Happy new year everyone! We have not heard anything yet from the council regarding our planning application but we’re keeping our fingers crossed. More trees arrived from Martin Crawford at the end of November and we planted the remaining food forest specimens straight away. We also got a bunch of shrub and understory soft fruit and various other interesting bushes which we planted too. Using cardboard we heavily sheet mulched around each tree creating small guilds and covered over with plenty of 15 year old horse poo and then green waste top dressing for mulch. This should hopefully kill back the grass whilst providing some extra organic material to our sandy soil whilst the fruit trees are establishing. Work on the roof continued and we’re close to finishing off now. We’ve completed the turfing and put the weather boarding around the outside. A gutter for water catchment is all that’s needed to finish off. It’s a strange feeling putting in so much work at the patch and to be leaving it all behind but on our return to England we will have some well established fruit trees hopefully. Best news of all is that Nina and I booked our tickets to leave England and we’ll be heading off on our first leg to Australia by bus to Morocco in 2 weeks! From there we’ll begin to plan the rest of our journey and we’ll be doing the first of our Wwoof to Oz exchanges.