Due to a last minute cancellation the Dartmoor Hill Farm Project have a space available on their two day hedge laying course on Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd of September (this week!). The course is instructed by DRST instructor Jeremy Weiss and is at Scorriton. Contact David Attwell for details: 01822 890912 or Jeremy Weiss on: 07962 432317.
The next DRST hedge course with spaces available is on the 3rd of November.
From Mick Godfrey
D R S T attended the National Trust Edwardian Countryside Fair at Castle Drogo this weekend. Mick Jones, Chris Stanton, Nick Dawe, Jonathan Ansell, David Halpin & Mick Godfrey strutted their stuff to the delight of the crowds…
By Justin Clifford, DRST Trainee
Work started early on Monday morning before the sun and its Mediterranean temperates had time to start taking effect on work productivity. Those who have contributed to rebuilding and recommissioning this section of the Mount Folly Farm Wall will appreciate the added value this brings to the Farm its animals, livestock and the many visitors that walk along the permissive path on their way down to Bigbury who comment on this feature. Its completed 51 metre length is very impressive and can now be seen from the very tip of Burgh Island itself.
Much of the first day’s training was digging out the foundation and bedding in large stones that would act as both ground and below ground level foundation stones, upon which we were to build the Quoin, which I am really pleased and proud of.
This photograph shows the final aspect of the wall that we finished off as it leads up to and into the Quoin itself. It also depicts how the wall looks with the coping adorned to its top. It has to be said we had to be really creative with the stone we had left for the coping but we just about got there with a final harvest of stone from Farmer Tuckers quarry area.
The completed Quoin with a great feature top stone to finish it off.
Here are some photos of the gate hurdle course courtesy of Tim Radja.
This is a planned 3 Day festival celebrating anything to do with traditional handsaws – any length and the older, rustier the better.
It is being organised by the Bamford Quaker Community in Sheffield from the 27th to the 29th of July