CEFF Project: The Last Straw

This project aims to restore organic oaten, rye and wheat straws being grown on the lough shore of Upper Lough Erne and harvest them using traditional tools and methods involving retired farmers. It will also provide local schools, history and environment groups with the opportunity to be included by learning and documenting traditional growing and harvesting techniques that are at risk of dying out.

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CEFF Project: The Last Straw

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This project aims to restore organic oaten, rye and wheat straws being grown on the lough shore of upper lough erne after a gap of 5 years since the last native grower (the late, Red Hughie Boyle) passed away.

The growing and harvesting will involve retired farmers using traditional tools and methods, and will use a plot of ground known as bog meadow was historically used for potato and oat growing. This plot is located 300 yards from Trannish Island ASSI.

At all stages of this project local schools, history and environment groups will be included as a priority as Red Hughie Boyle gave regular access to visiting groups to witness, learn and document traditional growing and harvesting techniques as well as collating localised farming terms that are at risk of dying out.

The straws will be used entirely for the purposes of using grain straws for the distinctive mumming costumed disguises for straw craft workshops in heritage crafts revolving around calendar craft customs and harvest thanksgiving ceremonies.

For more information contact Elmarie Swanepoel call 0770 250 8777 email: elmarie.swanepoel@rspb.org.uk

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