge
Clearing the area prior to laying the hedge Laying the hedge
   
Laying the hedge Laying the hedge
Continuing the hedge-laying on the second morning Hedge-laying work
   
Clearing the brook Laying the hedge
Clearing the brook running along the back of the site Laying the hedge
   
Laying the hedge Completed section of hedge
Adding the finishing touches A completed section of the hedge