It was a super week with the One Year On exhibition at the Old School being really well attended. People enjoyed seeing the plans and outlines for progressing forward and appreciated being kept in the loop. The event gave everyone the chance to come along and have their say – we’re interested in everyone’s opinion, positive or negative, as we’re always looking for suggestions and ideas to shape the future of the Estate.
Daniel discusses the vision for the Estate
Locals review the plans for the future
The Old School had been spruced up with a lick of paint and Craig had cut the grass. The display boards, which were very informative, looked great and Jacqui was on hand to welcome everyone with a cuppa and a Grantham Gingerbread.
Many of the Estate team were on hand to discuss the Estate vision and answer any questions, including Jackie, Leanne, Joe and Damien, along with Coral who works with new and existing businesses on the Estate. There were also representatives from the architect and planning teams – Marcus Beale, Takero Shimazaki and Indigo.
Paul speaks with Takero
Many locals visited the exhibition
Locals particularly enjoyed meeting Paul Barnes, who recently joined us as Estate Manager.
Paul is a local chap who comes from a farming background. He is a family man and he and his wife Jo, along with their two young children (the eldest of which is soon to start school) are all looking forward to coming and living here on the Estate. Having been born in Louth he has a long-standing family and farming involvement in this area which means Paul already knows many of the people who he comes into contact with here at South Ormsby.
Paul will look after all aspects of running the Estate from farming to tenancy, with Paul’s experience of diverse farming practices, along with woodland and wildlife habitat management, he will help the Estate move forward. He is proud to still own milk bottles stamped with the Barnes Bros Dairies logo from his grandparent’s dairy farming days.
His mantra is a quote from Darwin; ‘It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, it is the one most adaptable to change.’
The Estate’s cowslips are now starting to flower
A beautiful reed bunting has been spotted
White bells are now in bloom
Spring is truly here despite the mixed weather. The flora and fauna are really coming to life and it is great to see colour and greenery all around us. The Estate is abundant with wild garlic, bluebells, white bells, cowslips and other pretty flowers that we are unsure of the names of! The beautiful cherry blossom tree up at the Church is quite spectacular.
Birds, bees and butterflies are out there proving spring has finally sprung. In fact, several unusual species of bird have been sighted including red kites, reed buntings and black caps as well as our usual friend’s geese, buzzards, pheasants and partridges. The jackdaw’s nest from previous years was less impressive though, as it was blocking the Morning Room chimney!
The guys from British Trust for Ornithology came back to revisit the nesting boxes they had put up last year. It would be great to think some owls might be nesting with us!