Budding and Pruning

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Interested to learn about fruit tree budding?
Have fruit trees that need pruning? DIdn't know you could prune in the Summer?

Come to a Grafting & Pruning Workshop by Chris Evans. You will learn about budding and Summer pruning, and take home a tree you’ve budded yourself.

Dates: 
2 July 2022
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Arrive 9am for a 9.30 start, workshop ends at 16.30
Cost: 
£45.00
Contact address: 
Applewood Permaculture Centre
Contact name: 
Emma
Telephone number: 
07786 262864‬

Willow Weaving – Exploration into Square Work

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A two day willow exploration into square work to weave a functional basket of your choice, whether it be for your tools, logs, square shopper or general storage.

On this course you will learn how to weave a square willow basket using the ‘WI’ method of construction. We will start by using a clamp to weave square bases. In the basket sides we will use waling, randing or slewing and finish with a rod border and a choice of handles.
You will have the option to choose between adding willow roped handles or finger holes onto the side.

You will be learning traditional ‘stake and strand’ basket making, using prepared basketry willow plus some grown at Denmark Farm Conservation Centre on the wetland system to add colour and texture. Choose from a variety of naturally coloured willow to make your own unique and beautiful basket.

This willow square basket workshop is suitable for people who have previously done some willow basket weaving and practical beginners are also welcome.
All tools and materials provided. If you have your own sharp secateurs and a knife, please bring them along. Please wear warm old clothing.

Dates: 
14 October 2022 to 15 October 2022
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Course commences at 10am and finishes at 4.30pm each day
Teachers
Jane Welsh
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Cost: 
£110 per person plus £20 for materials, cash on the day
Contact address: 
Betws Bledrws
Contact name: 
Mara Morris
Telephone number: 
01570 493358
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Willow Weaving – Round Shopper

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On this two day course you will make a round willow shopping basket with a traditional round base, waled and randed sides, rod border and a bow handle.

This course is ideal for beginners or those wanting to develop their weaving techniques. Over the two days there will be time to go over the processes of making a round basket in detail and, depending on speed, there may be the opportunity to make another smaller basket to reinforce your new skills.

You will be learning traditional ‘stake and strand’ basket making, using prepared basketry willow plus some grown at Denmark Farm Conservation Centre on the wetland system to add colour and texture. You can choose from a variety of naturally coloured willow to make your own unique and beautiful basket.

All tools and materials provided. If you have your own sharp secateurs and a knife, please bring them along. Please wear warm old clothing.

Dates: 
11 October 2022 to 12 October 2022
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Course commences at 10am and finishes at 4.30pm each day
Teachers
Jane Welsh
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Cost: 
£110 per person plus £20 for materials cash on the day
Contact address: 
Betws Bledrws
Contact name: 
Mara Morris
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01570 493358
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Willow Weaving – Small Irish Potato Scib

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On this one day course we will be making a small version of this Irish domestic potato serving basket (scib), with a portcullis centre.

You can choose from a variety of naturally coloured willow to make your own unique and beautiful basket.

You will be learning traditional ‘stake and strand’ basket making, using prepared basketry willow plus some grown at Denmark Farm Conservation Centre on the wetland system to add colour and texture.

The irish potato scib workshop is suitable for complete beginners and those who have previously done some willow basket weaving.

All tools and materials provided. If you have your own sharp secateurs and a knife, please bring them along. Please wear warm old clothing.

Dates: 
10 October 2022
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Course commences at 10am and finishes at 4.30pm
Teachers
Jane Welsh
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Cost: 
£55 per person plus £10 for materials, to be paid in cash
Contact address: 
Betws Bledrws
Contact name: 
Mara Morris
Telephone number: 
01570 493358
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Introduction to Invertebrates

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Invertebrates are a diverse group of animals with around 40,000 UK species. They comprise some of our most well-known animals including bees, wasps, butterflies, moths, earthworms, slugs and snails. This course would suit any beginner looking to improve their knowledge of invertebrates including their ecology, identification, and conservation.

This course will provide you with an introduction to the most commonly encountered invertebrate groups in terrestrial and aquatic environments in the UK. Microscopes (which will be provided) will be used to examine some of these invertebrates up-close, allowing you to see key morphological features that help you to identify them and/or explain their ecology. Trips around the varied habitats of Denmark Farm will provide an opportunity see some of these invertebrates in the wild and develop collecting and field identification skills. This course will also discuss invertebrate conservation and the important role of biological recording.

Please see our website for items to bring with you.

Dates: 
16 July 2022 to 17 July 2022
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Course commences at 10am and finishes at 4.30pm each day
Teachers
Liam Olds
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Cost: 
Fees: £110 per person
Contact address: 
Betws Bledrws
Contact name: 
Mara Morris
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01570 493358
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Identifying Bees Date/Time

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This course will provide an introduction to the identification and ecology of wild bees in the UK, including their lifecycle, nesting and foraging requirements, and associated predators and parasites.

