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Land Army Volunteers

We have several volunteers who help out at the Digglers' home. They do a variety of tasks from helping with the maintenance of the field and garden, to keeping the animals company.

Some of the volunteers who are currently helping the Digglers are Catherine, Ellen, Norma and Sylvia. We also have Saskia Janicki, completing The Duke of Edinburgh silver award in animal husbandry and conservation (a six month commitment).

Below are some of the experiences which our volunteers have encountered.

09/01/11

Ellen's Experience

Today was too cold to do much but we emptied the rubbish. We talked about what we did over christmas and what developments had happened. For instance we found out that jolly roger's "road accident" was actually a birth defect. One eye is a lot smaller than the other causing him to squint. Also Mavis who lives with Kath has been getting lonely so two of the cats have been moved just for Mavis.


24/10/10

Ellen's Experience

Recently, we have had a problem with a flooded stream. Today we cleared out the stream, or rather, the others did whilst I cleared the yard. I noticed that the flow of water was slowing down. We had solved the problem by guessing! We were then updated on our preperations for our next performances.


03/05/10

Catherine's Experience

Spring has arrived and some of the trees and shrubs that we had thought were dead have produced buds. Not the only promising thing - news about the new woodland to be planted in autumn is really exciting - even if it means planting 800 trees - I'm sure we'll manage somehow. Also the possibility of creating an educational experience for children would be great. Working in a school you see just how much some children miss out on contact with animals and nature. So lots of exciting things happening here - so happy we decided to get involved.

Ellen's Experience

Today we painted the gates a lovely bright pea green and all the posts a glossy black. It was beautiful by the time we left. I also tried some games and treats with the cats. Here are some idea's for you to try at home.
Thomas Cat Treats: Incredibly tasty for all the cats. Most cats prefer chicken.
50 Games to play with your cat: Fun easy ideas for you and your cat. By Jackie Strachan.


07/02/10

Catherine's Experience

A damp, misty day so hard work clearing out the yard. My internet search on straw buildings came up with lots of houses but nothing really for animals so will try ringing a few people who might know something about it. Animals all looking well and hopefully the worst of the weather is over.

Ellen's Experience

Today was a cold damp day. Started a fire to burn some rubbish up. Exercised Tizer using the lazer and gave Holly her worming tablet using Kath's trick. She might start to trust me again next weekend!


31/01/10

Ellen's Experience

Today we cleaned out the sheep. I discovered a massive rip down the side of my old trousers - time for some new ones I think. I was so embarrassed. Tizer is looking a little more active but given the choice between playing with the lazer and food, she chooses food every time.

Catherine's Experience

Foggy today and quite a frost still - we had to put buckets of water for the sheep inside to stop them from freezing over. It was lovely to get a fire going to burn the rubbish. We talked about building a henhouse out of straw bales which might give extra protection to hens in a bad winter. Kath like the idea so I'll find out more.


24/01/10

Ellen's Experience

I brough a new toy to the Digglers today. Our cat Jess's favourite toy is a laser pointer so I brought it along to see if the cats here would like it. Well, Tizer, aka Fatty Bum Bum really liked it. I put her on the floor and she chased after it like a kitten so Kath has put me in charge of her New Year's exercise programme to lose a bit of weight and get fit.

Catherine's Experience

Whilst Ellen was in the warm playing with the cats and the sheep were also snuggled inside, Kath and I were working hard in the rain to clear up the yard which we couldn't do until the bad weather was finally over. Looking much better now. Kath was talking about some new food which she's trying out on the cats and we might see if our Jess will switch but she's really particular so I don't know.


17/01/10

Ellen's Experience

Kath and mum were clearing reeds from a stream that had become blocked and was overflowing down the field. I was in the penthouse stopping the sheep from escaping but when I looked over mum had fallen over and was sitting in the middle of the muddy field. She was covered in mud. The stream looks fine though.

Catherine's Experience

Ha! Ha! Well I'm glad my falling over was so amusing. The stream was quite clogged with reeds and we had to chop them out and pull out clumps to stop the stream being diverted. The field was quite muddy and slippy and maybe I was a bit too enthusiastic pulling out the reeds. We'd planned on going shopping afterwards but I thought we'd better give it a miss until I'd got changed.


13/12/09

Catherine's Experience

Jessica came with us to Diggle today. This was Jessica's first visit and Kath took time to explain about all the animals. When we arrived the sheep looked expectantly at us as we waited for Kath to finish feeding the cats. I think they are getting used to us and were hoping we might feed them. Later on we spent some time playing with the cats who are mostly very affectionate except for Sammy P who likes her own space. Kath had to separate me and Tizer whose claws are getting just a bit too long. In the holidays we are planning to go to the feed merchants and learn a bit more about feeding the animals - what kinds of feed are available and what we should choose and why.

Ellen's Experience

I brought my friend Jessica to Diggle today and we worked really hard. We fed the birds and cleaned out the penthouse and Jessica got to meet the cats. Had all their daily cuddles and food. Yum, Yum. Slight panic when Tizer got her nails stuck in mum's jacket - she doesn't go out so needs her nails clipping every so often. Jessica liked the sheep best.


06/12/09

Catherine's Experience

Dry, clear morning but getting cold now. Swept out the yard and re-filled the bird seed holders and table. A beautiful new cat has arrived at the Digglers called Holly, a rich mix of browns and ginger, young and a little nervous but settling in well and putting on weight. The sheep are getting used to us now and approach us in the hope of food being in the carrier bags, rather than just work gloves. The sun is shining as we leave so the cats are let out to play for a while.

Ellen's Experience

Getting very cold now so I layered up to come and see the new cat, Holly. She is an absolutely gorgeous cat. Decorated Holly's new home with some cat pictures and cleared the yard. The sheep found this very interesting!


08/11/09

Catherine's Experience

A cold, bright November morning - all the animals are eager to be fed. The sheep in the field are pushing each other out of the way to get the feed at the gate. We clean the yard and fetch salt and grit in readiness for any icy weather. And then ...

Ellen's Experience

What a performance! Dolly-Bloomberry slips jumping off a low wall and hobbles painfully around the yard so we go all the way to Huddersfield and back to pick up some anti-inflammatory injections for her. We get back and find she's only jumped over the wall again so she's obviously not too bad but as soon as she sees us she starts hobbling around again so of course we give her an extra piece of bread. No two days are ever the same here!


04/10/09

Ellen's Experience

The Digglers is a small holding suited to every animal's needs. I help out and I think it's fantastic. The cats are really well cared for and have brilliant toys and the lovely memorial garden to play in. The sheep have a whole field with a little stream of water running through it. They are extremely well cared for which makes up for their past experiences.

Cath's Experience

What a beautiful place the animals here are so lucky. Did a spot of tree and hedge trimming whilst enjoying the view and helped to clean out the sheep's winter quarters. We were entertained for a while by some neighbouring sheep who were making a break for freedom down the main road. The Diggler sheep tried to follow suit but didn't quite make it.