Updates on the latest at our Longney orchards where we have new fencing, plus improved plumbing and water troughs. And some new signage too. These would have been shown to everyone at our open day but unfortunately that was cancelled. Sorry to all those disappointed but we hope these pictures will show some of the changes and, if you’re visiting, explain what’s what.
The latest works have been carried out for us by our neighbour Roger Godwin, whose farm team (Henry plus others) fitted in the works before harvest time. We had several long-standing issues to resolve, mainly improving plumbing to each of the four orchards and installing new fencing at the barn compound to reduce the chance of sheep getting in accidentally.
As a result we now have working, and plumbed in, water troughs in all the orchards (only two were plumbed in before) with all troughs compliant with current standards. This means the sheep will have a reliable supply wherever they are.
At the barn there is now a new fence isolating the compound from the Bollow/Long Tyning gates, so that livestock can pass freely between those two orchards without accessing the barn area. This will, we hope, eliminate the occasional problem with sheep in the barn area, which is used for school groups and events. We don’t want to put off visitors through, so there is a new pedestrian gate into the compound, spring-loaded to help ensure it’s kept shut!
The work by Roger’s team also included laying a water line to the toilet (not yet plumbed in) in case we want to have washing water there and, inside the secure store, a small handwashing basin for use by anyone attending events.
Not forgetting the scraping out of the seasonal pond areas in Middle and Lower orchards.
In addition to all this work we have also been improving some signage, in particular at the Fish House, where there is a new sign explaining the building, and our philosophy on how to manage it.
There are more pictures below showing all of these changes. We are very grateful to Roger G and colleagues for their work on the plumbing and fencing. And, as usual, Stuart Smith for his continuing work managing the whole area, including the new signs (thanks Juliet Bailey for help with those too) and Ann Smith for coordinating everything. Pictures are by Ann and Stuart and also Jonathan Briggs.