Help Chris Tend His Apple Trees

I am trying to help help my friend Chris ( aka Ulvfugl ). He is struggling to stay in his home in Wales and look after the small farm  where he has lived for the last 30 years. Chris writes a blog and looks after his apple trees up in the hills.

Just over a year ago Chris had a stroke that left him with numerous mental and physical debilities perhaps the most limiting of which is only partial use of his right leg. He has recovered well but the limited use of his right leg has greatly decreased his mobility. He loves being outside tending to his paddocks, trees and plants but as the land is quite steep and Chris finds it very difficult to walk up the hill, plus the effort uses all his strength. This leaves him little energy to do the work he set out to accomplish.

Chris lives 2 miles from his nearest village and whilst he loves the seclusion - it does mean that having no transport severely limits his ability to tend to his property. Much can be ordered online and he can order a cab to take him to hospital appointments but that does not give him quality of life.

Chris searched around for a vehicle that will best suit his needs, whether it is tending his paddock or occasionally visiting his neighbors. We have come up with the:  an amazing electric wheelchair that can cope with rough ground on the steep hillside. Plus it could easily cope with the pot-holed dirt track so he can visit neighbors.

This will cost about 17,000 pounds sterling  - this can be adjusted when you hear from Chris which model and accessories.

We would greatly appreciate help funding this vehicle for Chris. It will be a complete life changer for him and solve the current situation where he is very restricted in his ability to get about outside. Chris is in his 70th year but full of life and so very much wants to be able to get out and about. Any donation will be very much appreciated.

To get a better idea of how much this would mean to Chris here is his latest blog post:

"Hello folks. I’m still plodding along here. There’s Winter Solstice and Christmas coming up on the horizon, and then the days will begin to get longer again.

I don’t know whether I’ll survive through another year. I just keep going, one day at a time.

When I awake after a sleep I get a massive surge of vivid memories of all kinds, from all periods of my life back to early childhood. I think this is because my brain is still mending and renewing connections after the stroke, about sixteen months ago.

Many of the physical problems that followed that event have improved a lot, but my right leg remains only half useful. But I am optimistic that my body knows what it’s doing and is fixing stuff according to priorities, so my leg may yet improve.

I’m having a wonderful hermit life here, enjoying the mad rush of information from the internet each day, and hobbling up the mountain to work on hedges and fruit trees for a couple of hours, to get exercise.

I was told by a medical person, who seemed to have authority on the matter based on her experience, that I must force the leg (and the rest of me that it’s attached to) to exercise to regain blood circulation. Otherwise it’ll just think that everything’s fine and not bother to renew itself.

So this is what I do. Eat, sleep, do this blog, and push my physical body up the hill, with my secateurs, small folding pruning saw, and walking stick. Then I cut whatever I think needs cutting. It’s all very overgrown with brambles and stuff. And gradually I rediscover the fruit trees that I planted years ago.

Back then I had a plan, to prove that it’s possible to grow apples and damsons and so forth, at this height and exposure, following permaculture principles, even though –  or because, haha – everyone said it’s impossible.

And I’ve proved myself right, which pleases me immensely, because there were loads of apples this year, even though the trees are still small and young and have been neglected. That success is because the mountainside faces due south, so gets all available sunshine, despite the exposure to fierce winds and high rainfall. In the Spring, there’s about three weeks difference, that much later here, 800ft.+ above Newport, down at sea level.

I got inspired by that idea after learning about the amazing Bardsey Apple."


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Martin Davis 
Des Moines, IA
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