2020 diary

Our work continued through 2020 in spite of the difficultues…..

Our EuCAN groups have been active during the spring and summer fulfilling as many of their tasks as possible within the constraints of the Covid 19 guidelines. Have a look at these albums of photos showing a selection of our activities.

The EuCAN Dorset Midweek Volunteers 

Hedgelaying course 1

Dorset Midweek Volunteers Hedgelaying course. Click on photos to enlarge.


Scrubcutting on Hogcliff National Nature reserve

To see more photos of the EuCAN DMV group at work click on this link. And for more info click here.

The EuCAN Somerset Volunteers


Clearing the biomass at Combe Hill, nr Street. What a view!  Photo: Malcolm Halfacre


and West Coker fen for the Somerset Wildlife Trust, September 2020. click to enlarge.


Coppicing the overstood hazel hedge on the western boundary at West Coker Fen


Stacking peasticks, bean poles and cordwood. Photos: Malcolm Halfacre.

Our other work using volunteers and contractors:

Haymaking on the Terraces 22.7.20

Haymaking on the Terrace Meadow SNCI summer 2020. Click on photos to enlarge.


Poundbury grass cutting Nov and Dec 2020 – we are helping to create a wildlife-rich grassland on this slope.

First day - a gargantuan task ahead!

logsplitting and stacking November 2020 – we have made a good profit on our logging business this year and last – to spend on our other conservation activities. 


Updated October 2020

During the challenging times that we are experiencing, many of us are finding the time to grow more food ourselves than we have for a long time, and many people will be learning from scratch just how valuable and satisfying it is to be able to do this. What a frightening thought it is that without supplies of food from the supermarkets, a significant proportion of the population would be totally stuck in gardens laid down to lawn or decking, with drives now completely paved. No room for food or wildlife!

It isn’t necessary to live in the countryside or even to have a spacious garden in the town or city to be able to grow your own – window boxes, window sills even, roof gardens and pots on patios can be very productive!

Can you help show how it can be done please? We would like to collect as many photos as possible in our Flickr album of different growing enterprises, whether they be allotments, smallholdings with goats and chickens, tiny patches in the lawn or a conservatory growing herbs and bean sprouts…

Thank you for all the photos you sent in – we have uploaded them into the Growing to Survive YouCan! Flickr album, updated as far as October – the most recent photos are on page 3 of the Flickr album. Check out the album yourself on this link!


Kevin and Val’s amazingly productive small garden ready for winter.


Another very productive 4m x 4.5m plot in north Dorset. Click to enlarge.


A highly organised Community Garden in  Suffolk. Click to enlarge.


Not much space in the garden but plenty of seedlings coming on!