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Harehope Quarry Project

Sustainable living in a natural environment

100% sheep’s wool neck buff

The Herdwick sheep we introduced earlier this turned out to be great characters and have done a good job of grazing the field.  However, our lack of experience shows now we have come to shear them.  Initially an attempt was…
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Time of abundance

Finally all the hard work in the allotment earlier in the year is starting to pay off.  Salad, courgettes, peppers, peas and beans are all being picked and the tomatoes and cucumbers are beginning to show promise. In the orchard…
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New developments underway

Work is finally underway for the planned improvements at Harehope Quarry.  This week saw us start the refurbishment of the strawbale workshop.  This will become a focus for rural skills courses and for making products from the natural materials produced on site.  A…
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Permaculture Convergence – one month to go!

Come and join us on the on Sat 29th Jul in Scotswood Natural Community Garden in Newcastle. We are organising a daylong ticketed event where Participants are able to take part in three 1h long sessions on variety of permaculture…
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The Most Boat

Our next event on 15 and 16 July is an exciting opportunity to create your own boat out of one sheet of plywood.  Places are limited.  Full details are in our events section.

Living roof

It has taken three years but the roofs of both the house and the boat shed at Harehope Quarry are finally flowering well. The living roofs have struggled with the dry springs we have had for the past few years…
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The Oaks Secondary School @ Harehope Quarry

The Oaks Secondary School regularly uses the quarry for visits.  The site is used for a variety of outdoor learning activities from general environmental education and fieldwork to building confidence and self esteem.  One of the highlights of their visits is…
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No sign of the bee orchids

The bee orchids usually start to appear about now, both in the quarry and at the Tip End but this year there is no sign of them.  We assume that conditions in May were too dry for them.  The photo…
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Self build success

Our first self build course took pace this weekend, run  by architect Duncan Roberts.  The 3-day course provided an introduction for those wanting to build their own house, shed, workshop or even a cabin in the woods. The course introduced…
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Charcoal making

We completed our first charcoal burn of the season last week and both small and large bags of charcoal are now available to buy for £3 and £5 respectively.  The burn produced about 30 bags in total. Trees are routinely…
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