We were as shocked as everyone else at the scale of the damage and naturally wanted to pitch in. After drawing up some initial plans for a replacement kitchen, Space’s Dave Griffin was on site within days with new cooking ranges, dishwashers and work surfaces, after calling in a few favours from friends of our own. Over the space of just 24 hours, a new field kitchen sprang up literally in the middle of a field. Dave and his team spent a day installing the equipment before returning to make some last minute checks for the chefs and manager. Everything went to plan, and thanks to a phenomenal effort from everyone involved – and an amazing spirit of camaraderie – over 130 River Cottage guests enjoyed a delicious three course dinner last weekend. Just goes to show what you can achieve when everyone pulls together. We wish the team all the best!