All posts by Rob Morris

August 2018

Plans have been submitted to the Council to continue Forest Harvest’s work at Woodmill.

It’s hard to imagine the mud and flooded areas in April now, as the clay is rock hard and grass parched.

Fred has joined us on Mondays for his D of E community work. He is going to help build a Yurt and is designing and sourcing it on the site.
In the serendipitous way that things happen at Woodmill, Shake appeared a couple of Mondays ago and is generously sharing his amazing Greenwood knowledge and skills with us.
He has helped us build a Cleaving Brake and Saw Horse from reclaimed timber and has taught us ho to cleave and make fantastic Ash mallets.

Bumble bees moved into one of the bird boxes and as they have finally left we had a look inside!

August Open Day was another lovely day and despite the very dry weather it still looked good.

July 2018

Work was focussed mainly at Dovehouse during July to prepare for ‘Bloom’.
The Horsetail Equisetum arvense had caused the previous allotmenteers to abandon the site but the new residents are made of sterner stuff and we have been demonstrating the beneficial benefits of this ‘living fossil’.
Nick prepared a tea for BBC ‘Britain in Bloom’ presenter Chris Bavin, RHS judges and Rob from South Staffs Water and I used the fronds in a dyebath, revealing the results on camera!

Other areas of the City looked great for ‘Bloom’ too!

Judging day dawned hot and sunny to show all the projects in their best light. The cameras were there to film the actual judging and the judges enjoyed Claire’s Sunflowers and Nick’s Horsetail tea and Fat Hen scones.

Now the long wait until October to find out what colour medal we will have!

June 2018

June was a busy and exciting month for Forest Harvest.
At Woodmill everything was looking beautiful, the pond, only just a year old, thriving and bursting with life, the trees and shrubs looking bountiful and the new framework ready for the next stages of the clay ovens.

Shropshire Organic Gardeners (SOGS) had an enjoyable morning with us, a tour of the woods, a bee talk and a practical introduction to dyeing with plants.

Our Outreach project at Dovehouse Community Garden grew, flourished and was filmed for the next series of the BBC programme ‘Britain in Bloom’, over 4 sessions in June and July, including the RHS judging day.

A shirt for ‘Bloom’