Category Archives: Apple pruning

Summer Projects

The good summer weather has meant that the many volunteers who have stayed here have been working mainly on outdoor tasks and their efforts have made a great difference to the environment here.

In general the volunteers’ day starts with breakfast and animal care, in particular the cleaning of the stables, feeding the animals and providing them with clean water.  Later, there is time for the volunteers to work on particular tasks and projects or certain aspects of animal care such as helping the farrier, cleaning the donkeys’ eyes and ears, grooming the donkeys or walking the dogs.

There are also projects within the grounds and this year some volunteers have been continuing with the pruning of old wood from the many apple trees or clearing and reorganizing the vegetable garden which has been greatly improved by a lot of hard work as you can see from the photo below.

Vegetable garden cleared and ready to replant.

Vegetable garden cleared and ready to replant.

The biggest project this summer has been the digging out of a small pond above the main Lily Pond to provide an area for quiet meditation.  The excess water from the small pond will drain down into the Lily Pond.  A fair number of vehicle tires were found abandoned in this area and, as they are difficult to remove entirely and to recycle, they are being used to form the bank of the pond and will be covered eventually with a lining which will hide them.  We think that the pond is coming along nicely as these photos will show.

New pond under construction and being inspected by Burribu.

New pond under construction and being inspected by Burribu.

Pond under construction.

Pond under construction.

The Lily Pond

The Lily Pond

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Apples, apples, apples……………………..by Marleen

Cider barrels are ready and waiting

The apples are loaded onto the lorry

One of the October tasks at the donkey paradise is harvesting all the apples (the ones the donkeys haven’t eaten, that is). Fortunately, they leave enough for us to sell them to a cider factory in Nava. The money is always used to improve the living conditions of the animals.

Sadly, the apple trees produce fewer apples each year, as they need regular pruning. This year we harvested only about 4000 kilos, whereas last year we had more than twice this quantity.

If you are a good pruner, why not hop over to Asturias as a volunteer for a couple of weeks??
Your presence and your work would much be appreciated!!

VOLUNTEERS WITH PRUNING SKILLS NEEDED – FOR THE APPLE TREES