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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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Denmark Farm - new 2011 programme now out

In 2011 we have merged our traditional conservation courses with our increasingly popular craft workshops, to create a varied and exciting programme consisting of over 30 courses. From spoon carving to beekeeping and identifying mammals or insects to restoring wildflower meadows, there is something to suit everyone. You can now also buy training vouchers for yourself or as gifts. Although our training offers very good value for money this is a great way to spread the costs or introduce people to a new interest. Please see website or enquire for details www.shared-earth-trust.org.uk

Denmark Farm Conservation Centre – Conservation & Craft Courses 2011

Jumper Revamping                                                                                                 Sat 12 February, 10am-4pm

Cost: £35*/£40                                                                                                              Facilitator: Carys Hedd

Transform your unwanted jumpers, with a range of techniques, into desirable, one off, ravishing creations.

Spoon Carving (age 12+)                                                                                   Thu 24 February, 10am-4pm

Cost: £35*/£40                                                                                        Facilitator: Grace Young-Monaghan

Learn some carving techniques and design and make your own unique wooden kitchen spoon or fork.

From Fleece to Felt                                                                                                        Fri 4 March, 10am-4pm

Cost: £35*/£40                                                                                             Facilitator: Lorraine Pocklington

Learn a wet felting technique to create an exquisite mobile phone holder, passport cover or purse.

Phase 1 Habitat Survey                                                                   Wed 16-Thu 17 March, 9.30am-4.30pm

Cost: £135*/£140                                                                                                                Facilitator: Jan Martin

The standard UK method of habitat survey, with a wide range of applications in conservation & planning.

Sowing the Seed                                                                                                     Tue 22 March, 10am-4pm

Cost: £35*/£40                                                                                                            Facilitator: Linda Davey

Cooking with a difference -  using local seasonal ingredients for health and balance. Especially beneficial for the liver and gallbladder at this time of the spring equinox. Includes lunch prepared together.

Shave Horse Making                                                                           Wed 30-Thu 31 March, 9.30am-4.30pm

Cost: £65*/£70                                                                                                             Facilitator: Jamie Miller

This full on two-day course will provide all the materials needed to construct your own shave horse.

Tales for our Time Sat 2 Apr, 10am-4pm

Cost: £35*/£40                                                                                                         Facilitator: Milly Jackdaw

A workshop to facilitate a deeper connection with nature and gain a clearer perspective on our life story. We will then use this experience to create inspiring tales to encourage connection in others.

Herbal First Aid at Home                                                                                          Wed 13 April, 10am-4pm

Cost: £35*/£40                                                                                                              Facilitator: Kate Butler

Exploring a range of simple first aid measures using widely available herbs and kitchen ingredients.

Wild in the Woods (age 8-12)                                                                                         Wed 27 April, 10am-4pm

Cost: £20*/£25                                                                                                          Facilitator: Sally Harvey

A day in the woods: build a fire, cook lunch, make a shelter and woodcraft. Includes lunch made together.

A Taste of Honey                                                                                                             Fri 6 May, 10am-4pm

Cost: £35*/£40                                                                                                            Facilitator: Pam Gregory

Covering all the issues to help you decide whether to go further with beekeeping and enrol on full course. Learn about what’s involved in terms of time, skills, equipment, other resources and challenges.

Understanding Sustainable Beekeeping                                                                        Sat 7 May, 10am-4pm

Cost: £35*/£40                                                                                                           Facilitator: Pam Gregory

This course will help you understand the challenges, current issues and options for beekeepers wanting to manage their bees as sustainably as possible as well as wider environmental and social aspects.

Field Survey Techniques (SELL)                                                                    Fri 13-Sun 15 May, Time:TBC

Cost: £75**                                                                                                                           Facilitator: Jan Martin

Field surveys and data collection are essential for base-line studies and site/habitat planning, management and monitoring. This course gives a thorough theoretical and practical grounding in available techniques.

Bird Identification (SELL)                                                                                        Fri 20-Sun 22 May, Time:TBC

Cost: £75**                                                                                                                      Facilitator: David Anning

Develop your observation skills and learn key features in the company of an expert guide. A highly pleasurable course, mostly outside, with some indoor sessions to consolidate your knowledge.

