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Knepp Estate – rewilding & farming in the UK

The revolutionary project in rewilding a large area of farmland at Knepp Castle estate in the south of England is now 17 years old, and is showing remarkable results in wildlife regeneration as well as livestock productivity – check out this article in the Daily Mail to learn details.   and the Knepp website . 

This is a 3500 acre estate but with smaller areas of land we can emulate their results we hope, a bit more managed, and with lower aspirations maybe, but, as we increase our diversity of species and habitat on our small 24 acres, we look forward to new wildlife. And as the way we manage our livestock within this changes to improving even further the wonderful meat, eggs, and other produce from our holding to keep us sustainable and create a legacy for future generations. 

(new book coming out:  Wilding: The Return Of Nature To A British Farm by Isabella Tree, published by Picador on May 3)

Oban Food Assembly : producers and customers

An exciting conversation today with the organisers of the upcoming Oban Food Assembly as a producer ourselves (and our past experience running local community markets) 

Anyone who is serious about local food please sign up as potential customers to the Food Assembly. There are folk who are working hard to bring this about in Oban .. as a weekly food event. If you register, you can sign into the existing markets like Stirling, and get a feel for how it works.
And more importantly you will show those who are beetling in the background that there is support for their efforts.
The aim is to start in May
All the “shopping” will be online, and then you collect once a week in town.
https://thefoodassembly.com/en/assemblies/9358

wild, native, herb, perennial Plants wanted ! . anyone clearing out? a welcome home here

This winter we are planting out 9 copses with young native trees, but there will be plenty of space to underplant, there are also several ponds being created.
We would love to add more native plants / seeds / pollinators / herbs / perennials / scrub to increase the diversity, increase the flowering seasons, to improve the habitats for insects and other small animals.
If anyone is clearing out plants that have taken over, or you have a building project where they are in the way, they would have a very welcome home here.

We have wet, dry, sandy, boggy, north, south, shade, light 🙂 

Bulbs

  • bluebells
  • ransoms / wild garlic
  • snowdrops
  • crocus
  • anemone
  • camassia
  • others ..

Pond plants

  • Bulrush
  • Teasel 
  • Primula candalabra
  • Watercress
    Perennials – native, herbs, flowers, pollinators

  • Geranium
  • Marshmallow
  • Hollyhock
  • Rattle
  • Devils bit scabious
    trees

  • Natives for future planting
    shrubs for flowers, shelter, 

  • Geranium

Tree Planting Parties

Tree Planting Parties :

  • TOMORROW!! (yeah, I know its no notice at all but there are good reasons!!) and the weather looks FAB !
  • 29th December
  • FIRST !! of January ..

We have several lovely small copse areas to plant, great soils, with a range of native tree species, as well as some food trees for US and fodder shrubs for our sheep.
There is also some bulbs and planting for the insects and make the areas even more beautiful in the future.
Thanks to the The Woodland Trust we have some great young trees waiting to go in and all the protective covers for them all.
PLEASE let me know if you want to come so I know about food .. or you will go hungry and we do not want that !!
We have some tools but if you have a spade / gloves that would be really useful.

Great Fibre Feeds

There is a growing demand for great fibre feeds we can grow in this country to provide wonderful nutrition for our livestock to replace grains we have to import. 
This improves our carbon footprint, grass fed meat has health benefits, and it’s good for our livestock 

Kintaline Feeds have a variety of fibre feeds on offer from a variety of companies. 

Dengie are one of the best and can offer :

Grass nuts

  • Digestible Energy 10MJ/kg
  • Protein 18
  • Oil 3
  • Ash (mineral) 10
  • Fibre 20
  • Naturally Occurring Sugar 12
  • Starch 2

Alfalfa Pellets

  • Digestible Energy 10MJ/kg
  • Protein 16
  • Oil 2.5
  • Ash (mineral) 10
  • Fibre 27
  • Naturally Occurring Sugar 5
  • Starch 3

Alfa-beet

  • Digestible Energy 10.5MJ/kg
  • Protein 14
  • Oil 3
  • Ash (mineral) 10
  • Fibre 32
  • Naturally Occurring Sugar 5
  • Starch 2

Sugar Beet

  • Metabolisable Energy 12.5 MJ/kg
  • Crude Protein 9.5

Goofy turkeys

Turkeys are not only tasty,  they are very friendly, tame, and nosy !!

they also like their tummy tickled.
These boys and girls are for sale : either for Christmas or as pets.

Light Sussex pullets

We have just a few Light Sussex pullets and one Cockerel left this season. 

Here are their grown up siblings .. very handsome birds, and the girls are still laying. Some were broody this summer so you would be able to raise your own. They are a good size, meaty and productive. 

 

Hurricane / Storm Ophelia coming our way

It is disconcerting to a household that used to be Merchant Navy to see a full blown hurricane processing north from the Azores, up by Portugal towards us.
It will “only” be a storm by the time it hits us tomorrow but the changes in direction are a significant concern..

 

 

The biggest wind previously recorded in Ireland .. 1839
https://www.facebook.com/turtle.bunbury/posts/10215460730738264

The Night of the Big Wind was the most devastating storm ever recorded in Irish history. Known in As Gaeilge as ‘Oiche na Gaoithe Moire’, the hurricane of 6th and 7th January 1839 made more people homeless in a single night than all the sorry decades of eviction that followed it.

Ardchattan Parish Archive Open Day Friday 6th October

As part of the Scottish first annual Heritage Awareness Day the Ardchattan Parish Archive will be open all day from 10.30 am here at Kintaline Farm, Benderloch.
Come along to see what is in the archive : maps, books, records, images ..
Share your family tree, learn some more family connections, find out about the places locally.
Bring images and records to be scanned, donations of these are very welcome to learn from and share.