Monday, 19 January 2015

Forager's New Website

We have finally published our shiny new (and responsive) website designed by The McAlpine Partnership (that's us by the way). We like variety in our lives and farming and graphic/web design certainly gives us that! (It's good to have an excuse to stay indoors when the weather is bad).

foragersfoods.co.uk

Friday, 9 January 2015

Foragers Survives Atlantic Storm

While the grass management team are happy with their new sheep shelter (built yesterday before the storm), we are even happier that our two Premier Polytunnels easily withstood last night's major Atlantic storm, with windspeeds of 32mph + and gusts of 60mph upwards.

We had to work under floodlight to get most of the roof on before the storm hit.

It didn't take them long to bunker down with some nice dry hay.
But back out when the winds died down about 9am.

Polytunnel ends which took the battering, partially protected by the
bund created during groundworks last year.

It was raining timber but thankfully none hit the polytunnels.
Another large oak branch succumbs to the strong gusts. 

This branch almost landed in the wildlife pond.

Some repair work required to the windbreak fence
but we expected more damage than this.





Tuesday, 16 December 2014

A Molesome Approach to Farming.

Messrs Mole, Mole & Mole have set up residence in some areas within and just outside the orchard, pushing up a couple of hedge whips that didn't fit in with the decor. No worries. Foragers works with nature, not against it! Once the mole has created his underground abode, he'll defend it fiercely keeping other moles away, therefore no new molehills should appear. We'll just rake the hills, fix the hedge whips, and leave Mr Mole to enjoy his brand new basement apartment.



Friday, 28 November 2014

Constructing the Raised Beds

We're somewhat behind schedule on the polytunnels due to some drainage issues but hopefully sorted now. We can now build the raised beds in preparation for planting.



Thursday, 20 November 2014

Hedge Planting

1200 bareroot hedge whips planted this week throughout the site, mostly Hornbeam but also some other bird friendly varieties including Hawthorn, Wild Privet, Hazel, Guelder Rose and Blackthorn.   We were blessed with ideal weather for planting; no heavy rain and temperatures above freezing.  Hoping that the Rootgrow gel as recommended by RHS with help the young plants thrive in order to provide some good wildlife habitat and shelter for the orchard once they mature.



Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Windbreak Fence Almost Complete

We have been blessed with some great weather this week helping us to put up the windbreak mesh. Some gentle breezes made the job a challenge at times, but almost complete. Just need to order 17 more metres of material and finish off with cable ties.


Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Fencing Nearing Completion

We are delighted with the work of our fencer William Montgomery who has done a first class job of our stock fencing throughout the site including the installation of several gates and the construction of a bridge over the stream.  We would have no hesitation in recommending William for fencing and many other tasks including;

  • Tree Felling, Reduction & Removal
  • Stump Griding
  • Log Splitting
  • Hedge Trimming
  • Fencing
  • Grass Cutting
  • Turfing
  • Weed Control
  • Snow Clearing

Contact William Montgomery, Upper Carlstoun Farm,
Acre Valley Road, Torrance, G64 4DL
Email: williammongomery@btinternet.com
Tel (Evenings): 01360 620 038
Mobile: 07900 638 105