Transformation down on the Farm

The end of November saw a real transformation down on the Farm site.

With thanks to the skilled and sensitive work of Philip Jones driving some big machines the site was cleared of literally tonnes of brambles and scrub.

Phil and the digger
Phil and the digger

 

Some of this was burned and some has been spread across a rubble strewn and soil barren area, we plan to mulch this with tonnes of wood chip – kindly provide by fabulous local tree surgeon Richard Upton of Oxford Tree Surgeons and Oxford City Council. We will then cover area with weedproof membrane and then pile on more woodchip and hope that in a year or so we have some better looking areas to begin to plant up.

In most areas the site is back to good bare earth and it is possible to get a really good idea of the size and potential of our wonderful site – check out the pics below.

There are still bramble roots in it and we really hope that we may be able to borrow some pigs temporarily to eat up those roots and and manure the ground ready for sewing a cover crop in the spring.

The drains have also been cleared by the good people at Lanes drains so great progress.

There is lots to do – clearing the scrub and bramble revealed rubble and old rubbish as well as the remains of an old caravan and over 20 horseshoes!

Our work parties over the coming weeks will focus on a deep clean and clear of the site, so come on down and give us a hand! We meet on site on the second Saturday of Month

get in touch for more information: info@oxfordcityfarm.org.uk

good soil revealed
good soil revealed
look at all this space we have to play with!
look at all this space we have to play with!