Dewi Morris ( a Local Conservation Volunteer.) has been busy with the pupils of LHS down in Cae Bodfach last Wednesday morning. Dewi introduced the Llanfyllin High School pupils of teacher Emyr Jones, who are studying land-based studies to the principles of forest gardening in their classroom. Then they met Dewi down in the Cae Bodfach where they spent the morning extending some willow planting alongside the River Cain. These plantings, which at the moment look like a giant game of “Twister” will have two purposes. Firstly they will act as a river bank revetment ( they will help stabilise the river banks to resist the winter floods) and secondly they will provide a source of basket willow ( an osier bed.)
The second group of LHS land-based pupils spent the rest of the morning helping to plant the rest of the willow bed and some fruit bushes ( red currants and black currants.) in the forest garden. The fruit bushes were planted at the edge of the canopy of an orchard tree. Here they will benefit from the wash off from the leaves of the fully grown trees.
Emyr Jones and his pupils are keen to learn more about the principles of Perma Culture and Forest Gardening. Over the next two years they will be able to help extend their class based studies with some real hands on plantings in the Town’s new public open space and help create a community food resource for Llanfyllin.
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