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International volunteers day with tai calon

The volunteers, Magda (Poland),Katerlin(Hungary)Gonzalu, Xavier,Ander (all from Spain)and Barador(Hungary) arrived on site about lunchtime friday 4 th August, Gwynfor and Aoron (tai calon and Green Earth showed them how to load the charcoal kiln, (funded by Police crime commissioners proceeds of crime grant), when it was fully loaded Gwynfor  fired it up, and copious amounts of smoke billowed out of it, we left it for an hour after informing the fire brigade that we had a controlled fire in the woodlands, and proceed to the heritage orchard where they weeded and mulched all the fruit trees.

loading kiln

loading kiln

fully loaded ready to put the lid on

fully loaded ready to put the lid on

gwynfor lighting the blue touch paper!!

gwynfor lighting the blue touch paper!!

Gwynfor and Aoron sealed the lid and the ports and put the chimneys on and occasionally rotated the chimneys to get an even burn, we all had chips from hilltop chip shop (as everyone was soaking wet and cold, it had rained the whole time and Gwynfor did a brew in the billy kettle to warm us up, they then did a bit of thinning and wildlife habitat making   in the woodlands near the steps to the pond.

just lit

just lit

mulching and weeding

mulching and weeding

burning nicely

burning nicely

We abandoned ship about 4.30 pm and after hot showers and dry clothes repaired to Susy’s for dinner.

The kiln produced about 6 bags of charcoal and parchar when it had cooled the following day and we look forward to trying it out on a bbq.We are very happy with the trial run.

charcoal and parchar

charcoal and parchar

international volunteers

international volunteers

The volunteers very kindly returned the favour by cooking a meal in St. George’s church on their last night in Tredegar, with dishes from all their three countries.We thank them for all their help and wish them well.

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