Welcome to the SRT blog No. 23

2nd October 2020 – Welcome to our blog post No. 23

Hello all, it’s now officially Autumn so here are some facts for you:

Falling out  – Women lose more hair in Autumn: they hold on to it in summer to protect their scalps against the midday sun.

Pumpkin heads – Carving vegetables into candlelit faces originated hundreds of years ago in Ireland, but the Irish used turnips or potatoes. When Irish immigrants arrived in America and discovered pumpkins, a new Halloween ritual was born.

On the other side of the world – In Australia and New Zealand, Autumn officially begins on 1 March and ends on 31 May.

Missing out – Those who live near the equator miss Autumn entirely, because their regions get a consistent amount of sun.

Northern Lights – The aurora borealis is visible in Autumn because geomagnetic storms are twice as likely.

What’s in a name?  – until 1500, Autumn was called “harvest” in Britain.

Sweet Autumn – Red and purple leaves are caused by the presence of sugars in sap trapped inside leaves.

And the winner is… No film with Autumn in its title has ever won an Oscar; all the other seasons have.

Shine on… The full moon closest to the Autumn equinox is a “harvest moon”.

Moon Festival – In China, the Autumn equinox is a moon festival. Chinese families eat moon cakes and round foods like watermelons, oranges and green soybeans.


Lots of work over at the meadows and coppice area at the Activity Centre again this week cutting back Goldenrod as part of the annual conservation management.



Trainees are; Noreen Shazadee, Luka Grace, Rebecca Campbell, Annette Timms & Mark Kissane.



The harvest of crown princes and butternut squashes are ripening off in the greenhouse and look at those lovely, hopefully, juicy pears.


Looks like the pizza oven is ready to go. Beautifully decorated, all by hand and topped off with its chimney now. The first fire is lit.


Working in the Sunnyside café / farm shop you can now have a clear face mask like this one.

Only trouble is you still have to take it off to eat cake! Think I can spot milk chocolate and then white chocolate testers.








Aly has been spotted, not only eating cake, but also working on the end of month stock take.

Last Friday was Claire’s last day at the café. She said a sad farewell and thanks for her lovely gifts and homemade card from everyone.


Ieva is undertaking some plum tree pruning under the guidance of Ian. Looks like it’s all ok – the plum branch has a little heart.

Mikes been getting mucky, turning the compost and disappearing into the water leak hole  OR is he still looking for the rest of the potato crop?

He needed the ladder to get out and it’s now all fixed and filled in again.








The Repair Shed are back and have mended this toy cars steering wheel – soon off to its proud owner.


Northchurch have a new unit to display stock in the farm shop and look at the chilli harvest.

From left to right: Jalapeno, Bishops Crown, Red Apache and Giant Habanero. All available from the Northchurch Farm Shop open Mon to Fri 10 until 3pm

The feral cats are doing well

The team have been digging holes and adding the fence posts around the shop front. Everyone gets involved.













Animal care with the goats – everyone enjoys a pamper….













Age UK were over and starting work to set up an allotment space that they will be using. Covering the rough ground over the winter to clear the ground – no dig technique.











Let me know what you’ve been up to in the last week