Newsletter January 2022

NEWS

Building a Cornish Hedge

Thanks to Dave and Chris for inviting Wildlife Groundswell volunteers to take part in building a Cornish hedge at Rosuick Farm on 2nd December. Cornish hedges have earth between two walls of stone, and are frequently planted with trees. Other native plants colonise the walls and so the hedges provide a rich wildlife corridor.

Agroforestry with Chris Jones, of Woodland Valley Farm

Farmers, landowners and other interested people attended a farm walk in early

December at Woodland Valley Farm, Ladock. Chris showed us his style of agroforestry, with trees planted in a steep sloping field in several vertical double rows, protected by electric fencing. He plans to create more strips of woodland following the contours of the land, and to manage the field with mob grazing.

Beavers

Chris showed us his beaver enclosure where beavers are creating a rich wooded wetland landscape rich in wildlife.

December Monthly Sunday Lunch

There was a festive feel to this December shared lunch, in part due to the location.  Diana's son Hugh had kindly allowed us the use of his yurt in the orchard next to his home in Ponsongath - from the outside a green roundhouse, plain, simple - however, once we entered, it was almost like a scene from the Arabian Nights.  At the centre a woodburning stove was burning brightly, with comfortable sofas and rugs on the wooden floor, soft lighting and music in the background. Gathered together were Maggie, Prue, Gilly, Lizzie and John, Sandy, Gary and their beautifully behaved, friendly retriever, also Sal and Diana.

Unfortunately Carey, who made the pot of totally delicious soup, was absent due to a heavy cold. Everybody brought food to share and the mince pies were another reminder of the season, the Solstice and Christmas.

Getting to know each other is one of the bonuses of these Sunday lunches and they are the foundation to expanding our shared knowledge and desire to benefit the biodiversity and connectedness of the Lizard Peninsula.

Diana Wilson.

FUTURE EVENTS

Monthly Sunday Lunch 16th January 2022 12.30 -2pm

Roaring Stile, Grugwith, St Keverne TR12 6RQ

This will be outside if the weather is fair, otherwise in a high-ceilinged, well ventilated room. Please bring a plate of food to share, your own plate, bowl, cup and cutlery. Soup will be provided.

To confirm a place and to request directions: wildlifegroundswell@gmail.com 01326 280092

COMMUNITY MESSAGEBOARD

Agroforestry

Forest for Cornwall- offer of support.

A message from Stephanie Hinde of the Forest for Cornwall who helped to host the Woodland Valley Farm event described above:- "We are keen to hear from landowners with any suggestions for further events you’d like to see, or if you have a farm and some agroforestry plans to show – we’re keen to support ongoing discussion on key subjects of interest in the field. Please contact us or get in touch through our Let’s Talk page here: https://letstalk.cornwall.gov.uk/agroforestryincornwall where you can also add your agroforestry project to a map so we can track what’s happening where in Cornwall, and ask any questions for others on the discussion forum. You can also get in touch with us via this email ForestforCornwall@cornwall.gov.uk ” 

Sign up to the Forest for Cornwall Newsletter click here

Woodland Trust - Agroforestry Grant.

The Woodland Trust have a grant scheme for agroforestry – the "Trees on your Farm" grant, open for applications to plant next winter. More information and contact details to get in touch here: Large Scale Planting: Support and Advice - Woodland Trust Email plant@woodlandtrust.org.uk

Wildlife Groundswell Booklist

Thanks to Caroline Richardson for the first three of the list below, and to Sam Reed for the last two. Sam said if someone wants to borrow Forest Gardening, she can bring it along to the next meeting. 

“Regenerative Agriculture” by Richard Perkins of Ridgedale Permaculture.

A great practical manual as well as giving a lot of more philosophical background.

“Green and Prosperous Land” by Sir Dieter Helm.

This exploration of climate and ecological issues around natural capital and economic systems is both interesting and thought-provoking.

“Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming”

Edited by Paul Hawken, this book cites many aspects in which specific land use practices (such as holistic planned grazing) can draw vast amounts of carbon safely down into the soil. It's the book that first stimulated my interest in regenerative agriculture.

English Pastoral by James Rebanks

A very good book with musings and insights on the state of agriculture and how it should ideally develop now, and be balanced alongside rewilding.

Forest Gardening by Martin Crawford

A large essential Bible for anyone interested in this concept.

Next Newsletter…

Any contributions for February newsletter most welcome, send by 28th January wildlifegroundswell@gmail.com

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