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David Plagerson

The Year of the Green Wooden Sheep begins on the 19th February -David Plagerson hand carves heritage toys from lime wood sourced in Dartmoor. Robust enough for play, beautiful as works of art and a treasure for generations to enjoy.  You can collect his animals from sheep to elephants to build up your menagerie. Each new addition is a unique and special piece.

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Rye Hill farm

If you want to get a breath of fresh country air and chance to gaze at the stars, why not book into Rye Hill Farm in deepest Northumberland? It’s a 300 year old working farm but  is also a Guest house with B&B and camping for later on in the year.With Spring fast approaching so is lambing time. The sheep lamb from 7th March until about Easter. For similar country getaways have a look at

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Rye Hill Farm

Nestled in the beautiful Welsh mountains, the Rocking Sheep Company create divine, cuddly and ethical rocking sheep and stools. The perfect gift for a baby or toddler as the fleece is removable and washable!


The Rocking Sheep Company

I am keen to get back out in the garden as those buds begin to appear. There’s plenty to cheer about. Twool make the most marvellous twine for tying up those wayward stems. They are a Devon based company that produce from the ancient rare breed Whiteface Dartmoor sheep. Twool is sustainable, compostable, that is soft but also strong. It comes in the most wonderful colours.



The Bowmont project features another native rare breed. A collaboration with the cold water surf company Finisterre has produced a UK supply chain for cruelty free British Merino wool – what a success story. The flock now yields about 700kg a year that is spun in Yorkshire and dyed and knitted in Scotland.  So we can get cosy in their Fair Isle knitwear.



The Campaign for Wool has a patron in HRH Prince Charles. They actually have a Green Sheep to promote themselves. The Bowmont sheep took a trip to Savile Row to represent their fine breed. The Campaign for Wool highlights the versatility of this unique, natural, renewable fibre.

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Bowmont Sheep

According to Feng Shui the home is very important to Sheep and it will be a great year to decorate your surroundings and keep things shipshape.

On this cold and frosty morning my thoughts turn to insulation for the house. I found Thermafleece provides natural thermal and acoustic insulation using wool, hemp and recycled  materials. So many options and again produced in Northumberland!

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Themafleece will also be at Ecobuild at Excel on the 3rd – 5th March – Another date for  the Blue Patch calendar with sustainable design, construction and energy. So we’ll have plenty of fresh ideas for the rest of the year of the Green Wooden Sheep.

Julia Langley

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Posted on January 26, 2015 by Blue Patch Team
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