Willow Hey project: 7th May

A slightly ominous start to the morning with sporadic bouts of rain, then the skies cleared, the sun came out and all was well down on the Willow Hey site. As with last weeks visit to the site everything had changed on my arrival, Horse tail and Fireweed shoots littered the ground around the trees we planted in early spring, there was new fresh blossom on the fruit trees and our living willow fence had sprouted more tiny leaves, and course the plants we are growing in the raised beds had perked up.

Today’s work

With the exception of planting on some reduced price shallots much of what we have been doing on site today has been building work. In the morning we split up into pairs, Scott helped me to do the brickwork that surrounds our chicken coup which will support the wired wooden panels, whilst Landrover Dave and Wynn worked hard on the toughened hen house panels which are being built to keep a family of foxes out who happen to live on the site and have done for some years.

A rare shot of site craftsman Landrover Dave in his habitat applying one of his many skills as he makes the fox proof panels.

A rare shot of site craftsman Landrover Dave in his habitat applying one of his many skills as he makes the fox proof panels.

Connection and Synergy

Despite the temperature rising a little in the afternoon we still had our customary fire where we sit and take brew brakes and chat about every imaginably subject one earth, an interesting thing I have noticed over the months is that as much as this is a community development project where we work with local communities, the same process of community development is also happening with the willow Hey team, we all know each other much better than the project initially started late autumn of 2014 and we work better with a free flow of skill sharing between our broad and diverse skills set of each member, and when new people have come onto the site engaging with them has been easy, in the long run this can only help us to help other communities in a much more engaging way.








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