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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Orchard Wassailing

Join us for some traditional singing, cider and storytelling, in the heritage orchard of historic Cotesbach Hall, as the finale to our Apple Day celebrations. Dress up warm for a night of folklore stories, songs and mulled cider. Bring along a drum or tambourine, pots pans and spoons, or anything that makes a noise as we attempt to scare off those pesky evil spirits. Master of ceremonies for the night is local…

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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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Weave your own Garden Obelisks and Plant Climbers with Maggie Cooper

Make your own garden structures for climbing plants using natural materials. Expert weaver Maggie Cooper will show you step by step how to use traditional weaving techniques to make garden obelisks, sculpture or plant-climbers using a variety of natural materials. Course fee includes all materials and a delicious lunch from The Yard Cafe (a hand-made sausage roll with salads and a piece of cake. Veggie alternative available on request). Maggie Cooper has…

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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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Children’s Christmas Trail

A Christmas themed walk for children, through the magical gardens of historic Cotesbach Hall. Follow the trail around the beautiful gardens and grounds of Cotesbach Hall, discover ancient trees and secret pathways on your Christmas quest! Ticket price includes a gift at the end of the trail. Please wear appropriate footwear, ground can be uneven and muddy in places. Suitable for off-road buggies only if children cannot walk or be carried. Sorry…

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Some Antics – Comedy Night

Some-Antics presents an exciting line up of stand up and improv comedy from across the East Midlands, as well as music from DJ Ninja Bob! This is an outdoor open-air performance so please bring your own blankets and camping-chairs. Let's hope the weather will be kind but please come prepared – the performance will continue come rain come shine! Doors open at 7.00pm for 7.30pm start, ends approx. 9.30pm Licenced bar open…

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