What has happened so far
In spite of the Covid19 pandemic we have already started to work on planting the field dividing hedge. More than 800 trees have been planted aided by some generous donations and a grant from the Woodland Trust for which we are extremely grateful.
Plans have been drawn up for the Silvopasture project and we hope to start planting towards the end of this year, 2021. Further plans are also afoot to create a larger vegetable garden from which to feed retreatants and visitors home grown produce.
The reclamation of the ancient woodland is ongoing and will continue to be so over this decade. Since we came into ownership of Drala Jong there have been signs of red Deer and Badgers returning. This spring there has been a delightful profusion of snowdrops and bluebells are springing up in spaces vacated by conifer and bramble.
In April 2021 the restrictions due to the pandemic were slightly lifted and our lineage holders Ngak’chang Rinpoche and Khandro Déchen could visit Drala Jong. They helped with the planting, offering this wonderful encouragement for the project: ‘We see this initial tree planting as a major piece of work accomplished on the land – the external shrine room. So vital to the heart of the place.’