Build Your Own Solar Charger

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Create your own portable solar charger from re-used materials able to power phones and USB devices

  • Take your charger home at the end of the day
  • All materials provided, including charging components
  • Bring a friend and get 10% off
  • 95% of public workshop attendees rated our course as 'excellent' or 'very good'

You will:

  • Learn what energy is - how it works today, and what’s in store for the future
  • Understand the electrical basics: current, voltage, resistance, power, series and parallel circuits
  • Build your own fully functional solar PV panels
  • Understand how to test your panel and connect charging components to use your power on the spot
  • Dig deeper into the energy dilemma - and possible solutions

No prior knowledge required!
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All profits reinvested into our social objectives.
Demand Energy Equality is a not-for-profit dedicated to increasing energy literacy, reducing energy demand and working with others to ensure equality of energy access.

Dates: 
21 March 2020
18 April 2020
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10am - 4.30pm
Teachers
Ian Westmoreland
Cost: 
£85 (concessions available)
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Unit C, 59 Ladywell Road, Lewisham, London, SE13 7UT
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Ian Westmoreland
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07980801959

Introduction to DIY Wind Power

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The V3 Power team have been running courses showing people how to build functional wind turbines by hand for more than a decade. For this workshop, they have adapted and modified the popular Hugh Piggott turbine design to simplify it, and have used it to created a course that focuses on the theoretical and practical learning outcomes, to make it much more accessible and affordable for beginners.

Together we will build a machine to turn the power of the wind into electricity using simple materials and a range of hand tools. All participants carve a wooden blade, manipulate powerful magnets, and connect copper coils into a stator. As a team we assemble all the components to finish the turbine. Finally we test it and participants can see their work turned into fully charged batteries!

If you are interested in learning about renewable energy systems, this workshop will allow you to get hands-on access to wind generation technology. As with all our DIY energy workshops, you will learn what energy is and what it can do, and gain an understanding of the electrical basics: current, voltage, resistance, power, and series and parallel circuits.

  • Build a fully functional turbine from component parts
  • Learn how to test and maintain wind turbines used in off grid systems
  • Dig deeper into the energy dilemma - and possible solutions
  • No previous experience required.

To book a place go here.

All profits reinvested into our social objectives.
Demand Energy Equality is a not-for-profit dedicated to increasing energy literacy, reducing energy demand and working with others to ensure equality of energy access.

Dates: 
1 February 2020
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10am - 4.30pm
Teachers
Tom Dixon Jack Howe
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Cost: 
£85 (concessions available)
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Unit C, 59 Ladywell Road, Lewisham, London, SE13 7UT
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Ian Westmoreland
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Cob Oven Build

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Bear Natural Building will be helping us build a cob oven which will be the focal point of our new community kitchen creating a space for sharing and socialising.

You will have a chance to learn the art of using natural materials to construct with whilst enjoying and experiencing Wishtree our permaculture LAND, learner project, where we are demonstrating various techniques such as forest gardening and how we live and work off-grid.

We are also offering 10% off this course if you book a place on our May Introduction to Permaculture course. You can learn more about Bear Natural Building on instagram, search bear_natural_building.

The fee includes catering and camping. Places are limited so please book early to ensure your place on the course. For more details please visit our website.

Dates: 
12 June 2020 to 14 June 2020
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£250
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Tree to Frame – Roundwood Timber Framing

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Utilize the natural beauty and low impact nature of roundwood timber framing to create structures ranging from simple sheds and shelters to your own home or barn.

If you’ve always dreamed of building your own bespoke home this five day roundwood timber framing course will provide you with all the skills that you need. Under the expert tuition of craftsman Jamie Miller of Ty Pren, you will learn all the basic techniques for design and construction of your own project.

Course Programme:

Day 1. Why roundwood timber framing? a look at the woods, timber selection and grading. Stripping poles for construction.
Day 2. Framing bed and layout of frame. Marking up and position of joints.
Day 3. Work on frame.
Day 4. Bracing and Truss work.
Day 5. Finish frame and raise.

A delicious organic two-course vegetarian lunch is provided on each workday (please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements).

You will need steel toe cap boots and are welcome to bring along any tools you might have and like to use. Location is in a nearby woodland in Llangybi (not at Denmark Farm Conservation Centre). Location details and meeting point will be confirmed after registration. Maximum 8 participants.