Wild in the Woods (age 5-8)                                                                                           Wed 1 June, 10am-4pm

Cost: £20*/£25                                                                                                            Facilitator: Sally Harvey

A day in the woods: build a fire, cook lunch, make a shelter and woodcraft. Includes lunch made together.

Understanding British Mammals 1: Gnawers, Nibblers & Insect Crunchers (SELL)

Fri 3-Sun 5 June, Time:TBC

Cost: £75**                                                                                                                      Facilitator: Rob Strachan

This course covers insectivores, rodents, rabbits, hares and deer. Species identification including skulls, life cycles, habits and habitats will be just some of the topics covered with an expert mammal ecologist.

Identifying Flowering Plants (SELL)                                                              Fri 17-Sun 19 June, Time:TBC

Cost: £75**                                                                                                                Facilitator: Margaret Howells

Gain the confidence to use a `flora’ and `keys’ and identify unknown flowering plant species on your own. Practical skills will be developed mainly using specimens in the laboratory, with some field excursions.

Restoring Wildflower Meadows (Flora Locale)                                                            Thu 23 June, 10am-4pm

Cost: £100**                                                                                                                Facilitator: Richard Williams

An introduction to grassland ecology and communities. Covering the relationships between grassland types, management and change, and how to recognise, assess, record and manage different communities.

Identifying Grasses, Sedges & Rushes (SELL)                                          Fri 24-Sun 26 June, Time:TBC

Cost: £75**                                                                                                                Facilitator: Margaret Howells

A valuable course for professional development. Emphasis will be on practical skills, mainly using flowering and non-flowering specimens in the lab, and producing a personal portfolio and small voucher collection.

Understanding British Mammals 2: Predators & Hunters (SELL)                 Fri 1-Sun 3 July, Time:TBC

Cost: £75**                                                                                                                     Facilitator: Rob Strachan

This course covers carnivores, seals and cetaceans. Species identification including skulls, life cycles, habits and habitats will be just some of the topics covered with an expert mammal ecologist.

Entomology: The Larger Insects of Wales (SELL)                                        Fri 8-Sun 10 July, Time:TBC

Cost: £75**                                                                                                   Facilitator: Phil Ward & Peter Brown

Field-based sessions observing and identifying large insects: butterflies, dragonflies, moths and beetles. Plus practical methods of capturing and handling specimens found in various habitats around the site.

Animal Diversity (SELL)                                                                                Fri 22-Sun 24 July, Time:TBC

Cost: £75**                                                                                                                      Facilitator: Sonali Ghosh

Find out the science behind sorting out members of the Animal Kingdom. By examining their structure and studying evolutionary processes, you will be able to place animals in to related groups.

Family Bushcraft (open to all ages)                                                                                             Dates/times tbc

Cost: tbc                                                                                                                                   Facilitator: tbc

2-3 days throughout summer school holidays. Dates & details to be confirmed (please enquire).

Habitat Restoration & Recreation (SELL)                                                          Tue 6-Thu 8 Sept, Time:TBC

Cost: £75**                                                                                                                           Facilitator: Jan Martin

Investigate modern methods of creating habitats from first principles, gain an insight into why such techniques are necessary and the validity of recreating habitats that have been damaged or destroyed.

Felt Hat Making Workshop (advanced)                                                                 Sat 10 Sept, 10am-4.30pm

Cost: £35*/£40                                                                                             Facilitator: Lorraine Pocklington

In this workshop, you will make a stunning & individual felt hat. You must either have been on the ‘From Fleece to Felt’ workshop, or had experience of wet felting around a resist to create a hollow form.

Foraging Food For Free                                                                                         Fri 16 Sept, 10am-4.30pm

Cost: £35*/£40                                                                                                        Facilitator: Chloe Griffiths

A ramble around Denmark Farm learning to identify and discuss edible and useful plants growing on site. There will then be time to prepare some wild foods together (e.g. salads, pudding, drink).

Identifying Mosses, Liverworts & Lichens (SELL)                                       Fri 23-Sun 25 Sept, Time:TBC

Cost: £75**                                                                                                                Facilitator: Margaret Howells

Learn to identify mosses, liverworts and lichens which make up an important but often a neglected component of many habitats. There will be specimens to identify and excursions in to habitats at the venue.

