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Mantel Farm Newsletter - December 2016

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Gift Vouchers for Christmas, The Wild Rabbit, Weather, Gardening, Promotions and Special Offers...
Gift Vouchers for Christmas...

Shop_Christmas_2015At a Mantel Farm Team meeting we came up with the great idea of Gift Vouchers in time for Christmas - something new and simple we thought, but many hours later after designing the vouchers (the fun bit) and then linking them into the website (the not so fun bit!) I began to regret saying 'I'll do that!' However, we are finally there, and I am pleased (very pleased!) to be able to say that our vouchers are now available to buy in our shop and on our website.... so, if you are wondering what to buy someone for Christmas, you now have the perfect gift!

Soon our Christmas decorations will be up in the shop and we should be able to play those Christmas tracks (if we can get our speakers working - we seem to suffer from a little dust problem here - having a shop in a chicken shed!).  Dont forget we close for a couple of weeks over the Christmas Period - so you may need to stock up on your animal feed and supplies.  Our last shop day is Sunday 18th December and we we open on Friday 6th January.

​We have decided we need to increase our animal boarding rates for 2017, the first increase in 10 years! so if you are going away in the festive period please book soon, as we are honoring the old rates for all bookings placed before the 10th December.

This month Graham has provided a report on Rabbits and Ian has provided his next article on his gardening activities through the year...

This Month's Feature... The Wild Rabbit
Graham Burgess provides a local pest control service, including Bees, Wasps, Mice, Rabbits, Mink, Moles, Rats, Earwigs and Birds. This month he has written a feature on the Rabbit:

There are two thoughts about the humble Rabbit - It is either a lovable furry creature created by Beatrix Potter or a pain in the neck to farmers!

The Rabbit has been known to man since 2000 BC in the Mediterrainean area but was introduced to this country by the Normans in the 11th/12th century when it was kept for meat and fur.

A Rabbit can live up to 5 years but they average only 1 to 2 years.  A Rabbit will eat approximately 342lbs of fodder a year (roughly 1lb a day).  They prefer to eat Wheat to Oats, Barley or Rye Cereals and also eat root crops, fruit bushes and even ring bark trees in snowy weather.

The adult Rabbit will rear 4 to 8 litters per year with 3 to 6 kittens in the litter, the young are born naked, deaf and blind, they are weaned by 4 weeks old and can breed by 4 months old.  The population pre Myxomatosis was approximately 60 million.  20 Rabbits to the acre in 18months reduces sheep carrying rate by 27%.

Under the Pests Act 1954 it is the occupiers responsibility to control Rabbits on their land or prevent them from causing damage to other peoples property.

For pest control services contact Graham on 07876 108434 or 01424 251222

Our Local Weather Forecast...
Tim Macpherson is a digital publisher and angling film maker as well as being an obsessed boat angler for over 25 years! So he keeps a close watch on the Sussex weather for both his fishing, work and of course his bees and hens in his garden.


Unfortunately Tim has been extremely busy recently arranging very important sea angling events and has not had enough time to prepare a full December forecast in time for our newsletter deadline. Hopefully he will be back for our next edition to tell us all about the festive season and January weather. He sends his best wishes.

visit: - for local weather forecasts for sea and freshwater anglers
and: - Tims latest publication

Ian's Gardening Tales From the Weald:
Ian is a Gardens Manager living in Crowhurst, working as part of a three man team in three large country gardens in the Sussex and Kent Weald.

Ian_Gardening_Dec16When we were busy sowing meadows last month we were surrounded by glorious autumn colour.  

Now the first storms of winter have descended upon us and this wonderful display has been blown asunder, we can enjoy the coloured barks revealed of various trees and shrubs around the garden.  A top ten selection:

1. Cornus sanguinea 'Midwinter Fire', 2. Purnus serrula, 3. Acer griseum, 4. Betula utilis var.jacquemontil 'Grayswood Ghost', 5. Rubus thibetanus, 6.Salix alba var.vitellina 'Britzensis', 7. Eucalyptus gunnii, 8. Acer capillipes, 9. Cornus cericea 'Flaviramea', 10. Cornus alba 'Sibirica'.

Midwinter doesn't have to be dull!  Ian Donovan:  Hips and Haws Gardening, Crowhurst


NEW:  Gift Vouchers make an ideal Christmas Present...
Available to spend in our shop or on our website,


we have vouchers for £5, £20 and for each of our training courses:



Why not view our diary of training and events for 2017?



  Save over 20% on our winter care pack...  


We have created a care pack to help to keep your chickens healthy this winter, including:

An animal carrier, dust bath mix, vermX pellets, anti-peck spray and diatom. All for just £30.00



  Are you going away over the festive season?    


Our animal boarding pens are usuually fully booked with last minute festive breaks, to guarantee a pen and to take advantage of our special offer, hurry to place your booking before the 10th December


  Anti-Peck Spray:  End of line sale ...  


We have just a few bottles of Barrier Anti-Peck Spray - Save 50%: Now just £4.00 each



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