Hello from Crockwell, we hope you are well!
It’s hard to believe that we are now five months into a global pandemic that has affected us all on such an enormous scale and effectively halted life as normal. It has been a difficult time for everyone, most notably to us for so many couples who have had to postpone their weddings or change their plans. It is a situation that we never imagined and could not have forseen and has presented so many challenges, from looking after our growing and talented team to finding alternative dates for our couples and of course, completing a huge refurbishment project in the middle of lockdown. Gratefully, we have so far overcome most of these challenges though of course the struggle continues and for now, we don’t know when we will be able to return to hosting full weddings. However, one opportunity that lockdown presented was for us to start various landscaping projects around the farm; those tasks that we never usually have time to complete or that create inevitable mess before improvement! One success story has been the strip of wild flowers that we planted back in April, aligning the driveway. At Crockwell, sustainability and minimising our impact on the environment are crucial and we are always looking for ways to improve what we do and how we do it. A large part of our refurbishment was to install underfloor heating throughout the venue which is powered by our on site biomass boiler, reducing our use of oil. As we look to the future, introducing more wild flowers around the farm is something we will focus on. These meadows are wonderful habitats for a great variety of native British species, from insects, butterflies and bees to small animals, songbirds and larger birds of prey. They are a fascinating ecosystem and now that the flowers are in full bloom, the wildlife is evident in great abundance. Our thanks to local photographer, Ellie Mac for these beautiful images.