1st July

We seem to be in the middle of a minor heatwave. Whilst the weather is like this we’ve decide to start our Tuesday sessions an hour earlier than usual so that we can get a lot done before the temperature and humidity rise too much.
Last week Bob and Jackie spent some time checking the bees, we continued to burn charcoal and we gave our newly planted apple trees a good soaking of water from the stream. It looks as though two of the eighteen that were planted may be dead so we’ll have to make a decision about them. There was some excitement, however, when we realised that one of the trees was already sporting an apple!

This week we are planning to get some wood delivered so Rob and helper will be getting the best use of our great new trailer and hoping to make three deliveries.  The proceeds from sales go in to our annual income account and helps to keep the organisation financially viable without having to apply for lots of grants.  It’s also a clean fuel (although recent publicity might have you thinking otherwise) and is sustainable because we plant as many trees (almost) as we cut down.  
There’s lots of other work to do this week too.  We need to get some hedgehog huts, bird boxes and bat boxes built to sell, and possibly owl boxes. 
There’s a damaged ash tree hanging over our new shelter, which is causing a few problems. Canal & River Trust are looking into getting a contractor in to help us with this.  Once we get that tree down we can put the roof on the shelter.