Microscopes and dichotomous keys (which will be provided) will be used to identify bee specimens in the lab, providing a unique opportunity to examine bees up-close to get familiar with key identification features. The varied habitats of Denmark Farm will allow you to see living bees and develop collecting and field identification skills. This course will also discuss bee conservation and the important role of biological recording. The course is suitable for professionals working in the conservation & environmental sector and also keen amateurs. See our website for items to bring on the day.

Dates: 
25 June 2022 to 26 June 2022
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Course commences at 10am and finishes at 4.30pm each day
Teachers
Liam Olds
Apprentice Teachers
Cost: 
Fees: £110 per person
Contact address: 
Betws Bledrws
Contact name: 
Mara Morris
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01570 493358
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Wildflowers Identification & Folklore

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This is a Abersytwyth University Lifelong Learning course.

In this course we will approach the identification of wildflowers by focusing on some key wildflower families, which have a selection of both edible and poisonous species. As well as covering the botanical features important for identification, we will learn how to group the features together to give combinations of characteristics which lead to accurate identification. Throughout the course we will weave in the folklore and traditional use of the plants we find and cover key concepts important to foraging including sustainable harvesting and use.

This is a blended learning module so will involve both online and in-person teaching. The online section of the module, which starts 25/04/22 and ends12/06/22, is delivered via Blackboard, the University online learning environment. The in-person teaching will occur over one weekend (Sat 14th-Sun 15th May) and take place at Denmark Farm Conservation Centre. On the Saturday, students will need to attend from 10-5pm and, on the Sunday, from 9-1pm.

Dates: 
25 April 2022
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The online section of the module starts 25/04/22 and ends12/06/22. The in-person teaching Sat 14th10-5pm Sun 15th May 9-1pm
Teachers
Alison Murfitt
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Cost: 
Fees: £120 per person
Contact address: 
Penglais, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 3FL
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Reception
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01970 622900
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Construct a Pole Lathe

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This two day pole lathe making workshop takes you through the basic construction of two pole lathe designs, and some turning techniques to get you started.

The pole lathe is the fundamental piece of equipment for any budding greenwood worker or turner looking for a more ecological sustainable hobby.

Basic hand woodworking tools will be used for the course, including panel saw, brace and bit, bench plane, draw knife and shave horse work, some basic practical skills would be an advantage, but not essential for the course.

We will be working outside under cover, so suitable clothes and foot wear should be worn.
By the end of the weekend you’ll be taking home a finished pole lathe which will pack up into a standard sized car boot.

Dates: 
18 June 2022 to 19 June 2022
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Course commences at 10am and finishes at 4pm each day
Teachers
Tony Eames
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Fee: £110 per person (plus £90 for materials by cash/BACS)
Contact address: 
Betws Bledrws
Contact name: 
Mara Morris
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01570 493358
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Outside Inside – Being Part of Nature Date/Time

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Our weekend course aims to bring people together who are curious about engaging in nature. This is about learning through being, having time and space to slow down, appreciating the little things, forming connections with the human and more than human world. We will invite participants to take part in facilitated experiences, practices, conversations, games, song, storytelling, and spending time alone in nature.

The aim of this course is to provide opportunities to connect with nature and to reflect on the benefits of strengthening that connection through a series of facilitated activities and discussions. It is not an ecology course, but there will be plenty of opportunity to explore the 40 acre nature reserve. We would ask you to think about why connecting with nature is important for you and to be prepared to share any thoughts on this that you are comfortable about sharing. We expect to learn a lot from each other and from the place itself. Most of all we look forward to a fulfilling and enjoyable weekend in each others company.

Vegetarian/Vegan breakfast, lunch and dinner are included, along with refreshments. Due to the nature of the course, participants will be invited to stay at the Centre overnight, and there are a range of accommodation options available including camping, shared dormitories, or rooms with en-suite facilities in our EcoLodge.

Dates: 
20 May 2022 to 22 May 2022
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Our course begins on Friday 20th May at 5pm and will finish on Sunday 22nd May at 3pm.
Teachers
Glenn Strachan/Elizabeth Neagle
Cost: 
£200-£290 depending on accommodate - see website for details
Contact address: 
Betws Bledrws
Contact name: 
Mara Morris
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01570 493358

Permaculture for allotments and gardens

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Permaculture for Allotments and Gardens - we will be looking at practical techniques using the established community garden at Ecoworks to learn about soil, zoning, propagation, green building and composting, including humanure.

Dates: 
2 April 2022
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Saturday April 2nd 10am-4pm
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Cost: 
£50 full price £35 concessions
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Contact address: 
www.seedoftheforest.co.uk
Contact name: 
Samantha Woods
Telephone number: 
07890587611
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