February 13, 2015

The land


What the land & soils are like >

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Perennials we have planted>

What the land & soils are like

Midfields is a three acre parcel of land between Nibley & Yate.

The site is bordered by the Frome to the north and Badminton Rd & industrial estates to the south. To the east there are plans for a solar farm & wildflower meadow.

The West field is flat with a nice loamy soil, but the soils are shallow. Only 20-30cm on average.

The east field slopes down to the frome, but there are several flat areas.

Based on nearby soils we expect

Nitrogen 0.24
PH 7
Olsen-Phosphorus (mg/kg) 2007: 47.32
Soil Depth: SHALLOW
C:N ratio 2007: 11.23
ESB Description: SANDSTONE
Dominant broad habitat: Arable and Horticulture
Bulk Density (g cm-3) 2007: 1.16

Zone 9 Mean annual temperature 10.2 -12


The site has been neglected pasture for the last 10 years,

We will foster biodiversity and conserve sensitive habitats and landscape features, we will enhance and maintain the long term fertility and biological activity of soils.
We will treat livestock ethically, meeting their physiological and behavioural needs.
Mature trees and woodland are major contributors to the beauty and amenity value of the landscape. Individual trees and woodland play a vital part in conserving landscape and species diversity. They provide an ecological, recreational and a long-term timber resource. To this end we will increase the tree cover on the land to at least 30% in line with the objectives of the forest of Avon.
We plan to install New water features, develop wild flower areas to support our beehives and plant over 50 meters of hedges.
Approaches such as Agroforestry use a minimal input of resources and energy, create a harmonious eco-system and cause the least possible damage to the environment, while still having the potential to achieve high productivity.

We have a bit of a Himalayan Balsm problem near the river, we are pulling this up by hand to get on top of it.

Perennials we have planted

Common Alder x 20 Alnus glutinosa  Planted as a windbreak and Nitrogen fixer

Eleagnus Ebbengei X x30  Planted as a windbreak and Nitrogen fixer

Russian olive Elaeagnus angustifolia Planted as a windbreak and Nitrogen fixer, with the possibility of fruit

Black Mulberry Morus Nigra For fruit & young leaves in salads

Sweet chestnut (Marigoude, Grafted)  Castanna Sativia For nuts

Sweet Chestnut Castanna Sativia x10 For grafting

Plum (Rivan) August, Colt rootstock, For fruit

Plum (Lizzie) Mid July, self fertile, flower group 1 For fruit

Plum (Opal) St Julien root, August, self fertile, flower group 3, For fruit

Plum (Victoria) St Julien root, , late August,  self fertile, flower group 3, For fruit

Pear (Beurre Hardy) Quince C Root Late season, Flower group 4, For fruit

Cherry (Stella) July, Self fertile, Flower group 4 For fruit.

Cherry (Morello) Late July Colt root, For fruit

Cherry (Kordia) Mid August, Self fertile, P Stella, For fruit >

Strawberry tree (Arbutus Unendo) >

Beech x 8 as a small hedge

10 meter mixed native hedge of Hazel, Beech, Holly

Apple (Discovery) August, M6 root, Self sterile, Flower group 3, P Braeburn, Eating, Juice. >

Apple (Parlour door) October? Gloucestershire, critical, MM106 root, Eater, Cooker >

Apple (Red Styre), October? Gloucestershire, critical, MM106 root, Eater, Cider >

Apple (Rheads Reinette), October? Gloucestershire, MM106 root, Eater >

Apple (Molly Kernel), October? Gloucestershire, critical, M6 root, Eater >

Apple, (Jackets and Petticoats)  October? Gloucestershire, critical   >

Apple (Jonagold) Mid October, M6 root, Self sterile, Flower group 4, P Braeburn Eating, Cooking, Juice >

Apple (Braeburn) November, December, M6 Root, Self fertile, Flower group 4, Eater, Storer >

Apple (Wellstead Pippin), December, Yate, Gloucestershire,  M6 root, Eater>

 On order

 Marjories seedling plum