Biodiversity, Ecological Education and Ecotherapy

by Ecotherapy East in Halesworth, Suffolk, United Kingdom

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On 9th July 2022 we successfully raised £2,833 with 48 supporters in 69 days

We offer nature-based events and opportunities to care for our meadow. We are fundraising for a water supply and a shed for our equipment.

by Ecotherapy East in Halesworth, Suffolk, United Kingdom

Our land-tending weekend on the meadow, connections and Tea Party

Hi all,

We had another rich and eventful weekend at the Church Farm Ecotherapy East meadow in Bramfield with a group of dedicated volunteers. We tended the trees, cut wood, cleared the entrance to the site, made bee homes, gave tours of the land, caught up and most importantly savoured and appreciated the beauty of the land and each others' company. We made some connections with other local growers and farmers too.

The first special moment was when we discovered that the yellow rattle which we planted last November appeared on the meadow. This is great news because this beautiful plant can help tremendously with creating wildflower meadow by suppressing vigorous grass. Read more in this handy article about the yellow rattle: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/gardening-blog/2012/sep/27/yellow-rattle-meadow-grassland?fbclid=IwAR28hl_i1S04T-Uv7hPK0xqJmmPONr8QEKnr-kjjB-MZNnQLYJ05o_9k3r8

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We also enjoyed seeing the ragged-robin taking off in the wildflower patches and in the turf labyrinth. Other wildflowers in bloom we saw were: daisies, buttercups, and one of the small dog roses is in bloom first time since planted in 2020. Biodiversity is indeed increasing on the meadow. We spotted mining bee and skimmer dragonfly

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Nick and Ian made bee homes out of tins and sticks.

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We had a lovely social time too whilst eating our lunch and later in the evening, with songs and stories round the fire. 

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On Sunday The Labyrinth Walk Workshop took place led by local interfaith minister and yoga teacher Satya Staziker from Bungay. Most of the participants came to the land in March and helped with weeding of the labyrinth. It was lovely for them to see the labyrinth transformed and filled with wildflowers. It was equally great for the labyrinth to be used again for wellbeing and personal growth. This is what the social enterprise is about. 

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During the weekend we were fortunate to visit Hall Farm in Wenhaston where the Bob and Annie have been rewilding their 25 acre land for about 15 years. The biodiversity on their land was in abundance and some areas were totally untouched by man. On Sunday we visited the Clarkes Lane Orchard where Jim, the grower, showed us over 300 apple trees, apricots, plums and cherries and told us about the story of the orchard -  and how it developed over the years and what happens with all the apples. We are also planning to start a community orchard in September this year during the Green Week. 

Finally, we have a Tea Party coming up this Sunday 29.5. 3-6pm at our house on College road, Norwich. We will have some great cakes, teas and drinks. An opportunity to ask about our work, to network with others and donate a little to our project. If you would like to come, RSVP to [email protected] 

That's it for now. Please spread the word about our crowdfunder: https://crowdfunder.co.uk/p/ecotherapy-east

Warm wishes, Sebastiana and the Ecotherapy East team


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Tour of the land in Bramfield and a cuppa

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