Permaculture Alison
Permaculture Alison

Welcome to 2018 Programme 

Workshops,Visits and Open Day in 2018

Workshops prices are as listed and I offer a discount of 15% for couples who book and attend together ( ie partners) and low-waged/unemployed attendees. The Open Day is free and a drop in event without any 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.
 
Ring to book on 01242 621152 or contact via website email or message me on Facebook.

Saturday 14th April  –   

Permaculturing Your Polytunnel or Greenhouse      

11am - 3pm

 
A 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.
 

Saturday April 28th –  

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 be messy so wear old clothes and wellies for trampling unless you fancy bare foot! 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 thermal hotwater, solar PV electricity, 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 trampoline 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).
 

 Saturday 9th June – 

 Making friends with Weeds and Wildlife  11am – 3pm 

 This day will look at all the ways we encourage wildlife into the garden to increase 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.
 

Sunday 1st July -  

 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! Please note this is not basket weaving as such,  but let me know if you are interested in hedgerow basket weaving for a later course.
 
Price £30 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.
 

Date to be decided -

 Natural Dyeing  from the Garden  11am - 3pm

 
Friends from the Oxford Guild of Spinners and Weavers would like to run a course at Foxfield on making natural dyes for dyeing wool. Using plants and weeds they find in the garden they will demonstrate the techniques creating beautiful natural colours in wool. This is a day for spinners, weavers, felters, knitters and novices alike. Are you a would be' wool crafty person? Why not have a go at spinning on a wheel or drop spindle while you're here amongst some friendly experts, you'll probably be hooked from the start as I was!
 
Please note this is unconfirmed yet but I will keep a list of interested people so please respond if you fancy it.
 
Prices to be confirmed. Will include a tour of Foxfield and refreshments as usual.
 

Sunday 23rd September  –   

Cider and Pizza Making      11am - 3pm

 
We have been making cider with a homemade scritter 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 it is to make cider and other hedgerow and garden wines, try some of ours (sips if driving!) and make your own pizza to cook in our woodfired cob pizza oven for lunch (ingredients provided).
 
Price £32 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

I 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 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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