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A New Face at Pierrepont Farm

After 4 years as Pierrepont’s Education Officer I will be taking some time away from the farm to start a family. During my period of Maternity Leave, there will be a new face joining the Pierrepont team to cover educational visits. Franziska Loesel will be the new Education Officer, who we are hoping will be in post by the end of November. Once she has started in her new role, she will be contactable by email at floesel@countrysiderestorationtrust.com

I have no doubt that she will do a great job of maintaining the current education programme while I am away, and I am sure she will bring plenty of new ideas to the role as well.

It has been a pleasure working at Pierrepont Farm over the last few years and I hope to be back next Autumn.

Annika Rice, Pierrepont Education Officer.

Half Term Family Drop-in Activity

Half Term Art Workshop Flyer (3)

Summer 2017 flyer (image)

Pierrepont Farm Open Day POSTPONED

open day poster (cancelled)

 

We’re sorry to announce that the Pierrepont Open Day on 11th June 2017 has been postponed. Unfortunately, one of the farm’s much loved cows registered a second inconclusive TB test last week. This is an incredibly stressful time for Mike and Bev Clear, our tenant farmers, but we will keep you posted as soon as a new date to hold the open day is confirmed.

The Destruction Continues

Saturday 21 January saw the Pierrepont conservation volunteers cut down the last of the rhododendron growing in the area between the bridle path running through the farm, and the river. The otherwise very vigorous rhododendron stumps will be killed off later in the year by the local application of a herbicide.

After over seven years of intermittent but steady effort the volunteers are now within easy sight of clearing the whole Tankersford woodland of what was at one time a very substantial area of this invasive pest.

On the same date the last of the “small-hole” bird nest boxes were put in place within Tankersford. This winter has seen a concerted effort on the part of the conservation volunteers to rehang, clean out, refurbish and repair the existing nest boxes and the manufacture – assisted by the Aldershot Scouts – of a number of new boxes. A grand total of 45 boxes now await occupation.

Volunteers hard at work demolishing rhododendron

Volunteers hard at work demolishing rhododendron

....and then, having done so, enjoying a welcome brew up.

….and then, having done so, enjoying a welcome brew up.