Livestock in situ, hay made, we decided to invest in the adjoining field to add to that we had already purchased. Another 1.75 acres – it would enable us to rest our land and to grow our flock of Shropshire sheep and Gloucestershire Old Spot pigs. So we scrambled together the funds and purchased the field to the other side of the track (shown on the left of the photograph below).

Plump Hill Farm | Fencing a Small Holding | High Welfare Meat Producer | Forest of Dean

Plump Hill Farm | Fencing a Small Holding | High Welfare Meat Producer | Forest of Dean

Of course more land equals more fencing. Cue draft in the family!

Plump Hill Farm | Fencing a Small Holding | High Welfare Meat Producer | Forest of Dean

This time we also drafted in friends. We have a friend who keeps her wellies at ours and just mucks in. She’s simply the best!

Plump Hill Farm | Fencing a Small Holding | High Welfare Meat Producer | Forest of Dean

Now all this hard work deserves some reward. I mean, family (and friends) will always help, but we work so hard sometimes it’s just nice to enjoy our surroundings. To sit down and relax. So, one summer evening our family helpers pitched their tents and we enjoyed an evening on the land. We slept in the agricultural poly tunnel!

Plump Hill Farm | Fencing a Small Holding | High Welfare Meat Producer | Forest of Dean

Plump Hill Farm | Fencing a Small Holding | High Welfare Meat Producer | Forest of Dean

Plump Hill Farm | Fencing a Small Holding | High Welfare Meat Producer | Forest of Dean

The following morning, we tucked into our home reared produce. Camping? There is nothing like it and cooking on a gas burner with our own produce made it an experience never to be forgotten.

Plump Hill Farm | Fencing a Small Holding | High Welfare Meat Producer | Forest of Dean

On this occasion the family dashed off straight after breakfast – they said they had something else to do! Mmmmm. I wonder? Onwards and upwards, a quick cup of tea and back to the fencing…. just Stuart and me.

Plump Hill Farm | Fencing a Small Holding | High Welfare Meat Producer | Forest of Dean