Glassie Smallholding;

What we have here; MAP

Tree Planting

We have created quite a few tree belts / coppices and wind breaks up here already. We are aiming to create a great place for native wildlife and flora / fauna while running a rural business that gives long lasting great memories to all that stay with us.

We have planted trees such as; Scots Pine, Silver Birch, English Oak, Rowan, Copper Beech, Sweet Chestnuts just to mention a few. Then we have also added smaller trees / shrubs for wind break forming, such as; Blackthorn, Elder and wild plums and Hazel.   

Fruit bearing trees are a great interest to me, so I have dotted the smallholding with them and also planted up a couple of small orchard`s with things such as;

Plums:- Early Rivers, Victiria, and some more unusual ones like; Riene Claude D`Oullins, Mirabelle De Nancy.

Aples:- James Grieve, Egremont Russet, Bramley.

Pears:- Conference, Williams, Clapp`s Favourite.

Cherries:- Sunburst, Regina, Morrello.

Blueberries:- Pink Lemonade. 

Then your more exotic things such as; Gojiberry, Saskatoons, Szechuan Pepper, Medlers and Quince  

While also having raspberries, black currents, red currents, gooseberries, blackberries, tay berries and strawberries.   

Flora and Fauna; Wild Meadows.

We have some great natural wild grassland meadows that has not had chemicals on them since we came here in 2004. It has been left to its own devices to hopefully draw in owls and birds of prey who hunt mice and voles in the long grass tussocks, while also giving some birds a great nesting site.
 
We are trying to help things along a bit by getting native seeds and just spreading them around to hopefully give a natural look. We also bought a few mixed seed packs and these included:- Field Poppy, Corn Marigold, Cornflower, Corn Cockle, Common Knapweed, Red Campion, OX-Eye Daisy, Meadow Buttercup, Lady`s Bedstraw, White Campion and Yarrow with grasses like:- Browntop Bent, Strong Creeping Red Fescue, Crested Dogstail, Meadow and Sheeps Fescue. We have also added the odd plant here and there as well, things such as:- Sneezewort, Red Campion, Ragged Robin, Bladder Campion, Field Poppy, Cornflower, Teasel. 
 
 

Planting for nature around the farmhouse and The Bunkhouse;

We have tried not to over manicure the site around our house and The Bunkhouse, to encourage wildlife for us and our clients to see. An example of that is to leave a strip of grass around the side of walls and the buildings for bugs to hide in.

We have planted the usual snowdrops, daffodils / narcussus and tulips for the early polinators and quick of the mark queen bee`s. Then we have quite a few early flowering alpine plants in the carpark stone walls and borders, such as; Oxalis, Phlox, Lithodora and sedum`s. We have a wind break made up of great scented flowering plants like Spiraea Sparkling Champagene, Spiraea Snowmound and honeysuckle and flowering red current.  

The Bunkhouse flower pots have scented plants like dianthus / primulas and wall flowers at present. While the farmhouse has a selection of pots with herbs for our own and clients use if you ask, we have; mint / thyme / parsley / sage / lemon balm / curry plant / bronze fennel and rosemary. 

 

Fungi on the Smallholding and surrounding woodlands. 

There is a real diverse selection of fungi to be found within an easy walk of us, its in our fields and pine wooded area`s and along quiet forestry tracks. These few pictures show you a good selection.

People who use our site to educate and have fun outside.

Wee Adventures;

Bushcraft; Get back to nature with bush craft in the woods. You might make your own shelter; choose and shape tools and toys; learn fire laying techniques and how to use fire strikers; discover techniques to keep a fire alight; toast marshmallows or learn the secrets of making bush donuts over a campfire. There is lots to learn and explore!

Forest Fun; A day in the woods with endless adventures to embark on! You might form teams and play running wide games through the woods; learn how to scramble over boulders and steep ground; build a den or design a tarpaulin shelter; create your own bush art; invent your own obstacle course; toast marshmallows over an open fire. One thing is guaranteed: no two days are ever the same!

Foraging; Whitehouse Foraging will confidently identify plants, fungi and help you experience new flavours with healthy eating from seasonal plants in the wild. Contact Graham on 07765-145185

Target Archery; We will get our range set up specifically to help you succeed, with targets that can move both forwards and backwards, you'll be hitting the centre in no time. Contact; Willowgate Activity Centre.