Tuesday, March 29, 2011
A Big Cheer for all the families that came to Fordhall on Saturday to help us plant a hedge in the picnic area.
Inspite of the recent sunshine the day was cold and grey but that did'nt stop 20 families from coming along to help with the planting. Our hedging came free from the Shropshire Council and the Woodland Trust, which both running a scheme to encourage more tree planting and more hedges. Our hedge is designed to help cut down the wind that whips up the Tern valley and also supply us with a good supply of fruit and nuts - sloe berries, elderberries, damsons, cherries, crapapple and hazel. As a result, we expect to attract more birds into the garden and no doubt, a few squirrels but lets hope they leave some for us. As there were so many children and grown ups to help we were finished in a tick so we warmed up on hot soup and ate scrummy chocolate beetroot brownies. Once again a big thank you to everyone that helped. Bex
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Wednesday, March 23, 2011
|The design team (Shingler Construction, WCP Associates, Seven Architecture and |
Charlotte and Ben) meet in the picnic area to discuss progress.
|The last of the scaffolding is removed to uncover the beautiful gable end of Fordhall's NEW classroom.|
|In the same format as the oak on our gable end, this oak canopy is pegged together through real joints and then lifted into place with the help of a crane.|
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Friday, March 18, 2011
|Looking towards our farm shop entrance, these british stone plinths will hold our oak canopy.|
|Preparation works for the oak canopy.|
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Monday, March 14, 2011
Our yurts have been in desperate need of repair for some time. As we approach the end of our building project our focus moves towards creating a car park space and improving the remaining infrastructure on the farm.
As a result, last weekend was spent erecting a new compost toilet (well starting to erect one!) and taking down and repairing our 10-year-old yurts. They have begun to look a little untidy through the harsh winters and the canvass has been especially hit. But unable to afford to buy a new canvass we are repairing, cleaning and re-waterproofing the ones we have.
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Thursday, March 10, 2011
This week has seen insulation enter our old drafty farm building. Already, even without windows, it feels warmer than our thin steel portacabin!
Furthermore, wool insulation is truly environmentally friendly. Production takes a fraction of the energy required to produce glass fibre insulation. And the life expectancy of such insulation is more than 50 years and it is recyclable.
Plus if you want to roll around in it - you can!
Fordhalls new facilities have been generously part funded by Advantage West Midlands
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Saturday, March 05, 2011
As the tiles cover the whole of our Old Dairy roof at Fordhall, the beauty of the building again shines through. Most of the scaffolding is now down and the lovely circular brick window that was previously blocked up has also been uncovered. The Zinc for the classroom extension is still on order, but the rest of the old roof is pretty much complete. Work over the last 10 days has concentrated on the first fix for plumbing, electrics, phone connections and our network points. Carefully guided by our Site Manager Charles (see upper left) the work has been efficient and without a (major) hitch....
Although every time I walk onto site the sparkies and plumbers seem to run out of my way! Left (lower left) you can see Andy our electrician trying to hide, but not quite being successful!
Charles has also been working hard to bring back the one timber truss from the original building. Due to the fact that it is very old timber, our structural engineer Peter, was not happy with it forming part of the structural wall. As an alternative we have sat it against the main classroom wall (very close to its original position) as a reminder of the old construction.
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