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Hedgerow, Phil Beer, and charity application

I am sitting in the office and have been admiring all the hedgerow work that has been done last Thursday and today (Saturday). Sarah Hughes led a very enthusiastic group of volunteers on both days and who surpassed all expectations in laying the hedge, planting hedgerow whips, clearing the Southern boundary ditch and building more of our Sussex boundary fencing. We are so fortunate to have the help of such great people as it gets the job done a lot quicker than if we just had our growers on the job. I took a quick peek at the wildlife pond and see literally hundreds of baby tadpoles that have hatched over the past few days all in groups so we should have a bumper amount of amphibians for our pond dipping sessions with the school children. A pair of waders and better quality nets are now on the priority shopping list.

Tomorrow (Sunday) evening, we will be welcoming Phil Beer to Tuppenny Barn. He is one of the most popular ambassadors for acoustic roots music. A dazzling instrumentalist, he is a top class fiddler and plays in the all-star line-up, Feast of Fiddles. He might be best known for his partnership with Steve Knightly and Miranda Sykes in Show of Hands, both of whom played to packed audiences here at Tuppenny in the last 6 months. There are just a few tickets left so book now if you want a seat.

Lindsey worked hard this week to get all our broad bean seedlings into the beds and this will be followed by the first of the mixed lettuces. The sunshine on Thursday was amazing and so we were lucky enough to sit outside for lunch.

You will remember we applied to the Charity Commission at the beginning of the year after working really hard on our application. We have now had a response with many questions to answer so will be responding accordingly and then hope over the coming weeks we will have a decision. We never thought it was going to be an easy process – and it certainly hasn’t!

We will be doing some spring potted flowers for Mothers day and also some bunches of our beautiful purple, cream and lime green hellebores – just to let you know in advance if anyone wanted to purchase for 26th March. We will also have a few preserve sets for sale dressed for the occasion.