Friday, April 22, 2011
In previous years we have spotted pied wagtail (as in the photo above), lapwing, buzzards, teal, chiff chaffs, woodpeckers, thrush, reed bunting and more... Who knows what other unusual birds you may find this year or what other wildlife you will see?
We do hope you will be able to join us.
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Saturday, April 16, 2011
|Fordhall Farm's new green roof canopy|
As time moves on and Easter approaches, the final touches on our renovation project begin. This week Sedum Supplys have been putting the gravel base onto our green roof. This substrate will hold a beautiful biodiverse roof, which all the local widlife will be able to take advantage of throughout the year.
|Welsh slate really makes |
the new Farm Shop special
Meanwhile, work has continued upstairs and outside. Warmcell recycled newspaper is blown in between the floor joists to help insulate the building and reduce noise between the floors.
|The recycled newspaper is blown in between the joists. It is shredded so fine, it looks like we have had mice!|
|Plasterers work hard in |
our new office
Externally, the drainage is in, our soakaway and septic tank have arrived and most of the external paving is complete.
With only 3-4 weeks before we open, it is all hands on deck. Ben and I and the rest of the team are busy finalising the details such as tables, shelves, crockery, suppliers and more. There are so many things to think about - we hope we remember to get the coffee!
This work has been part funded by Advantage West Midlands
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Thursday, April 07, 2011
|The hemcrete is shoveled in between shutters. Once dry the external shutter will be removed to allow the hemcrete to breath.|
|Sharon puts in her first shovel of hemcrete|
|Volunteer Ann soon follows suit|
|..and Sarah our graduate is not far behind.|
|But of course, I had to have a go too!|
In some areas of our building we have used a recycled aggregate block for structural support, and although hemp can act as structural support we do not have enough time to allow it to harden - many weeks. The timber frame within the hemp therefore has to take the load of our roof.
But don't fear, I have lots of samples of all the materials we have used within our build to have on display when you visit, and don't forget we will be open in May!
Fordhalls new facilities have been generously part funded by Advantage West Midlands
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