In this Newsletter
- Introducing the Interns
- Coppicing has begun
- Mushroom bounty
- Extinction Rebellion
- Hedgerow and Boundaries grant
- Bread Oven
Introducing the new team
In October our new interns started their 9 month stint, and we thought it might be nice to introduce them as they will be playing a large part in the activities and life here at Pentiddy.
Hello! This is a second beginning of my time at Pentiddy in a way: more experience behind me, a continually deepening holistic view of how to live closely with the Earth, and an enormous world of possibilities for the future. After first finding the world and reality of land-based living at Old Chapel Farm in mid-Wales last autumn, Pentiddy has been home and place of learning since January (I told A&E I’d be here two weeks…oops :)). In the coming cycle of seasons my biggest passion is to delve deeper into all things woodland: sustainable management of small woods, re-wilding projects, green woodwork and whatever else comes up! Also keen to gradually broaden my connections with all the non-human beings we share our lives with: deep nature connection, tracking, wild food, herbal remedies & medicines…. So much to learn, looking forward to more.
Oh, dear, how can a person sum themselves up in a few sentences?! In some respects, the way of life I’ve been exploring since I left London 2 years ago, through Buddhafield, WWOOFing, landwork, Embercombe and now Pentiddy, is quite a stretch for me. Sometimes I still crave and expect as my right unlimited hot water at the touch of a button, being totally insulated from the elements, eating exactly what I want, when I want it. And those cravings are lessening. At Pentiddy I’m finding joy and aliveness in coppicing, in seeing my food grow, hearing the ducks and being involved in their lives and deaths… Some day soon I’ll live and work on my own piece of land, and in community, strive to tread more and more lightly on the planet.
Hello, I’m Alex. Since leaving a career in Civil Engineering 4 years ago, I’ve lived briefly at Old Chapel Farm and at Tinkers Bubble, in amongst other stints of volunteering and travel in the UK and abroad. I was attracted to Pentiddy because of the connection between community and woodland, and am glad to be gaining skills that enable me to live simply with the land. I’m hoping to learn enough to be able to live in and look after a small patch of woodland, and to grow food for myself, in ways that integrate with the spiritual practises that I am exploring through Buddhism, simple living, and land connection.
Tim who has already been with us for several years has returned after a summer in Devon. He is already a well known face here…
Coppicing has begun
This winter season we are coppicing large areas of the community access woodland.
We have already made a significant start with the area of Sweet Chestnut to the South side of the area, and this will continue down to the bottom boundary. The slope to the East of the area will also be cut, as this area of Ash sadly has Ash Dieback and plans are afoot to change the use of this into something broader- maybe some form of agro-forestry which might include grazing animals under the trees. This will clearly involve fencing the area so you may see this change happening through the next few months.
This autumn has been an incredible fungi season. Collectively we have had some amazing finds including several kilos of Hedgehog fungus (Hydnum Repandum), a few Chanterelle (cantharellus Cibarius), lots and lots of Winter Chanterelle (Craterellus Tubaeformis), a few Ceps (Boletus Edulis) and a large Cauliflower fungus (Sparassis Crispa). Yesterday we also found a big flush of Wood Blewits (Lepista Nuda) growing in our leaf mulch bags…
Ros, Ele, Elowen and Adeon all went up to London in November to be part of the non-violent direct action blocking 5 major London bridges to protest against the government’s inaction on climate change and to deliver the demands of the rebellion to the houses of parliament. Since then, Extinction Rebellion has grown hugely in the UK and is spreading rapidly across the globe in readiness for a week of international action in the Spring.
We have since started a local group for SE Cornwall (Facebook page here) and meet weekly to plan local actions to raise awareness amongst the general public, to support the local councils to declare a state of climate emergency, to encourage the media to start telling the truth about climate change and all institutions and individuals to start pulling together to create a completely new society where all life is valued and can be sustained. According to climate scientists across the world we are so very nearly out of time.
On January the 4th our group is hosting a talk in the Liskerrett Centre, Varley Lane, Liskeard entitled ‘Heading for extinction and what to do about it’. The meeting will start at 7pm and everyone is welcome. Further details can be found here – It would be great to see you there!
For more general information please look on the Extinction Rebellion web site (https://rebellion.earth)
Hedgerow and Boundaries grant
Our grant from Natural England has finally been approved after a drawn-out and frustrating time with the Rural Payments Agency (Hannan has had to be somewhat tenacious!). Work will be starting on some of the hedgelaying in the new year in the (2 styles!) followed by stone bank repairs and restoration over the next 2 summers. If anyone has skills to share or would just like to come and join in the work we’d be very happy to hear from you.
We have finally made a start on building the oven.
It has been in the design stage for a long time so it feels amazing to have actually found enough time to start construction. For a relatively small structure there’s a lot of interesting engineering to think about.
We have laid heavy concrete slabs as a foundation and have started building the stone support plinth.
Anthony wants to document the build process well with lots of photos and his plan is to publish a newsletter post specifically about the whole process from design thoughts through to the first pizza… keep an eye on this newsletter!
As always, we have a lengthy list of interesting activities to keep our ever-growing community busy for quite some time!
Happy New Year to you all.