Dates: 
21 September 2020 to 25 September 2020
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Course commences at 9.00am and finishes at 5.00pm each day
Teachers
Jamie Miller
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Cost: 
see website for details
Address: 
Betws Bledrws LAMPETER Ceredigion SA48 8PB
Contact name: 
Mara Morris
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01570 493 358
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Traditional Hedge-laying

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A unique opportunity to spend two days developing your traditional hedge-laying skills with expert countryside craftsman Peter Drake.
You will learn the benefits and techniques of hedgerow management including singling and high pruning as well as laying. The principle aim is to give you as much ‘hands-on’ traditional hedge-laying experience as possible. The course will involve laying an established but newly planted hedge, never been laid before, mostly consisting of hazel, hawthorn and blackthorn, and filling in gaps with new tree saplings. We will be laying an approx 25-20 m hedge in the local Ceredigion style.

The hedge is a boundary hedge on a property just a mile or so from Denmark Farm. We will meet first at Denmark Farm to look at some different hedges, already laid and in different stages of development, around the nature reserve.

Peter will also cover health and safety and the basics of tool maintenance.

All tools and equipment will be provided as well as plenty of hot drinks and biscuits. Please come dressed for cold and wet weather and bring a packed lunch.

Dates: 
27 February 2020 to 28 February 2020
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Course commences 9.00am and finishes 4.30pm each day
Teachers
Peter Drake
Apprentice Teachers
Cost: 
Waged participants – £80 Students/Unwaged – £65
Address: 
Betws Bledrws LAMPETER Ceredigion SA48 8PB
Contact name: 
Mara Morris
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01570 493 358
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Grow Your Own – Planting Out – The Winter Greenhouse

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Our Grow Your Own programme is a series of nine short courses providing all the basic knowledge required to get growing at home. Our focus is growing vegetables whilst being mindful of nature.

On this course you will learn the essentials of growing winter crops in a greenhouse or polytunnel. It will cover what crops are suitable for growing over winter under cover and how to manage them.

There is a classroom-based theory part to this course, as well as an outdoor (well, in a greenhouse!) practical section where you will be taken through the full process of planting up a greenhouse bed.

This course will equip you with the fundamental techniques of planting out in the greenhouse or polytunnel.

Please note: This course will involve outdoor demonstrations. Please come prepared for working in wet and cold weather. All tools and working gloves will be provided.

This is the third day in a series of three planting out vegetables courses. The first day (on Sunday 22nd March 2020) will focus on planting vegetables outdoors and the second day (on Sunday 10th May 2020) will focus on planting vegetables under cover for the summer.

The course is suitable for anyone aged 16 or over. Please bring a packed lunch on the day. Hot drinks and biscuits will be provided.

Dates: 
3 October 2020
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Course commences at 10.00am and finishes at 3.00pm
Teachers
Malcolm Berry
Apprentice Teachers
Cost: 
£35 for this session only and £90 for all three
Address: 
Betws Bledrws LAMPETER Ceredigion SA48 8PB
Contact name: 
Mara Morris
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01570 493 358
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Grow Your Own – Compost Corner

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Our Grow Your Own programme is a series of nine short courses providing all the basic knowledge required to get growing at home. Our focus is on growing vegetables whilst being mindful of nature.

Compost is black gold and an essential ingredient of growing fruit and vegetables in the home garden. This course explores everything you need to know about how to compost successfully. From constructing a heap and the right mix of materials to whether or not to turn it, this course will answer all your composting questions.

There is a classroom-based theory part to this course, as well as an outdoor practical where we will look at and work with the compost made on site. This course will equip you with the fundamental techniques of creating your own ‘black gold’ compost.

Please note: This course will involve outdoor demonstrations. Please come prepared for working in wet and cold weather. All tools and working gloves will be provided.

The course is suitable for anyone aged 16 or over. Please bring a packed lunch on the day. Hot drinks and biscuits will be provided.

Dates: 
20 June 2020
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Course commences at 10.00am and finishes at 2.00pm
Teachers
Malcolm Berry
Apprentice Teachers
Cost: 
£30
Address: 
Betws Bledrws LAMPETER Ceredigion SA48 8PB
Contact name: 
Mara Morris
Telephone number: 
01570 493 358
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Grow Your Own – Planting Out – The Summer Greenhouse

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Our Grow Your Own programme is a series of nine short courses providing all the basic knowledge required to get growing at home. Our focus is growing vegetables whilst being mindful of nature.

