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Super Sprint Mill!

Saturday, July 31st, 2010

15 members of the Food & Agriculture group had a grand trip out to Sprint Mill last Saturday. We learnt all about Edward and Romola’s philosophy on sustainable, low impact living. To start the day we were given a greenwood demonstration – Edward coppices all the mill’s wood for heat and cooking, makes gates and hurdles for the smallholding, and makes greenwood crafts, beanpoles, pea sticks etc… the goats even join in on the fun by eating the bark.

Group photo in the veg patch

Edward walked us around some of his smallholding, showing us the vegetable plot they have in the garden and the field they own a short distance away. The fieldĀ  is divided into 10 compartments including an orchard, a few ‘coppicettes’ (small areas of coppiced hazel), a section of biomass willow, some basketry willow, and their traditional hay meadows full of lovely meadowsweet, hay rattle and other traditional hay plants … all loved by the mill’s bees!

in amongst the ash trees

in the field

Before lunch we all had the chance to use Edward’s scythes along the lane – great fun, quick and much more sociable than a noisy strimmer!


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