WHEELDON TREES FARM

Wildflower Meadow

The story of a small field…

During our renovations in 2007-8, the area behind our garages had become a sort of dumping ground for rocks, earth and undersoil removed when we dug trenches for our ground source heat pump.  In the summers of 2008 and 2009 we were blessed (!) with a bountiful display of thistles, dock leaves and nettles.

We thought we might be able to do better…

So, in October 2009, we prepared the field to be reborn as a wildflower meadow.  Having no idea how to go about this, we contacted the National Park Authority who proved extremely helpful…

We collected the wood debris for burning and buried rocks and stones in a couple of convenient depressions in our fields.  Next, we needed topsoil – in particular ‘poor’ or unimproved soil that had not been fertilized with animal or synthetic fertilizer.

Lucky for us, Bill Nadin (the local farmer who rents most or our land for grazing) mentioned that he had a bit of soil – i.e. a couple of hundred tons – which he believed had been removed from the top of what is now Hindlow quarry.  A soil sample analysis by the Park Authority confirmed it was suitable and several dumper loads later we had a pretty impressive looking patch of earth.

The Peak Park kindly supplied us with a bagful of wildflower seed together with instruction on the type and density of grass seed with which it needed to be mixed prior to sowing.  We seeded the field accordingly and waited for spring…

After a very cold winter and very dry spring, it seemed like an eternity before anything happened.  Slowly but surely, the bare earth acquired a green tinge, followed by a grass stubble.  As instructed, we removed docks and thistles that dared to invade although they continue to lurk on the margins.

By July 2010 we had a reasonably realistic grassy knoll (c.f. Blackadder the Third for clever literary reference…) and our first wild flowers – Yellow Rattle, Ribwort, Cat’s Ear and White Clover.

A year later, and the meadow was full of ox-eye daisies and an ever increasing variety of species…

In March 2011, we planted ten fruit and nut trees supplied by in the meadow – give us a few years and we’ll be making our own cider !

 

 

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Well our mini herb gardens are enjoying the warm weather.....!

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Great idea x

They were lovely ☘️

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We need your help to name our very cute 2 Valais Black-Nose boy lambs. Add your suggestions on this post by 7th August and we’ll do the rest. What are you waiting for ?!

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Win a 3 night off-peak stay at Wheeldon Trees !

We need your help to name our very cute 2 Valais Black-Nose boy lambs. Add your suggestions on this post by 7th August and we’ll do the rest. What are you waiting for ?!

 (Prize includes accommodation for a maximum of two adults and two children. Stay must be redeemed by June 2020 & excludes school holidays. Travel to and from the site is not included.  Entrants must be 18 or over. Draw takes place on 8th August 2019. Btw, Facebook is not a sponsor of this competition)

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Hooray. The lambs have names ! Firstly we want to say a very big thank you to all of you. We were overwhelmed by the number of posts and had a wonderful time looking at your varied and interesting suggestions. After much discussion (and I mean much) we've settled on: BUZZ AND WOODY !

😀👏 Congratulations to Rafael Kilim the winner of the short break at Wheeldon Trees Farm ! Well done you Rafael. We're especially pleased for you as you've told us you've never won a competition before and we're looking forward to welcoming you to Wheeldon Trees... 💥🌟

AND... if you were one of the six people who suggested the name combination of 'Buzz & Woody' we're going to send you a consolation prize of some toiletries made by local business Coconut Blush. We'll be in touch soon...

We have chosen the winner by randomly selecting one of the 338 posts that we received. As per the Facebook rules we are now waiting to hear back from them...!

Last day to suggest names for our lovely lambies....!

And if you're passing please feel free to pop in and say hi to Buzz and Woody !!!

Our first visit in two weeks time! Can't wait 🙂 I showed this picture to my one year old son and he pointed to his Woody doll, whilst watching Fireman Sam. So we're going for Woody and Sam 🙂

We love our stay with you 2 years ago, Alex and Millie still talk about it! We're currently on a roadtrip round Europe and have Visited Haarlem (NL) and are now in Frankfurt, so their suggestion is Harley and Frankie!

Aww how cute are these 2?! I think as they have the same haircut as our current pm you should call one Boris and the other johnson. Or maybe Boris and Donald? 😂

I’m voting for Wallis (Valais in German) and Grommit 😃 I know it’s not the exact matching spellings but I think pretty fun! Would absolutely love to treat my little boy, his name is Jacob so also named after a type of sheep 😍😃 he loves exploring too! What about you Sue Gibson? Xx

I think Apollo and Artemis, after the first moon landing 50 years ago and the current moon project! 🐑 It's in keeping with the A theme started by your alpacas too! 🦙

I suggest Peak & District 🐑 I hope Albert is behaving! Love from Dylan 🦙🦙🦙

Wheeldon Trees is a very special place to Fudge - it was the first holiday he had ever been on, even when we adopted him at the age of 4. He is now almost 12, and thinks that the names should reflect how happy being at Wheeldon Trees makes him. So Asher (of Jewish origin, meaning happy or fortunate) and Gale (of Irish origin - just like Fudge - meaning happy and cheerful).

In honour of my two aunties - brandy and sherry. ( They had cats with those names) 😀

Mop and Bucket! 😊 gorgeous place - missed it this year.

Following the anniversary of the moon landing theme:- Apollo and Columbia 🌝

Jeeves and Wooster - this suggests a VALET (see what I done there?) and an upper class animal

Solomon (after Solomon’s Temple) and Jacob (after Jacobs Ladder). We love Wheeldon Trees, my husband and I have been many times on our own but have yet to take the children so this would be a fabulous prize 😊

Armstrong and Aldrin. To commemorate Apollo 11 as Wheeldon Trees, too, reaches for the stars! 💫 🌟

I'd go with bud and Chesney my Grandad loved Flanagan and Allan and taught me to sing all there songs and well it's different.....

I love the names Oreo and Domino 😍😍😍

Buzz and Neil as it’s 50 years since the first moon landing. We love Wheeldon Trees 🌳. X

Hello handsome boys 😍Humbug and Zeb ( zebra ) x

Tony and Luke after the naughty but lovely Tour de France riders disqualified yesterday.

Oh my you have Valais Black-Nose! I love them.. Holmes and Watson

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