The creation of Pookchurch Vineyard has been, and continues to be, the work of many.
The vineyard design and planting process was undertaken by Darcy, James, Chris and Joel at Vine Works Ltd, who also erected our trellising system. The Vine-Works team was here all last season to help with ongoing viticultural jobs, and we look forward to welcoming them back again this coming season.
Land preparation and site management has been overseen by Matthew and Mandy at Complete Land Management (CLM), who continue to provide invaluable support to the project.
Our vineyard consultant Peter Hayes has been there throughout to provide indispensable advice, and Stephen Skelton has also been on hand to provide a useful sanity check.
Over 4 kilometres of deer fencing and gates took some time and effort to complete, and much of it was put up by Tim Bennett Fencing. Tim has also done lots of hedge planting around the site, providing some much needed windbreaks!
Fertiliser spreading last season was a considerable job done by Steve Pack, who will be back in the Spring to help us get some compost down after two years of bare soil. Our agronomist Julian Searle continues to advise on how best to maximise the quality of our site.
The drainage system for the lower fields amounted to 16 kilometres of trenching and pipes, and was installed by Graham from G&S Browns and designed by John Vince at Drainage and Groundwork. We continue to find work for Graham and John, as we discover how different parts of the vineyard perform.
Ongoing tree trimming and thinning is done very adeptly by tree surgeon Kevin Rodgers and his team. Our general purpose building, as well as bridleway and access surfacing, was done by R&B Construction.
Many thanks to everyone involved for their help in bringing Pookchurch to life!