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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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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Sourdough Breadmaking with Paul Raddan

Sourdough breadmaking with master bread baker Paul Raddan of Rugby Real Bread. Sourdough is slow-fermented bread that does not require commercial yeast in order to rise as it uses 'wild' yeasts. We will make a wheat sourdough and a flavoursome dark rye and spelt bread. Learn all the techniques to produce your own sourdough loaves at home. Attendees will go home with a pot of mature sourdough starter, a loaf of wheat…

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Sourdough Breadmaking with Paul Raddan

Sourdough breadmaking with master bread baker Paul Raddan of Rugby Real Bread. Sourdough is slow-fermented bread that does not require commercial yeast in order to rise as it uses 'wild' yeasts. We will make a wheat sourdough and a flavoursome dark rye and spelt bread. Learn all the techniques to produce your own sourdough loaves at home. Attendees will go home with a pot of mature sourdough starter, a loaf of wheat…

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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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Spoon Carving with Tom Jennings

Carve your own spoon in a day from green wood, and learn about the tools and techniques that you can use to create a variety of shapes. This course offers an introduction to woodcarving with craftsman Tom Jennings. You will be guided step by step through the entire process of crafting your own beautiful eating spoon. It is a traditional skill that you can continue to use throughout your life as a…

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