On this course you will learn the essentials of growing summer crops in a greenhouse or polytunnel. It will cover what crops are suitable and various ways in which they can be trained.

There is a classroom-based theory part to this course, as well as an outdoor (well, in a greenhouse!) practical section where you will be taken through the full process of planting up a greenhouse bed and initial plant training.

This course will equip you with the fundamental techniques of planting out in the greenhouse or polytunnel.

Please note: This course will involve outdoor demonstrations. Please come prepared for working in wet and cold weather. All tools and working gloves will be provided.

This is the second day in a series of three planting out vegetables courses. The first day (on Sunday 22nd March 2020) will focus on planting vegetables outdoors and the third (on Saturday 3rd October 2020) will cover extending the season by growing crops for the winter under cover.

The course is suitable for anyone aged 16 or over. Please bring a packed lunch on the day. Hot drinks and biscuits will be provided.

Dates: 
10 May 2020
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Course commences at 10.00am and finishes at 3.00pm
Teachers
Malcolm Berry
Apprentice Teachers
Cost: 
£35 for this session only and £90 for all three
Address: 
Betws Bledrws LAMPETER Ceredigion SA48 8PB
Contact name: 
Mara Morris
Telephone number: 
01570 493 358
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Grow Your Own – Planting Out

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Our Grow Your Own programme is a series of nine short courses providing all the basic knowledge required to get growing at home. Our focus is growing vegetables whilst being mindful of nature.

This course will look at methods and techniques for planting out vegetable crops that have been raised under cover or in a seedbed. It provides underpinning theory on crop rotation and different growing systems and techniques.

There is a classroom-based theory section to this course, as well as an outdoor practical where you will be taken through the full process of planting out different vegetable crops.

This course will equip you with the fundamental techniques of planting out in vegetable beds outdoors.

Please note: This course will involve outdoor demonstrations. Please come prepared for working in wet and cold weather. All tools and working gloves will be provided.

This is the first day in a series of three planting out vegetables courses. The second day (on Sunday 10th May 2020) will focus on planting vegetables under cover for the summer and the third (on Saturday 3rd October 2020) will cover extending the season by growing crops for the winter under cover.

The course is suitable for anyone aged 16 or over. Please bring a packed lunch on the day. Hot drinks and biscuits will be provided.

Dates: 
26 April 2020
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Course commences at 10.00am and finishes at 2.00pm
Teachers
Malcolm Berry
Apprentice Teachers
Cost: 
£30 for this session only and £90 for all three
Address: 
Betws Bledrws LAMPETER Ceredigion SA48 8PB
Contact name: 
Mara Morris
Telephone number: 
01570 493 358
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Grow Your Own – Planting Out

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Our Grow Your Own programme is a series of nine short courses providing all the basic knowledge required to get growing at home. Our focus is growing vegetables whilst being mindful of nature.

This course will look at methods and techniques for planting out vegetable crops that have been raised under cover or in a seedbed. It provides underpinning theory on crop rotation and different growing systems and techniques.

There is a classroom-based theory section to this course, as well as an outdoor practical where you will be taken through the full process of planting out different vegetable crops.

This course will equip you with the fundamental techniques of planting out in vegetable beds outdoors.

Please note: This course will involve outdoor demonstrations. Please come prepared for working in wet and cold weather. All tools and working gloves will be provided.

This is the first day in a series of three planting out vegetables courses. The second day (on Sunday 10th May 2020) will focus on planting vegetables under cover for the summer and the third (on Saturday 3rd October 2020) will cover extending the season by growing crops for the winter under cover.

The course is suitable for anyone aged 16 or over. Please bring a packed lunch on the day. Hot drinks and biscuits will be provided.

Dates: 
26 April 2020
More dates and times information: 
Course commences at 10.00am and finishes at 2.00pm
Teachers
Malcolm Berry
Apprentice Teachers
Cost: 
£30 for this session only and £90 for all three
Address: 
Betws Bledrws LAMPETER Ceredigion SA48 8PB
Contact name: 
Mara Morris
Telephone number: 
01570 493 358
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