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Harehope Quarry Project

Sustainable living in a natural environment

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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More newcomers

Just over three weeks ago we put eighteen Wellsummer eggs into the incubator and last weekend they began to hatch.  Unfortunately we only managed to hatch five out of the eighteen.  We had a broody hen to hand and persuaded her…
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Re-using!

We had a great time re-using scrap on our children’s art session.  The challenge was to make something creative but useful.  There were planters made from plastic bottles, desk tidies and a range of containers made for storage.  The session…
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A few places remaining

We are running a timber frame self-build course in early June and there are a few places remaining.  The 3-day course teaches a range of timber frame building techniques, how to use tools safely and correctly, marking out, measuring and cutting the…
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What’s coming up?

We have a lot happening in the next few months starting with our children’s art and craft season on Saturday 6 May from 1.00am – 3.30pm.  We will be doing some outdoor activities and then creatively using a variety of recycled…
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Early foraging

The time finally seems right to start some early foraging.  The wild garlic is now well out of the ground and we can replenish our stocks of dried wild garlic to last throughout the year.  It is great to sprinkle…
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