Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Do you know your boundaries?

Saturday 28th of April

The Youth Ranger Team gathered at Meend Farm Penalt for an action packed day of filming and farming. The group split up into two teams the first group focused their efforts on re-instating a section of collapsed drystone wall, under the direction of  expert tutor Chris Hodges,  a member of the Drystone Walling Association.

The second group gathered film footage of the 'wallers' at work and interviewed Chris, finding out just what it takes to be a drystone waller. By lunch time the footings of the new wall were in place, and we adjourned to the barn for a well earned lunch break out of the drizzle and cold north easterly.

In the afternoon the teams swapped roles. The film crew explored  traditional  boundaries on the farm and interviewed Tim the farmer. He explained how to lay a hedge, a traditional means of boundary mangement that was once widespread in the countryside. The group examined a recently laid section of hedge and Tim explained how this was achieved and the advantages for livestock and wildlife.

The group also met the animals at Meend Farm, including the Herefordshire cattle, two breeds of pig Saddle Back and Berkshire  and bottle fed the orphaned lambs.

At the end of the day the film crew, returned  to admire and record the 'wallers' handi-work.

A great day despite some trying weather conditions!

Thanks to all at Meend farm including Tim, Sarah, Ludo, Lee and Kate.

Lunch time for lambs

New friends in the mud
Boundaries back in action

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