We have been involved with farming, music, art & crafts and the countryside all our married life. We have been lucky enough to have lived in some of the most beautiful places in Britain but for the last 24 years we have lived in the most beautiful - the South Shropshire Hills in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Over the years we have travelled on a journey through many hobbies and interests - smallholding, cheesemaking, wine making, brewing, folk music, art, animal husbandry (having bred pedigree Hereford Cattle and Shropshire Sheep for many years together with over 20 years experience with dairy goats). We also presented a radio programme for over 11 years - “Harts of Folk” on Radio Maldwyn - www.magic756.com.
But now is the time to fit this jigsaw together on our smallholding. Each little piece of our lives will be slotted into the ‘Gleanings’ experience from courses in folk music and art through to wildlife, farming and rural crafts.
Read James Rudman's "Hart of the Country" article in Countryside Magazine.
Known as the 6’5” gentle
giant with an over enthusiastic mind! “Having been brought
up in the countryside I have enjoyed working with farmers,
farm animals and nature. My interests have always had a link
to the countryside having helped my father on the farm in
my childhood to specialising in the footcare of cattle since
moving to Shropshire. Yvonne introduced me to folk music more
than 30 years ago and now that has linked everything together
with my love of rural history, photography and crafts.”
“Although I was not brought
up on a farm I have always had the love for farming, the countryside
and nature. I rolled these together by combining art, smallholding,
horticulture and folk music. Although trained in the commercial
world I have tried desperately to avoid it having worked with
John on farms as calf rearer, tractor driver, slave and more
recently running a horticultural micro nursery specialising
in edible plants - vegetables, fruit bushes and trees as well
More About Gleanings
Gleanings has been created with sustainability
in mind - converted from a stable block into a wooden construction
with wooden floor and decking and set in the middle of our 14 acre
smallholding - wildlife site in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
in the South Shrophshire Hills, we are also in the Higher Level
of Stewardship Scheme which has been set up to protect the countryside.
It is heated by a logburner making use
of our small woodland coppice. One side of the building is glass
enabling all on courses to soak up the amazing views of the Stiperstones
range of hills, with The Devil’s Chair outcrop taking centre
Why not become a Gleaner?