We had an exciting (if chilly) afternoon in the garden today with 'men climbing trees' (tree surgeons) removing dead branches from the Swedish whitebeams. They left us the removed wood - lots of it - as a swap for hot coffee and biscuits. We can use the wood for peasticks, woodpiles, burning for fuel and also, possibly, making hugelkultur beds.
We also made two bird boxes, mowed some clearings and paths in the areas that can become long-grass cornfield meadow this year, started a second bee border and finished four more narrow beds. Now we just have one more narrow bed to do; it is quite social preparing them with a hand fork kneeling down.
Meanwhile the (sensible) people who don't like getting cold, huddled in the club hut and came up with ideas for plants for raised beds, which we could use in the garden or in other community spaces.