Willow Dragonfly Workshop

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Learn how to fashion a beautiful insect sculpture out of willow. You will learn basic willow weaving techniques from a working willow artist, and be able to take home your creation. Materials are included, with extra available to buy on the day.

Dates: 
12 February 2011
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10am-4pm. Drinks and snacks are provided but please bring a packed lunch.
Teachers
Hazel Godfrey
Cost: 
£45 (0r £40 earlybird rate if booked by 31 Jan)
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Creating a Food Forest - a 2 day course on consecutive Sundays

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A 2 day course on designing a Forest Garden on Sundays 13 and 20 Feb - suitable for beginners.

Imagine a garden that looks as lovely as a young woodland and produces loads of food, but needs very little digging, weeding or pest control - imagine a ‘forest garden’. Forest gardening is a way of growing food where nature does most of the work for you. Modelled on a natural woodland, crops are grown in different layers from canopy to roots, ground cover to climbers. Through careful planning, plants are chosen which have beneficial effects on each other, creating a healthy system that maintains its own fertility. Once established, your main task will be harvesting!

Day One will cover:
Forest Garden history
What is a Forest Garden?
Identify your aims and objectives
‘Life on the edge’
Planning for succession
How to conduct a survey
Valuing diversity
9 ways of observing

Day 2 will cover:
Soil fertility
Soil creation
7 Layers
Right plant in the right place
‘Guilds’ (beneficial plant associations)
Planning for real exercise
Designing your own plot.

Dates: 
13 February 2011
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9.30am-5pm consecutive Sundays 13 and 20 Feb. Please bring a packed lunch.
Teachers
Rakesh Bhambri
Cost: 
£90 (£70 conc - household income under £15K)
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Field Survey Techiques

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Field surveys and data collection of vegetation, are essential for base-line studies and for appropriate site/habitat planning, management and monitoring. It is a valuable skill when seeking employment in the environmental sector. The course is designed to give a thorough theoretical and practical grounding in available techniques which are demonstrated via simulations mainly in practical workshops (with some fieldwork). This enables many situations to be considered and the results evaluated which is not easy in the field. It also maximizes time and removes the necessity to identify species (another valuable skill covered in the course `Identifying Flowering Plants’). The course covers: types of vegetation classification; how to measure abundance; standard survey methods (a brief introduction to Phase 1 survey, National Vegetation Classification (NVC); measuring diversity and calculating indices; producing species areas curves; measuring association and similarity; sampling strategies; vegetation surveys including planning a survey and collecting data. This module is at CQFW Level 5.

Dates: 
27 April 2013 to 29 April 2013
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10am-5pm
Teachers
Dr. Jan Martin
Cost: 
£80/£90

Understanding Sustainable Beekeeping

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Whether you’re a novice beekeeper or an old hand wanting to keep up with the latest knowledge, this course will help you understand the challenges and options for beekeepers wanting to manage their bees as sustainably as possible. Pam Gregory has studied bees and beekeeping throughout the world and will help you understand current issues so that you can make the best choices. Presentations and discussions will include looking at the needs of bees, practical considerations for beekeepers and wider environmental and social aspects.

Dates: 
7 May 2011
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10am-4pm
Teachers
Pam Gregory

A Taste of Honey

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If you’ve ever wondered if beekeeping is for you, look no further! Pam Gregory has worked with bees and beekeepers for over 35 years and will take you through all the considerations to help you decide whether to go on a full beekeeping course. You’ll learn about what’s involved in terms of time, skills, equipment and other resources, the likely costs and challenges and how to find a suitable course if you decide to go further. A fascinating day, which will include a site visit to see Pam’s own hives and bees.

Dates: 
6 May 2011
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10am-4pm
Teachers
Pam Gregory
Cost: 
£35/£40

Herbal First Aid at Home

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This practical session will look at a range of simple first aid measures using widely available herbs and kitchen cupboard ingredients. We will cover remedies for minor injuries, coughs and colds, tummy upsets, and insect stings and bites and we will clarify when professional help is necessary. You will also make a herbal ointment which you can take away with you. Kate is a qualified medical herbalist and member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists. No prior experience is required.

Dates: 
13 April 2011
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10am-4pm
Teachers
Kate Butler
Cost: 
£35/£40

Tales for our Time

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Stories have the power to rekindle deep knowing and provide blueprints to inner and outer journeys and initiations. The aim of the workshop will be to facilitate a deeper connection with nature and with our own wild natures and gain a clearer perspective on the story we are living personally and collectively. We will use the inspiration gained from this experience to create new stories which keep this sense of connection alive, explore more sustainable ways of thinking and being and act as a tool for communicating this to others. We will revitalise our senses to ensure we are equipped to see clearly the choices available to us and where they will lead us.

Dates: 
2 April 2011
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10am-4pm
Teachers
Milly Jackdaw
Cost: 
£35/£40

Free! +Bursaries available - Green Infrastructure course in Sheffield

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FREE Courses for Community Composters - Sheffield CCN have teamed up with a Green Estates, a hands--on social enterprise in Sheffield to develop a new FREE training course for community composters in using their compost in a range of innovative new ways.

The course will enable anyone interested in or working with compost to expand their level of knowledge and options for what to do with it (and subsequently increase their sources of income).
 

It will include:

  • Practical sessions on scaling up your composting activities
  • Diversifying into landscape contracts
  • Expanding the social dimensions of compost uses
  • A practical workshop on Green Roofs and Living Walls
  • A marketing workshop
  • Ideas factory
  • Mini case studies
  • A session on goal setting and next steps for those who want to take it further.


About the venue- Green Estate is a mile from Sheffield centre in the remaining part of the Great Sheffield Deer Park. It was set up to regenerate derelict land in Sheffield into green spaces. Its now almost self-funding through a variety of commercial and social activities, including green space making and management, composting, landscape design, green roofs, training and food growing.

It's a short bus ride from Sheffield station. Full details of how to get there by bus, tram, or car will be sent when you book.

Bursaries will be available to help with travel and accommodation costs

The course may be repeated in the future but it won't be free!

Dates: 
17 February 2011 to 18 February 2011