Friends of Ryton Organic Gardens

The Friends of Ryton Organic Gardens has been established to explore how the gardens can be safeguarded for the future in partnership with whoever owns the site and other organisations which are interested. They invite everyone who loves the gardens to get involved. Please join their Facebook group and like their page to keep in touch with them. … [Read more…]

Visit to Lauriston Farm, Goldhanger, on Saturday 28July 2018

Situated right on the Blackwater Estuary,  just outside Goldhanger in Essex, Lauriston Farm’s 210 acres  are managed using Biodynamic techniques and philosophy inspired by  Rudolph Steiner’s Agriculture Lectures from 1924. The farm is home to  rare breed Shetland cattle and North Ronaldsay sheep, bee hives, laying  hens, vegetables, woodland and a strong social farming impulse. Eighty-five percent of the farm is designated as a Site of Special  Scientific Interest.  Within this, there are also two listed ancient monuments.  They produce Demeter certified beef, lamb, vegetables, fruits and meadow hay  and organically certified knitting yarn, sheepskin rugs and throws.  The farm’s May newsletter reported an unpredictable spring this year and that they have come and gone from what feels like winter straight into summer a few times already.  Much of these sudden leaps have given a fresh impulse for their work such as the cold snap in March which allowed interior building work to be completed and then the balmy heights of mid-April which saw a sudden rush of lambs, with half their lambs born in three days. … [Read more…]

Visit to Monastery of St John the Baptist, Tolleshunt Knights, near Maldon

We decided it was just too hot for us after a little while, so we decided to stroll down to the village Church, which in 1958 was sold by the Church of England to the Greek  Orthodox Church who have carefully restored it as a chapel attached to  the Monastery of St John the Baptist, which they established in grounds around the Old Rectory. You can read  ‘A Brief Introduction to “The History Of Tolleshunt Knights” at this link. … [Read more…]