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Hello everyone,

I am not sure what the weather thinks it is doing at the moment. One minute it’s sunny and warm, then it’s pouring down with rain and cold. But people still come to visit us and we like that very much!

Orchard Trust is part of the Forest of Dean Dementia Action Alliance and every third Thursday of the month we have a Gentle Country Walk. I heard they have tea/coffee and biscuits followed by some gentle exercise, led by a walk leader. These walks are mainly aimed at people who are living with Dementia and their carers but are also suitable for those with mobility difficulties who would like to enjoy the outdoors in a safe and supportive environment. This site has a network of level tarmac paths which are wide enough to support two wheelchairs to pass comfortably and for those who use a walking aid to be supported on both sides.  There are plenty of benches to sit and rest along the way and I like it that we goats are part of the walk, so people come to say hello to us and sometimes give us some food. Unfortunately we are not allowed biscuits.

Also along the walk is the Rabbitarium which is now functioning and giving a home for the guinea pigs, hamsters and the rabbits, who have been happily lolloping around. We plan to give a home to a couple of ducks and chickens in there too. I am looking forward to meeting them.

Our Summer Fete went really well this year, the weather was in our favour and I saw loads of people enjoying themselves. All of us in the goat family certainly enjoyed meeting the visitors and showing off our new adventure playground. Although I don’t do maths, I heard that we have raised around £3000 which is wonderful.  A huge thank-you to everyone that attended and supported us. If you missed the Fete, don’t worry because our site is open for visitors all year round, just get in touch if you would like to come and meet us.