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 Autumn 2019 we have three goals:
1) We are going to continue our Silvopasture project. This last March we planted 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. This autumn we need to purchase and instal tree guards to protect the saplings from the sheep.
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 the year we hope to have planted another 50m of hedge.
3) The heritage orchard has been expanded with another 20 local varieties of apples and pears sourced from the wonderful Tom 'the apple man' Adams of Weston Ryn. This autumn we plan on harvesting apples, making apple juice and selling the juice in order to raise funds for more trees!
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.