Patchworking in Practice                                                                                               Wed 5 Oct, 10am-4pm

Cost: £35*/£40                                                                                                            Facilitator: Kate Murray

Create useful & decorative objects from old clothes and rags. You will work on making a patchwork potholder. Techniques learnt can be used for larger projects.

Tools for Stools (age 12+)                                                                           Sat 8-Sun 9 October, 10am-4pm

Cost: £65*/£70                                                                                                            Facilitator: Tony Eames

Learn how to use various woodcraft tools and make your own unique stool or chair to take away! Have a go at using a shave horse, draw knife, spoke shave, brace and bit, dowelling and drilling.

Pond & Stream Invertebrates (SELL)                                                                    Fri 14–Sun 16 Oct, Time:TBC

Cost: £75**                                                                                                                             Facilitator: Phil Ward

Explore the lives and adaptations of the many invertebrates that make up a freshwater ecosystem and develop your own field notebook. A practical workshop with visits to ponds on site and a nearby stream.

Wild in the Woods (age 8-12)                                                                                     Wed 26 October, 10am-4pm

Cost: £20*/£25                                                                                                            Facilitator: Sally Harvey

A day in the woods: build a fire, cook lunch, make a shelter and woodcraft. Includes lunch made together.

Large Hedgerow Basket Workshop (advanced)                             Sat 12-Sun 13 November, 10am-4pm

Cost: £65*/£70                                                                                                   Facilitator: Melissa Holloway

For those with some previous basket making experience, make a larger basket (eg. log/laundry basket).

Christmas Crafts (Natural decorations)                                                             Sat 3 December, 10am-12.30pm

Cost: £20                                                                                                                     Facilitator: Hannah Cutler

Decorations made from natural, organic and hedgerow materials to decorate your home at Christmas. 


Christmas Crafts (Recycled materials)                                                                      Sat 3 December, 1.30-4pm

Cost: £20                                                                                                                     Facilitator: Hannah Cutler

Get creative with different materials, from last year’s Christmas cards to scraps of materials, to create handmade decorations for your home. Decorations both for the festive season and all year round.

NB. If booking both Christmas Crafts workshops (am & pm) then a combined cost of £35*/£40 applies.

Fees:

*Early Bird Bookings - a £5 reduction can be applied to bookings paid in full by a minimum of 4 weeks before the start date for Shared Earth Trust courses only.

**SELL (School of Education & Lifelong Learning, Aberystwyth University) and Flora Locale offer concessions for certain categories as well as Early Bird discounts. Please see their websites (below).

Bookings:

Most courses, unless marked otherwise, are Shared Earth Trust (SET) courses – Please use the paper or on-line form at www.shared-earth-trust.org.uk / e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / phone 01570 493358.

Bookings for SELL & Flora Locale courses are directly with SELL/Flora Locale.  See either www.aber.ac.uk/sell / phone 01970 621580 or www.floralocale.org / phone 01672 515723. Please contact these providers direct for their reservation and cancellation policies.

Shared Earth Trust course places are reserved once full payment has been received. If the minimum number of participants has not been met within 2 weeks of the start date, courses may be cancelled or rescheduled. Where a course is fully booked or has already been held we can accept further names in case of a cancellation or to express an interest for next year.

Cancellations:

If you need to cancel your place, please contact us as soon as possible. If you cancel more than 4 weeks before the course starts we will retain £20 to cover our administration costs. Cancellations within 4 weeks of the course start date are chargeable in full unless we are able to fill the place from a reserve list or if special circumstances apply. We reserve the right to decide whether the latter applies.

Start times:

Times listed are the actual time the course begins. Please arrive 15-30 min before the stated time if you would like a hot drink beforehand.

Lunch/refreshments:

Unless stated otherwise please bring a packed lunch. Tea & coffee is provided during breaks.

Ages:

Unless stated otherwise, all courses are suitable for participants aged 16+. On some craft courses 13-15 year-olds are welcome to attend with a parent or guardian, please enquire.

Accommodation:

Self catering accommodation / camping is available at Denmark Farm: please see the booking form.

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