The exterior development work at Garvald Home Farm is now effectively complete. Generous funding from Scottish Borders LEADER Fund, the Robertson Trust, SSE Sustainable Development Fund, and the Garvald Trust has allowed the creation of a new access road, two new sheds, a rainwater harvesting system, and handling systems for sheep and cattle. This is documented below in text and photographs. Please see development (big byre interior) for a report on the development of our meat and dairy processing facilities.
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Work on Garvald Home Farm’s “Galvanising Garvald” project started on 7th May 2018 with the arrival of a 22-tonne excavator and driver Mark from MWGroundworks:
Mark cut the first turf to make a temporary road, to allow construction of a new road access to Walton Cottage:
The temporary road was soon open:
The existing track through the Kennel Field was closed off to allow three big limes to be felled:
Excavation could then begin on the new access:
Many lorries with tonnes of stone for foundation and surfacing:
Hey presto! A new road….
…and a cattle grid from Allan Jeffrey.
The new road allowed work to begin on replacing two old sheds. First, a bit of tree surgery:
And a container to hoist out of the way:
The Dutch Barn, already damaged by winter storms, is given a big push:
Dancing excavators clear tonnes of debris:
The tin shed behind the back shed is given a sharp pull…
And it’s down:
Soon there is a big empty space ready for a new wooden Farmplus shed:
A newly exposed seam of soft sand attracts a huge new colony of sand martins:
The sand martins are left alone while we build a giant lego retaining wall:
Each block weighs over two tonnes:
Meanwhile, all of the other shed has vanished… well, all but some metal uprights:
Now the new Farmplus shed is being put together by Ian and Dale:
The first truss in place last weekend:
A long-awaited roller shutter door
Tanks in place…
Plumbed in to the rhones and downpipes…
…and able to supply water to cattle and sheep in pens
The concrete foundation for a state of the art cattle handling system from John Thorburn
The much smaller sheep handling system in use for shearing
That’s all folks! Of course no farm ever stands still and there are continuing challenges to re-instate walls, improve drainage, and to make the most of the new facilities. But this marks the effective completion of all specifically grant-aided exterior work.
Being updated currently……………. 2019
Funding has been provided by generous grants from Scottish Borders LEADER Fund, the Robertson Trust, SSE Sustainable Development Fund, and the Garvald Trust. We are also raising money through individual philanthropic donations and fundraising websites such as JustGiving. Please see our donate page for information on how to help us.
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