Welcome to the SRT blog No. 75

5th November 2021 – Welcome to our blog post No. 75

The colder weather has arrived. Wood burners have been used and the leaves are really turning and falling with the wind and rain.

It’s November….and dare I mention only 7 weeks to Christmas!

We had some great news this week – we have been awarded Gold for the Investors in People Award which runs from now until 2024









Noreen from the Activity Centre planting up in Bovingdon.






Scott making lunch.






James, Tim, Sophia, Graham, Becca and Michael sweeping in the coppice area.























Willow wreath making with Riz, Kwasi, Jacqui, Michael Hogan. The willow comes from the trees on site and will be decorated in a few weeks time with natural materials to sell at the Parmiters Christmas fair and in our farm shops















Sweeping leaves with Kwasi, Tim, Becca, Simon, Annette and Michael Tankard














Spotted the robin enjoying all the edibles that turn up after the sweeping.







Preparing some cookies for the Hemel film afternoon on Friday last week.















Danny picking some leeks to make some soup.








Team rake clearing leaves in the sunshine in the SANDS garden at Gadebridge park.






And Tomo stomping leaves down in the ton bag.








Christmas dec making is well underway. Made from our coppiced wood. These will be sold in our farm shops from December.








It was time for the Christmas cake ‘feed’. Ultra yummy.








The warmest spot on site











James’ hammering the bird boxes together at Northchurch. Bird boxes stamped and ready for nesting. The picture was taken just before James got a bit too keen and hit his finger.

Holly and Gillian working on the Christmas crafts.








Listening to ‘absolute 80s’ really helps with sanding and scraping wood as it is done to the beat. Not only is James excellent with the hammer, he helps Zoe with the finances in the shop making sure they have the correct amount in the float.








Cat enjoying the winter sun in the shop.








Holes being dug as we start working on the decking area for the cabin (caravan).








On Thursday we had a visit from Waitrose Berkhamsted. Maggie, Laura (some of you may know Laura) and her mum Gillian, presented Northchurch with a cheque from their community fund for an amazing £1000. This will go towards completing the caravan project above, which will become an Eco classroom and hub. specifically used with the teams from West Herts each week. We then took them (they came prepared with wellies and warm coats) around the site to meet the animals and see what happens behind the scenes.






Georgie and Sophie have been fixing the doors of the chicken coops.








Catherine showing off her public speaking skills to the many people at the Dacorum Climate Action Network on Wednesday, talking about all things Northchurch and about the funding with our green community grant.










Until next week…..