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 Robyn keeps about 26 rare breed sheep as pets, including North Ronaldsay and Gotlands. She calls them her ‘glorified lawnmowers.’
   Stour Valley Apiaries
Julie and Kevin Thorn keep their bees in apiaries in and around Lavenham, producing pure and healthy local honey. They are passionate about bees and are serious about the management of their
Julie Thorn of Stour Valley Apiaries with, below, examples of her honey gifts
hives to encourage welfare for the insects and safety for the beekeepers who enjoy a symbiotic relationship with the bees. The Thorns love producing the honey and the by-products of keeping bees, such as beeswax cosmetics which they
sell through their sister company, Busy Bees Cosmetics. Here they sell beautifully wrapped soap, lip balm and eco-friendly beeswax wraps. If you are interested in purchasing their honey and beeswax gifts look at www.stourvalleyapiaries.com and www.busybeescosmetics.co.uk
Fruity’s Fleeces
Robyn Hayward runs her small business from a converted shed at home in Little Thurlow. A butcher by trade, in her spare time and in the evenings, she makes bespoke felted fleeces for dog beds and rugs. Robyn keeps about 26 rare breed sheep as pets, including North Ronaldsay and Gotlands. She calls them her ‘glorified lawnmowers.’ But pets or not, all sheep need to be shorn each year for health and hygiene reasons. Unlike many other mammals, sheep cannot shed their coat, so this is a welfare issue. These days, the Wool Board pays little more
than 30p per kilo for a fleece and some farmers have resorted to burning the fleeces which seems a criminal waste. This waste bothered Robyn who decided to do something about it. Along with the fleeces from her own sheep, she buys raw fleeces and she backs the finished fleeces with felt – an ethical alternative to sheepskin – which uses no toxic chemicals. Each item she makes is quirky, multifunctional and unique.
As well as beds for dogs, Robyn has made beds for rabbits and a bearded dragon! She will take commissions and the products may be purchased via social media.
Contact Fruity’s Fleeces on Facebook or email Robyn at fruityfleeces@outlook.com
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