Cae Ysbyty at Cae Bodfach

The herb garden at Cae Bodfach is actually called ‘Cae Ysbyti’. Cae Ysbyty means ‘hospital field’ and was a flower rich meadow field where sick animals would be taken to self medicate by grazing on the wild flowers. Grace Maycock working with Sector 39 had a vision for Bodfach’s Cae Ysbyty two years ago and…

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Christian Ethics, Climate Emergency and Nonviolent Action

Statement for general releas We are in the midst of a planetary mass extinction event, driven by human actions and sustained by unjust social structures and political institutions. Climate disruption, biodiversity loss, and the collapse of ecosystems now threaten the survival of much of life on Earth, including, potentially, human life. While lament and repentance…

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Scything, Sunflowers and Sunshine

The grass in the Community Forest garden at Cae Bodfach has grown up good and tall. We have been mowing paths through it every couple of weeks and the pathways are looking lovely. We purposefully don’t cut some areas as long grass is great for wildlife. It provides good habitat, food sources and shelter needed…

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Using Local Materials

Local Materials Last week at Cae Bodfach Hannah and I strengthened the circular dead hedge inside the herb garden using the left over willow. So simple yet so effective. Using local materials or those which you have to hand makes for a far stronger and more sustainable design. The willow was grown onsite, coppiced and…

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Spring into action

The first buds of spring are bursting open and it was a pleasure to be down at Cae Bodfach this morning to see the first signs of a new season all around. Jack and I had gone into Llanfyllin to visit the high school to interview the school’s ‘eco-group’ members. Conscious kids who are leading…

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Bishop John talks to our schools about climate change

Sector39 were delighted to host a visit earlier this year from the Bishop of Salford. Bishop John came with 2 colleagues to find out about the One School One Planet and how we might be able to help them develop their own aspirations to rise to the climate challenge. We shared some of the teaching…

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Humble Hedgerows and Landscape Connectivity

This winter we have planted over 400 native trees and shrubs at Cae Bodfach with local volunteers, MENCAP and Llanfyllin high school students in the form of shelter belts and hedgerows. Go Team! A mixed variety of native tree and shrubs including Hazel, Dog rose, Blackthorn and Elder were planted to fill in the gaps…

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