Permaculture Alison
Permaculture Alison

Welcome to 2018 Programme 

 

Workshops and Open Days

Workshops prices are as listed and I do offer a discount for couples or families who book and attend together, ie partners). Open days are free and drop in without need to book.

All events run by experienced permaculturist  Alison Ensor, at accredited LAND Permaculture Demonstration Centre - Foxfield, Gretton Fields, near Gretton, Gloucestershire, GL54 5HH unless otherwise stated.

 

Please ring to book on 01242 621152 or contact via website email or message me on Facebook.

 

 March –   Permaculturing Your Polytunnel or Greenhouse      11am - 3pm

 
An in depth look at how to extend the growing season in your greenhouse or polytunnel without using any heating. How to collect rainwater and irrigate without time and effort on your part or reverting to mains water. We will look at quirky ways to increase the sustainability of your indoor growing space, interesting crops to extend the season, a novel look at weeds and all things permaculturey. 

Price £30 per person (accompanied kids under 12 free) and includes a tour of Foxfield and refreshments. Places limited so please book early.

 

April –  Making Cob and Plastering a RoundHouse      11am - 3pm

 
Come and learn how to make cob from clay, sand and straw which can be used for a pizza oven, rocket stove or in this case, to plaster the inside walls of our new strawbale RoundHouse. This will indeed be messy so wear old clothes, gloves will be provided.
Price £30 per person (accompanied kids under 12 free) and includes a tour of Foxfield and refreshments. Places limited so please book early.
 

 Saturday 26th May –     Open Day     11am - 5pm    - FREE

Come and have a tour of all the permaculture happening at Foxfield LAND Permaculture Demonstration Centre and see how you could be making changes to live more positively. We have solar power, wood burning cooking, an electric car and various permaculture projects such as a self-watering polytunnel, no-dig vegetable garden, mini reed bed, wildlife ponds, chicken and duck forage garden, solar hot-tub, compost toilet and a brand new strawbale RoundHouse new for 2018. See permaculture in action and get some simple ideas to take away, and have a cup of tea and a slice of cake to make the day (donations to the Permaculture Association).

 

 June –  Making friends with Weeds and Wildlife  11am – 3pm 

 This day will look at all the ways we encourage wildlife into the garden to increate biodiversity, how to really work with and not against nature in all its guises. Learn the purpose of all aspects of nature in your garden eco-system and thus understand its contribution or message in term of the balance in your system. Weeds are a fantastic unused resource - learn how to keep them in balance, use them, eat them, mulch with them... Guaranteed to make you come away with ways to stop the battle and start the co-creation on your patch!

Price £30 per person (accompanied kids under 12 free) and includes a tour of Foxfield and refreshments. Places limited so please book early.

 

July,  date tbd –   Making a Straw Basket      11am - 3pm

Have fun making your own straw basket to take away with you. Perfect for collecting eggs or harvesting berries. Easy and quick to learn, with the novel twist of a new use for bindweed!
 
Price £35 per person (accompanied kids under 12 free) and includes a tour of Foxfield and refreshments. Places limited to 4 people only,  so please book early.

September,  date tbd –   Cider and Pizza Making      11am - 3pm

 
We have been making cider with a homemade scritt er and press for several years. Come and have a go, bring apples if you have them, and containers to take some juice home to make your own cider with. Learn how easy to make cider and other hedgerow and garden wines, try some of ours (sips if driving!) and make your own pizza to cook in a woodfired cob pizza oven for lunch.
 
Price £35 per person (accompanied kids under 12 free) and includes a tour of Foxfield and refreshments. Places limited so please book early.
 

October,  date tbd –   Grow, Thresh and Bake Your Own Loaf      11am - 3pm

 
Ever fancied having a go at growing some grain? Try it out on this workshop where we will go through all the stages, sowing a heritage rye grain, threshing a previous crop still in the ear, winnowing to separate the chaff out, grinding some grain and baking a loaf which we will hopefully cook in our woodfired clay oven before you go home! Great fun but with a serious look at the pros and cons of homegrown grain. Will give you some rye grains to take away for to trial at home.
 
Price £35 per person (accompanied kids under 12 free) and includes a tour of Foxfield and refreshments. Places limited so please book early.
 

 

 

                                    Site Visits and Tours

We can offer personal tours of Foxfield LAND Permaculture Demonstration Centre if booked in advance. There is a charge of £5 per person, which includes a personal explanation of the project designs and any questions answered. Most people visit for at least 90 minutes and we can put the kettle on for you too!

 

Foxfield LAND Permaculture Demonstration Centre -

Foxfield, Gretton Fields, near Gretton, Gloucestershire, GL54 5HH.

Please ring to book private tours on 01242 621152 or contact via website email.

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