Apple Tree Pruning with Jody Cornfield

Formative and winter fruit-tree pruning course, with a focus on Apple trees. Suitable for beginners onwards. The class will take place in the heritage orchard of Cotesbach Organic Gardens, which has many local and old varieties of apple trees. On this course you will learn the theory behind why we prune; health benefits to the trees and fruit; practical arboricultural techniques; pruning cuts and tree care. Attendees should feel able to tackle…

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Seed Saving with John Noble

Seed saving is a great way to cultivate and increase varieties in your garden in the cheapest way possible and it is also the best way to protect endangered varieties and heritage plants. Join John for an introduction to the fascinating and rewarding topic of seed saving. Learn why, when and how we save seed and get some hands on experience. By the end of the course participants will be able to…

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Composting for beginners with John Noble

Everything you always wanted to know about composting but were afraid to ask! Learn how to turn your kitchen waste into black gold! Home composting is the most environmentally-friendly way of dealing with kitchen and garden waste, plus it produces compost that can be used as an excellent soil improver. Join john as he talks you through the do’s and don’ts of gardening’s most important of skills… composting! Learn the different methods…

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Nature Sketching and Poetry Session

Under the guidance of poet, writer, cyclist and environmentalist Caroline Burrows, you will take a walk around the beautiful gardens of Cotesbach Hall and choose a leaf to sketch before using this as a starting point for a poem. Don't worry, you don't need to be any good at drawing, or writing poems to participate! This is an exercise in observation and reflecting on any feelings or ideas that come up during…

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Traditional Austrian Scything with Nicole Clough

This one day course is designed to introduce the attendee to using and looking after an Austrian scythe. The course is suitable for a range of experience levels, from complete beginners to those who have been using a scythe but feel that it could be working better for them. The course covers: • Setting up and understanding the Austrian scythe. • Effective mowing techniques which are kind to both the user and…

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Dawn Chorus Walk with Gavin Bennett

Join us for an early morning walk, and immerse yourself in the joyful sounds of bird song, as the dawn chorus reaches its peak. From March to July the dawn chorus can be heard as birds defend their territories and sing to attract a mate. Ornithology expert Gavin Bennett will teach you to identify different bird song in this annual ritual of the natural world. The walk takes place in the grounds…

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Basket Weaving with Maggie Cooper

Make your own beautiful hedgerow basket from natural materials in a variety of colours. Learn how to weave a traditional basket, making use of the decorative colours of different willow varieties. A place on this day course would be a great gift to give someone who loves crafting, or you could make a basket to give as a gift, filled with food or flowers? (*photographs show baskets made on the course by…

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Natural Bee Keeping with John Noble

This class is for you if you love bees! Natural beekeeping puts the welfare of the bees first, and our desire for honey second! An introduction to the fascinating world of natural beekeeping. Learn about the honey bees natural cycles and how following a more bee-centred approach to apiculture may benefit both the bees and us humans. Tickets from Eventbrite (booking fee applies) click here

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