Our wooden shelter is at the centre of the Forty Hall Vineyard community. It’s here that volunteers gather at the start of each session, and for a well-earned tea break. We gather here to talk about the challenges we face in the vineyard and also to celebrate our successes.  It also provides shelter from the rain and shade from the sun.

The shelter is a great place to sit for a moment and appreciate the well-tended rows of vines in front of you. Depending on the time of year, you might see bare brown canes or neatly pruned trunks, or the vines bursting back into life in the spring, when you can almost watch them growing. In the summer, you’ll see the flowers and tiny bunches of grapes that will swell and ripen before being harvested to go into our next vintage.

During the pandemic, in 2020, our usual volunteer sessions were suspended and just a handful of key worker ‘Guardians of the Vineyard’ tended the vineyard. One of our volunteers who was unable to come to the vineyard wrote the following poem:


Up before the gleaming dawn

Cup o' tea and biscuit


Chug Chug Chug

Meet the crew

March down the fields secateurs in hand

Now it begins


Under an early spring sky I touch the vines

They stir beneath my gentleness

We whisper together a hundred secrets

Talk of lost harvests and bud beginnings

Secateurs used skilfully

With pride the vines shiver off their winter coats

Together we create the shape of things to come


Teatime talk of goings and comings

More biscuits

Mud on the track

Homeward on the chug chug

Bliss in my heart

Nature in my Spirit


Christine Pennington ,FHV Volunteer

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