Gathering pace as we head indoors…

Pigeon heaven inside the Folly (seems to have been a dovecote for the thirty years I have known it) and what a pile of pigeon dung! Which by all accounts is pretty darn good stuff to fertilise your allotment with!!

Wimpole Estate NT

Paul Coleman the Project Manager updates us on the lastest news from the Folly Project at Wimpole.

The Folly project is now in full swing with large areas of stonework repaired and conserved to the outside, however this week we have started to investigate the inside of the Folly and plan the 1st aid repairs to the structure.

Like the scene from a horror movie, cobwebs hanging from every surface, creaking doors and floor boards the interior of the Folly is in a very very fragile state.  Since its completion in 1772 and later conversion to the Game keepers cottage in 1805, up until the late 1920’s it was in use,  this kept the building alive and in someways in good order. The following decades have seen a rapid deterioration, especially in the 1970’s when the roof collapsed causing water to allow the rot and decay to take hold. …

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About Sadeik

You may ask why "Sadeik" well it means friend in arabic. Worked in Jordan a lot doing tree surgery you see. I have worked in forestry since I left school with a two years in Telecom. Went back to forestry and tree surgery as it may not have paid as much but was far more interesting and dangerous. Spent a lot of years mountaineering, caving and canoeing too. At 29 I went to Bangor University to study Forestry and soil science then did an MSc in Water engineering all very interesting. By a quirk of fate in 1995 ended up helping sort out the woodland and park at Wimpole, funny thing was then I only intended to stay six months or so, but 18 years later I'm still here learning all the time. That's the best bit, if I wasn't able to learn something new every year I would not have stayed and as you get older you realise that the grass is not so green in the next field after all. In fact my patch is getting greener while much of the rest is getting browner.
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