With stringing underway in the hop garden, it will soon be time to set our sights on the next big challenge of “twiddling”.
Matthew and his team of volunteers, the Hogs Back Hoppers, will be “encouraging” the hops to grow in the right direction by training the best eight shoots up the strings.
If you would like to work in the fresh-air amongst the hops in exchange for some beer, then we would love to hear from you!
Sessions start on Tuesday 2nd May and will run on weekdays (excluding Bank Holidays) from 9am to 1pm. It can be quite hard work, so we suggest a maximum of 4 hours. But those keen beans can carry on and afternoon sessions (1pm – 5pm) may be offered.
If weekends float your boat, and there is enough demand, Matthew will look at re-introducing Super Saturdays (with the added bonus of a pizza lunch after a morning in the garden).
Please dress accordingly for the weather. We recommend long sleeves to cover the forearms as the hops can be abrasive. There are plenty of gloves, secateurs and kneeling cushions but please feel free to bring your own.
Sturdy shoes, boots or wellingtons are recommended as the terrain is uneven and for bio-security you will be asked to walk through a disinfectant-soaked boot bath before entering the garden.
With plenty of enthusiastic Hoppers and some fair weather, twiddling should be finished by the Spring Bank Holiday!
If you are interested in becoming a Hogs Back Hopper, get in touch!