Dig them roots and plant those trees, plus cardboard, lots of cardboard.
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We are now in the run up to Christmas which often means lots of presents and lots of food; there is a connection here.

Presents often come in cardboard boxes and we need plenty of those to mulch our trees and block the light from new ground that we want to cultivate. So perhaps you may obtain a few this Christmas that you want to dispose of. The kind we need are ideally plain brown, without any glossy pictures on. It would also be great if you could remove any sticky tape and wire staples; we don’t want to introduce more unnecessary plastic and metal to the soil.

If you have been naughty and are not getting any presents in nice big cardboard boxes, don’t worry. You could still help us get hold of some. Bryan Irving has been talking nicely to the manager of Booths in Burscough and he will let us go and pick some up this Thursday at 09:45, so you can stuff them into the back of your car and bring them to the field.

Digging parsnips

Our parsnips have done very well this year.

As an award for your efforts you can have some potatoes, carrots and parsnips to go with your Christmas dinner, a nice talking point if you have some relatives around to share them with.
We will be at the field this Thursday from 10:00am and again on the following Thursday. Please feel free to call in anyway if you are around. I know there are still readers of this newsletter who have never made it to the field and we would love the opportunity to show you around and tell you about all the exciting projects that we have planned.

Newly planted trees mulched with cardboard and then woodchip.

Don’t forget Graham’s bird watching event on Friday 30th of December, a chance to walk off some the seasonal excesses. If you need a reminder about it see the box below.

If I don’t get the opportunity again, let me wish you a Merry Christmas.


If you'd like to join us on a countryside bird watch to help walk off the festive excess, then please book to join us. 

The walk will begin from Burscough Community Farm at 10am (please arrive by 09.45), on Friday 30th December; cost for over 16s is £2 donation to Burscough Community Farm (under 16s free). 

Places are limited to 20 people so please book by emailing

Please wear footwear suitable for wet and muddy ground and dress appropriate for the weather conditions. We should be back to the farm for a brew and a biscuit by 12.30. 

Ground conditions will be unsuitable for wheelchairs or prams - sorry about that. Well behaved, quiet dogs are welcome. 

We expect to see and hear a wide range of birds including; whooper swans, pink-footed geese, buzzards, lapwings and perhaps a barn owl! 
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