Seedy Sunday at Doldowlod
This event on March 14 was the first of its kind in the Llandrindod-Rhayader area, and attracted several dozen enthusiastic seed collectors and growers. Held in the Walled Garden at Doldowlod Estate, the day was warm and sunny, allowing full use of the large fire pit cooking area for heating the wonderful soups brought along by visitors to the Seed Swap, and everyone was able to enjoy the
Permaculture on BBC2 new Edible Gardens series
Permaculture will be featured on BBC2 at 8.00 pm on Wednesday 7th April 2010 as part of ‘The Edible Garden’, a new Gardeners’ World series with Alys Fowler.
The BBC crew visited Tim and Maddy Harland (the founders of Permaculture Magazine and Permanent Publications) last summer and were bowled over by their mature forest garden full of food and wildlife.
Local Food Co-op Proposal
A cooperative for buying local and organic produce is proposed, centred in the Llandrindod / Rhayader area
See Rhayader Transition town website, left hand column
and use the online form for expression of interest (as consumer, supplier or volunteer) , queries and comments.
Seedy Sunday Delights in Machynlleth
Visitors to the event on February 28 at Y Plas were not disappointed. Dyfi Valley Seedsavers had a sizzling programme of talks and presentations running throughout the day to tempt people away from the laden tables of delightfully packaged seeds on offer. Ben from Real Seeds gave talks on how to collect and save seed like the experts, as well as how to breed your own vegetable varieties over several seasons.
Claire shared the details of the new Welsh vegetable trials being carried out with the support of GLASU. The precarious state of the Llanover pea brought it home to triallists how important this work is – the stocks being given out this season are the last remaining on the planet!
Free Energy Surveys in Hay
Transition Hay-on-Wye and the Hay Festival have teamed-up to offer a monitoring and surveying capability for any buildings including houses, businesses and schools. This is a free community service and includes:
• external building surveys with a thermal imaging camera
• spot checking internal and external wall temperature to identify cool spots with an infra-red thermometer (equipment also available for loan),
• monitoring electricity usage across whole property and individual devices (equipment also available for loan),
• domestic energy surveys via the Big Green Challenge finalist Household Energy Service.
The information gained from the surveys will help you to find ways to save energy and cut costs. In return, with your permission, we will use the thermal images for further awareness-raising including at the Hay Festival.
The best results are obtained whilst your house is still being heated,