Hedging our bets

5 Goodgymers helped their local community in Southwark
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Saturday 30th September 2023

Report written by Emma McNally

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We arrived on the farm at 2pm and were met by Kate. After washing our hands for biosecurity we collected our tools were told about our task for the afternoon. There was a large hedge which needed trimming back so we set to work with secateurs and loppers trying to trim it back into a neat shape. While doing this we had to save the hazel which we could feed to the goats later on and had to separate the other components of the trimmings into piles of brambles, holly hawthorn and maple. We were very speedy with sorting the hedge and set to work on another smaller one adjacent to us. Kate was very pleased with our work as she was expecting it would take multiple sessions to sort out the hedge! Our reward for our hard work was to feed the goats the hazel which they devoured. After this we had a tour around the farm visiting all the animals including the adorable 5 day old piglets. We all had a wonderful afternoon and left feeling accomplished.

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Surrey Docks Farm is free to enter educational farm on the Thames, London.

Surrey Docks Farm is run by a charity and provides education for school children, young people and adults with learning difficulties. Our work helps with essential maintenance and helps them keep the farm operating.

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