A full and varied programme of visits was provided by Caroline and her team at Ashdown Forest. We had our summer meeting followed by a lovely lunch of Hebridean Lamb raised on the Forest and cooked by Ashdown Forest stock man Dan. This was followed by a tour of grazing sites where we saw their Riggit youngstock, cows and Stonehouse Dipper. We nipped into the National Cats Protection League Centre for tea and cake as the Hebridean sheep and the Heb Mules were grazing near by. A barbeque ended the day in a convivial fashion.
The following day saw visits to see Elizabeth Buchanan’s Sussex cattle, winter grazed sites at Wakehurst Place and a fascinating tour of the Sussex Police Training ground which includes a nuclear bunker originally dug as housing for a WWII transmitter. A visit to The Coach and Horses for dinner rounded off our day.
Friday saw us an hour away from Ashdown Forest visiting the Surrey Wildlife Trust’s herd of Belted Galloway Cattle at Boxhill Farm. This herd is also used on many sites for conservation grazing. Thanks to James Stoyles and his team for a very interesting visit.
As always very many thanks to our hosts and all those who offered us such wonderful hospitality. There are many photographs on the Riggit Galloway Facebook page.
The winter meeting is scheduled for Wednesday 12th February 2020. At the summer meeting it was decided to hold this at Stoneleigh in the RBST headquarters if possible. This is to be confirmed