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Bonterre Blog

Latest updates from the farm, news about events
and thoughts from the Bonterre team

The Birds of Bonterre

For the last few years we’ve wanted to get our poultry roaming free in the orchard, producing fruit in balance with the birds and the natural environment on our site. After a huge effort to install fencing all around the orchard, we’ve done it! Our chickens and ducks now roam free across the orchard during the day, where they’ll help keep the bug population down, clear the fallen fruit, keep the weeds under control and provide some free fertiliser!Thanks to all those that have supported us by buying our produce and chicken and duck eggs from the stall by the…

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New Arrivals on the Farm

We have some new arrivals to welcome to the farm, two lambs called Martin and Shaun. Their names were drawn at random from all those suggested by our students (even though we did tell them they were both girls…!) Both were born as one of three triplets to separate mothers, who couldn’t provide enough milk to support three lambs. After getting their first milk from mum, which contains vital antibodies to get their immune systems started, they came to Bonterre at only a few days old so that they could be bottle-fed. For the first couple of weeks they’ve been…

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Bug Hotels – Providing Safe Hideaways for Insects

We’ve had some fantastic hand-made bug hotels donated by pupils at Aston Fields Middle School, Bromsgrove, thankyou so much! We’ve scattered them around our flower gardens and polytunnels where they’ll provide safe shelters for bees and hopefully attract some ladybirds and lacewings to help reduce the aphids that are eating our plants! Bug hotels provide great hidey holes for all sorts of insects and mini-beasts, giving warm and dry spaces to shelter, hide from predators and raise their young. They can be made from all kinds of different materials to fit in any space, making them great additions to support…

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Introducing the Love at Bonterre – A Youthworker’s View

Today the director of Bonterre, (Bonne Terre aptly named ‘good ground’ in French) collected me from my house to bring me to our little piece of home. For Bonterre isn’t just a job for those that work there, Bonterre is the good ground we all maintain with love and support that is the basis of our community. Our community is made up of many beautiful souls of different ages and backgrounds. We all come together to plant seeds, tend to the fruits of our labour and nurture all that walk our grounds; be that four legged or two!! On this particular…

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