Andrew has been volunteering on the farm twice a week for 8 years! He loves coming, and turns up whatever the weather, rain or shine.
His favourite jobs are collecting the eggs, refilling the poultry drinkers and giving the chickens their corn.
Today Andrew was collecting windfalls for the pigs. We have Gloucester Old Spot pigs – another name for them is Orchard Pigs as they used to be kept in the apple orchards that were once very common in the west country.
Andrew is also branching out and volunteering in our Community Cafe at weekends. He likes working there as it is very different from the farm – he has to dress smartly and stay nice and clean.
Andrew used the farm’s tablet to take some pictures of his favourite animals.
Andrew collecting elderflowers in Water Vole Woodland
Andrew loves these chickens
It has been all go at the farm over the last couple of weeks! The contractors have been digging a trench from the road to the cafe, to connect it to the utilities. As you can imagine, this has made the farm rather muddy. The goats were very interested in the trench and tried to climb in, when they were on the way to their field.
We were hoping the excavators would make an exciting archaeological discovery, but the only thing they have found so far, is a large stone.
The scaffolding has now been removed from the cafe, and we can really see how it is going to look.
Soon it the contractors will begin completing the interior and fitting out the cafe.
The community cafe and training room is really taking shape now as the roof goes on and we can see how big it is. There will be lots of room in the wifi connected training room to run all kinds of courses. However, it won’t be just course based training taking place there, the cafe and kitchen itself will be the focus of practical, work orientated learning.
First the roof timbers went on.
Then a layer of wood panelling. The boxed holes are where the skylights will be.
Insulation was put on and then the final roof cladding.
Next trenches will be dug through the farm to connect the utilities to the building. This will be carried out in a cut-and-cover manner to cause minimum disruption to the public and to continue to allow the movements of the animals.
The building of the cafe has come on in leaps and bounds over the last month.
First the external walls were erected.
Then construction of the internal structures started.
Now the scaffolding has arrived in preparation for building the roof.
The pigs however, remain unimpressed.
Very excitingly, work began on building our new Community Cafe and Training Facility on Monday. First the work men put in safety barriers along the farm yard to protect the public and animals from their vehicles, whilst still allowing movement through to the paddock andaccess to the community room and toilets.
Fencing has been put in place to protect the public from construction vehicles
Next the portaloos arrrived – very important to the people working the site.
Very important! The arrival of the portaloos for the construction crew
Today, the digger has been clearing the land of rubble and rubbish.
Preparing the land for the building
Sadly, this also involves knocking down our popular pizza oven. However, this will be rebuilt in the future.
Communtity Cafe and Training Space
The first steps have been taken towards the building of our new community cafe and training space! On Friday 16th May, Mark, Jeff and colleague from Avon Site Trans Ltd came and moved our old container and placed a new one beside it.
The container in its original position.
The new one will be used to store straw and hay for the animals. The site is now clear and ready for the builders who will be starting work very soon. Watch this space…….