Trees are the answer to many of humankind's problems both physical (in terms of climate change and food) and psychological (see how your mental wellbeing is improved after a walk through a forest or after planting a few trees!). So here at Treflach we are asking you to help us, help you, help us...
Sponsor a tree!
For only £25 you will get a thank you email from your very own individual tree. Through the year you will receive updates on how your tree is doing and in August you'll be invited to come and say hello in person at a very exclusive function 'Fandango Farm' with music, food and of course a (safe but fun) bonfire.
All moneys will go toward buying trees and tree protectors, weed suppressant matting, fencing and woodchip all to help with the upkeep of the trees at Treflach Farm.
Specifically this Spring 2019 we have three goals:
1) We are going to try out a Silvopasture project. The week beginning the 25th March we will plant 500 trees in avenues in a field that (when strong enough) cattle will graze the grass around and browse the leaves and branches. The trees themselves will be protected by electric fences so the cattle don't damage them too much. Grass, fungus, trees, pollinators, cattle and people will all benefit from the natural symbiotic association each species brings to the habitat with regard nutrition, soil biology, soil chemistry and yield.
2) We already have several miles of hedges on Treflach Farm but many stretches need gapping up and some needs coppicing. We have already started but by the end of March we hope to have planted another 180m of hedge.
3) The heritage orchard is being expanded and another 20 local varieties of apples and pears sourced from the wonderful Tom 'the apple man' Adams of Weston Ryn.
While we have made good progress we have exhausted our budget for this season. We are hoping to raise another £1000 in order to buy the necessary materials so we can complete this season's three projects and would be incredibly grateful if you can help!
All the work to plant and manage the trees is carried out by members of the farm team or volunteers as part of our community company. We provide horticultural and agricultural projects for adults with learning difficluties and young adults with behavioural issues funded through selling produce grown reared and cooked on the farm. Take a look around our website or get in touch for more information.