The Herbal Gins of Treflach

The Herbal Gins of Treflach
Gin was first invented in 1550 by a Dutch physician for medicinal purposes.  Highly addictive and cheap, in 17th century England it became known...

The Long Meadow of Treflach

The Long Meadow of Treflach

The road verge of Treflach is as old as the taste of water.  

It is a refuge from modernity for its flora, where 97 % of all rare wildflowers and herbs can be found, but very dangerous for its fauna due to fast traffic.

The Mushrooms of Treflach

The Mushrooms of Treflach
Since the rains have come at the beginning of the month on the warm soils baked by the summer sun there has been a proliferation of fungi of all t...

The Ragwort of Treflach

The Ragwort of Treflach
By this time of year this biennial plant has been pulled root and all on most farms as it is poisonous to grazing stock.  If left unmanaged it can...

The Honeysuckle of Treflach

The Honeysuckle of Treflach
Although the long drought this year has resulted in poor flower production, the recent rains will enhance the huge value to wildlife this plant br...

The Footpaths of Treflach

The Footpaths of Treflach
It is ironic that the industry that once flourished and has now disappeared around here has been replaced by nature and is a haven for wildlife. T...

The Dolomite of Treflach

The Dolomite of Treflach
The picture above is of a local massive bomb crater dating from WW2.  The area was targeted by enemy aircraft as the local limestone quarry was es...

The Woodlouse of Treflach

The Woodlouse of Treflach
  Also known as terrestrial isopod crustaceans, woodlice are the only land living relative of crabs, lobsters and shrimps and are in fact not clas...

The Brambles of Treflach

The Brambles of Treflach
A few years ago some friends from Australia were visiting and they commented on a basket of blackberries on the kitchen table as back home the hum...

The History of Treflach

The History of Treflach
View the tape here The History of Treflach won’t be found in books but uncovered occasionally in articles, diaries and oral histories that record ...

The Apples of Treflach

The Apples of Treflach
(Picture by Victoria Macken of Ian and Stefanie Steele on their wedding day in Treflach Farm orchard, 4/9/2021)   I remember reading a very old...

The best time to plant a tree...

The best time to plant a tree...
  They say the best time to plant a tree is 10 years ago, the second best time is now. We are like trees - we make a difference to the landscap...