Great news for the Denbigh plum!

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Just this week, Wales’ only native plum from just up the road in Denbigh has been awarded PDO status by the European Union. The Denbigh Plum joins Anglesey sea salt, Conwy mussels, and Caerphilly cheese among foods of protected status from Wales. Some may be aware of the annual Denbigh Plum Festival, if not it’s definitely one for the diary. Congratulations to the team of volunteers who have been working tirelessly for years to promote this native fruit, their hard work is a symbol of the brilliant communities we live nearby and how lucky we are to live in such a beautiful part of the world.

Here’s to the Denbigh plum!

Read more about the story here.

Spring has sprung 🌼

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Spring seems to have come early and we love it.

The sky is blue, daffodils are brightening up our café tables and the birds are singing. Come and enjoy the beautiful weather we’re having with us this weekend with, our nature trail is free for all to enjoy. Pick up an activity sheet from the Farm Shop till and head out to explore the fruit trees, bushes and woodland on our mile long trail.

Enjoy!

It's National Bird Box Week

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It’s National Nest Box Week this week and we have four new nest boxes to put up in the Estate woodland surrounding the Farm Shop. We’ll be putting them up along our Nature Trail so make sure you keep an extra eye out for them and anything that might be nesting inside!

If you’re thinking of putting up your own nest box, here are some helpful tips from the British Trust for Ornithology:

Top tips for putting up your nest box

  • Not too close to another nest box - nest boxes of the same type should not be sited too close together as this may promote aggressive behaviour between neighbours.

  • Shelter your box from the weather - the front of the nest box should be angled vertically or slightly downwards to prevent rain from entering the nest box. Make sure it is sheltered from prevailing wind, rain and strong sunlight.

  • Height from the ground should be 3 metres - small-hole boxes are best placed 1-3m above ground on tree trunks, but avoid sites where foliage obscures the entrance hole. If there are no trees in your garden, the next best option is to place your box on the side of a shed or wall. 

  • Open-fronted nest boxes should be hidden from view - attach your box to a wall or fence that has shrubs and creepers growing against it. 

  • Great tits use small-hole nest boxes, and prefer them to be 1-3m above ground on tree trunks.

  • Make sure cats cannot get into the box - ensure that it is not easily accessible to predators (cats and squirrels). 

  • Consider a metal plate around hole to deter squirrels - this preventive measure that can be used to deter squirrels from gaining access. These plates are available commercially and can be purchased from any good garden centre or bird care company at very little cost.

  • Keep nest box away from bird feeders - as high levels of activity of visiting birds could disturb nesting pairs.

  • Use galvanized or stainless steel screws or nails that will not rust. If fixing boxes to trees, galvanised wire can be used to tie the box to the trunk or hang it from a branch. Make sure to regularly inspect these fittings to ensure the box remains securely attached.

  • Traditionally, nest boxes for small birds are put up in the spring - pairs begin to prospect in the latter half of February, so a box put up at the end of the winter stands a good chance of attracting nesting birds. However, it is never too early or late to put up a nest box, as some birds will use them to roost in during the winter months.

Read more here.

Minecraft arts + crafts with Minimakery next Tuesday

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The brilliant Minimakery have just announced a Mine-Craft Madness workshop for next February 19th February.

Morning and afternoon workshops for the Minecraft obsessed including creeper wall art, magnets & drinkable potions.

Here’s what you can expect:


Crafters will get to make their own Creeper wall art, by building a picture with 3D tiles, block by block. The work of art will be placed in a box frame and displayed for the world to admire!

Decorate a naturally scented Minecraft magnet with glitter and gem stones, choose from Steve, Pig, Creeper, Sword or TNT block to create the ultimate Minecraft inspired decoration.

Drinkable, Minecraft inspired potions with all sorts of wonderful ingredients.. magma cream, glistening melon, gun powder, fermented spider eyes, redstone, glowstone and more!

Decorate a potion vial to take your glistening potion home in.

Choose two magnets from our fantastic collection; Steve, Pig, TNT block, Creeper and the Sword decorate with glitter and gem stones and place a magnet on the back so you can display your creations at home!

Workshops are indoors so tickets are VERY limited, adults get an hours free time to enjoy a coffee and a piece of cake in peace. This is guaranteed to be a very popular event! We’re super excited to get crafting!

We ❤️ Pump Street chocolate

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Pump Street is an award-winning bakery in the village of Orford on Suffolk’s Heritage Coast. They ventured into making chocolate from beans they import directly from single estates and cooperatives around the world, proudly producing the finest craft chocolate. Provenance and process are key to their products - which is why we love them and they make great presents.

Get yours now for that perfect Valentine’s present!

Alternative gifts for Valentine's Day

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If you're looking for something a little bit different to give as a gift this Valentine's Day, then why not give the gift of experience? We've got lots of workshops and classes lined up here at the Farm Shop over the next few months including our latest addition to the calendar; a series of six bread making workshops starting in April.

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Our workshops range from spoon carving to cheesemaking, needle felting to basket weaving meaning there is sure to be something for everyone. If you don't want the pressure of choosing, then why not by them a voucher so they can choose for themselves?