Newsletter for Friday 29th of January 2016
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Hello everyone


Although the field still has a long way to go before it dries out enough to start working it up for planting and sowing, it’s all going the right way. I am really surprised that it is as dry as it is when you think of how much we were under water only a few weeks ago. As you can see in the shot below, the grass in the trees show the height that the water had reached. Bryan would have been up to his eyes in water if he had been stood there at the time. Hopefully all the grasses that are trapped in the trees will encourage the birds with their nestbuilding.


Bryan showing that the water was 'this high'


The trees on site don’t seem any the worse for their experience apart from some of the hedge plants that got a bit squashed; I feel quite hopeful though, even for these. It might be a devastating event for us but flooding is really part of the natural world, so we shouldn’t be too surprised when nature comes bouncing back.


One benefit of the drying landscape is that we can start to make progress again on getting the barn completed. Someone who should be thanked here is Terry Lake. He has made it his mission to get this barn finished and he continually plans and innovates to make best use of the materials that we have available. Others have contributed and must also be thanked, but Terry keeps driving it on.


Terry and Mike working on the barn on Thursday


The AGM and Burscough Community Farm Launch Event


Plans seem to be coming together nicely for the AGM and we have a new participant. Gaz Hughes of Hawksrus is bringing along some of his Birds of Prey to add to our exhibition. Alan Bedford will be bringing along a selection of Owl Pellets so the two things will compliment each other.

Poster Printing


I have a favour to ask you all. We need to get as many people to our event as possible so can I ask you to do one thing to help achieve this. If you click onto the above image or this link here, you can download and print an A4 copy of the poster. If you can then put a copy in a prominent place in your area it will enable us to reach a larger audience. This will be much appreciated.


Potato Chitting


For the last two seasons, the lovely Gaynor has been good enough to offer her spare room to our potatoes. Now she has three Foster Children living with her, this facility is no longer available. Could you provide some temporary lodging for some seed potatoes? I am hoping to get some egg trays to put the potatoes on. If you can manage to keep a tray or two in a frost free naturally lit area that isn't too warm for a few weeks that would be a real help. We are expecting delivery in the next couple of weeks. And don't worry, we won't want you to decicate your entire spare room like Gaynor did.
Events For Saturday
I am out and about tomorrow. In the morning starting at 9:30 am I will be going to the Potato Day at The Concourse in Skelmersdale. This event has been held for a couple of years now and it is the opportunity to buy small quantities of a great many varieties of seed potatoes. I will be there to try and get a few interviews and maybe some tips from some allotment holders.
From 12:30pm until 5pm there is another Health and Wellbeing Day at Age UK, Moorgate, Ormskirk, L39 4RY. This is a regular event now, held on the last Saturday of every month. We will have a small stand and be trying to recruit some new members. I believe that there will be a Kundalini Yoga demonstration and there are stalls and treatments. Entry is free.

Terry will be on the fieid this Sunday working on the barn if anyone wants to give him a hand. Gaynor will be there in the afternoon unless the weather gets too rough. 

So that's all for this week. 

Kind regards

Neil Hickson
The Livingcycle Podcast

The second episode of my podcast is now online. This weeks show is about compost toilets and features a great interview with Author and OVC member Sarah Jasmon. Sarah lives on a canal boat and shares her experiences low impact living and compost toilets. Link to soundcloud here or click onto the image below..

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