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  • TRANSATLANTIC TRADE & INVESTMENT PARTNERSHIP petition

    Can we encourage as many as possible to sign and/or organise petitions - and if possible to attend the "Day of Action" at the Carmarthen Guildhall on Saturday 30th August at 10am.

    If the TTIP goes ahead, as is being discreetly negotiated at present, it will make billions for the US global corporations and ruin our society, economy and environment in the process.

     

     

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  • The new Three Towns Food Network, linking Knighton, Presteigne and Kington to increase local food resilience, will be showing at Knighton Agricultural Show on 30 August (next to the tea tent, with Tene Valley Environmental Group and Knighton Tree Allotments Trust. Read more ...  

  • The 2014 Spring Greens Fair

     

    Bigger, better, bursting with good things green, but still intimate and charming...the 2014 Spring Greens Fair is back this weekend, 3/4 May at the wonderful Court of Noke, Staunton on Arrow. Mid Wales Permaculture Network will be there, of course (perennial forest garden plants for sale and adopt-a-plant with free plants for children. This year there will be even more wonderful food, activities, forum discussions, demonstrations, crafts, performace... see it all here:

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  • FARMERS MARKET

    AND TRANSITION PRESTEIGNE SKILLSHARE

     

    SATURDAY 5TH APRIL

    Memorial Hall, Presteigne, 9am -1pm

     

    LOCAL PRODUCE inc fresh organic veg, local cheeses, meats, eggs, smokerie, scrummy bites, homemade Indian foods, apple juice ...

    A SPECIAL stall for April from Whitton WI

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Exciting new programme at Coed Hills

Jess Clynewood reports that Coed Hills has a series of three Forest Gardening courses and an Introduction to Permaculture course coming up from March - May.

Coed Hills Forest Gardening Courses

January - March 2011

With Jess Clynewood, Charly Le Marchant, Rich Wright and Stephen Watts

Coed’s Forest Garden 2011 course programme offers another opportunity to learn all of the aspects of Forest Gardening.  From the dark roots in contact with the mycorrhizal fungi, the many intricately designed layers, to the beneficial insects including the honey bee, a Forest Garden is one of the best examples of how to use what we know about natural systems to design living systems that work for the benefit of people, other creatures and the planet.

There will again be much opportunity for hands-on experience through planting and developing the existing plantings, as there is still much work to do in establishing this forest garden.

Forest Gardening is a way of growing food based on combining plants and trees together in natural woodland-like patterns that forge mutually beneficial relationships, creating a highly productive garden eco-system.

An established forest garden will give high yields of diverse produce such as fruit, nuts, vegetables, herbs, medicines, fuel, fungi and animal fodder, at the same time as needing less maintenance than a conventional vegetable garden.   An emphasis on perennial plantings means that the Forest Garden will be largely self-fertilizing, self-watering and be a healthy eco-system rich in habitats for beneficial insects, birds and animals.

 

12th – 13th March 2011

Introduction to Forest Gardening

With Jess Clynewood and Stephen Watts

This hands-on course will look at the theory and practice of Forest Gardening, including a basic introduction to Permaculture principles and design.  There will be plenty of opportunities to gain practical experience in Coed’s forest garden, along with as much flexibility as possible to meet the individual needs of the participants.

Topics Covered

o    Introduction to Permaculture

o    Forest gardening in practice

o    Design process

o    Natural systems observation

o    Forest garden principles

o    Species selection and planting plans

Fees            £100 / £85 concessions

Fees            £100 / £85 concessions

26th - 27th March 2011

Introduction to Permaculture

With Jess Clynewood and Charly le Marchant

Permaculture is a design system derived from detailed observation of nature that can help us design resilient, harmonious and beneficial human systems. This course is an ideal taster for anyone who is considering taking a full Permaculture Design Course.  The weekend will offer a grounding in the ethics, principles and basic techniques of permaculture design.  The course will be taught using a variety of  creative and engaging methods, and will include opportunities to gain practical experience in Coed’s permaculture and forest gardens.  By the end of the course you will have a basic knowledge of some of the permaculture ethics and principles, and be able to apply them to your personal situation to move towards greater sustainability

Topics covered

o      Permaculture ethics and principles

o      Natural systems observation

o      Permaculture in practice

o      Design cycle

o      Group design exercise

Fees            £100 / £85 concessions

7th – 8th May 2011

Forest Gardening – Soil and Fungi

With Jess Clynewood and Rich Wright

Fungi play an essential role in our ecosystems, working away in shady unnoticed corners, providing services that we are, only in recent times, becoming properly aware of. This course on will uniquely focus on how fungi can help to establish and strengthen a Forest Garden ecosystem.
Fungi usage and cultivation have been part of human activity for thousands of years and many cultures of the world have long known of their merits as food crops and medicines. Modern fungi cultivation in the western world has mainly been contained to large scale clean room operations or the button mushroom industry, and a few enthusiastic hobbyists, but this is changing as knowledge of their uses and importance spreads.

 

Topics covered

o      Soil structure

o      Soil conservation and improvement

o      Fungi’s role in the ecosystem

o      Practical uses of fungi

o      Fungi collection and propagation techniques

Fees            £100 / £85 concessions

16th – 17th April 2011

Forest Gardening – Bees and beneficial insects

With Charly le Marchant and Jess Clynewood

Bees and other insects play a very important role within ecosystems, one that has until recently been very much ignored.  By providing forage and habitat for theses insects we can harness the useful aspects of their behaviour such as pest control and pollination.   Using a whole systems approach to producing food in abundance, Forest Gardening takes us away from mono-culture and the need to use damaging insecticides.  As hinted in their name, many of these are linked to the decine in honey bee populations and also to massive decimation in other, less visable, but equally important insects.

Topics covered

  • The biology of the honey bee
  • A year in the life of a colony
  • History of beekeeping including beekeeping and honey harvesting around the world
  • Products of the hive and their uses
  • Alternative forms of beekeeping – Top Bar, Warré What alternatives teach us about the bees Threats to the bees – disease, parasites, pesticides, handling techniques
  • Planting for pollen and nectar yield.

o      Making a top bar hive

  • Hive visit

 

Fees £100 / £85 concessions

 

Bookings and more info

Please visit www.coedhills.co.uk for further info and booking form, or contact Jess on 07725 182894 or emails to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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