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Scything & Land Management Course contact: info@monktonwyldcourt.org

With Simon Fairlie

6pm Friday - 5pm Sunday  (Whole course)

  6pm - 8pm Friday AND 09:30am - 5pm Saturday (Beginner course only)

  09:30 am - 5pm Sunday (Advanced course only)

 

Whole course £135 per person includes supper on Friday and lunch on Saturday and Sunday

 

Beginner course £80 per person includes supper on Friday and lunch on Saturday

 

Advanced course £65 per person includes lunch on Sunday

 

From the course leader:

Beginners often imagine that a two day course is a bit excessive, just to learn how to use a garden tool; and that is true if all you want to do is knock down weeds. But anyone who wants to mow grass on any scale will benefit from a two day course, and people who do the course come away saying "I don't know how you could cram all that into one day".

 

Two days gives you enough time to practice different peening methods; I also spend more time on grass management, and demonstrate how to make and stack a hay rack, which enables you to make hay even in changeable weather.

 

Beginners may opt to come only on Friday evening and Saturday. Improvers who have done a beginner's course with me or someone else can opt to come only on the Sunday.

 

Friday Evening:

  • Brief history and sociology of the scythe

 

Saturday:

  • Selecting the right blade and snath for the job (or making best use of what you've got):
  • Setting up a scythe and snath;
  • Sharpening;
  • Basic mowing technique;
  • How to avoid damaging the blade, and how to repair chips and cracks;
  • Basic peening demonstration.

 

Sunday:

  • Early morning mowing
  • Managing grass with scything in mind;
  • Small-scale haymaking techniques
  • Peening practice with jig and bar peen anvil

 

TO BOOK please email info@monktonwyldcourt.org or telephone 01297 560342. 

 

Scythe importer and grass management enthusiast Simon Fairlie heads Chapter 7 of The Land is Ours and The Land Magazine (among other things) from his stable block offices here at Monkton Wyld Court.

 

 

 

Starts On:
September 15, 2017
5:00 PM
Ends On:
September 17, 2017
5:00 PM
Scything & Land Management Course contact: info@monktonwyldcourt.org
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May 19, 2017
5:00 PM
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May 21, 2017
5:00 PM
£135.00
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Fruit Trees: Summer Pruning

Tom Nancarrow from Pip and Stone and Adam’s Apples will show you how to summer prune your fruit trees to grow beautiful and bountiful trained forms - espaliers, cordons, fans and more. This short course will cover the reasons for summer pruning and the various trained forms you can grow, with a practical demonstration showing you how to summer prune. Course attendees will then prune the various trained fruit trees in Monkton Wyld’s walled garden. You will need to bring: Notepad/pen Secateurs Loppers/pruning saws if you have them
Starts On:
August 13, 2017
11:00 AM
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August 13, 2017
3:00 PM
£25.00
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Willow Basket Making

Judy Hartley of The Court Cupboard Craft Gallery, South Wales, will be here to show complete beginners the art of basket making, with each attendee leaving with their own small round basket with a handle. Judy studied basketry at the Guildhall University. She developed an interest in traditional functional baskets used in Great Britain and Ireland. She works mainly in willow, but has has also worked with oak swill, and more recently in rush and bark work. She enjoys teaching and passing on her skills to the next generation of basket makers.
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August 25, 2017
5:00 PM
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August 27, 2017
5:00 PM
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3 Day Market Gardening

This workshop will not only cover much of the fundamental principles of crop production, but will also focus on how to run a successful market garden business. One of the critical aspects of running a market garden well is being organised, so record keeping and basic accounts will be talked about as well as crop planning, sowing schedules and crop rotations.

 

The course will be suitable for people who are looking into starting up a small scale market gardening business, as well as those who have already started. Soil types as well as soil health and fertility will be talked about along with other technical aspects of growing vegetables such as propagation, cultivation, protected cropping, pests and disease, seed saving and harvesting, packing and storing vegetables.

 

The course will be run over three days and led by three different tutors at three different holdings. After meeting at Monkton Wyld Court, the participants will go to Trill Farm Garden where Ashley runs a 2.5 acre smallholding with his partner Kate. He will run through setting up their business and running a succesful market garden, growing salad and other high value vegetables including producing in polytunnels.

 

On the second day, participants will go to Longmeadow Organics near Dorchester where Hugh and Patsy Chapman have been organic vegetable growers for well over 20 years. They will talk about selling vegetables through a farm shop and growing more field scale crops using tractor tools.

 

On the final day of the course we will be visiting Homeacres, where Charles Dowding grows salad and vegetables using a no dig system. He will talk about the merits of using no dig in a market garden. Overall the course will cover three very different production systems from tutors with a combined experience of over 70 years of growing vegetables.

 

3 day ticket including accommodation & food

GBP 315.00

2 day ticket including accommodation & food

GBP 190.00

1 day ticket including food (no accommodation)

GBP 80.00

3 day ticket with lunch (no accommodation)

GBP 210.00

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September 23, 2017
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September 25, 2017
5:00 PM
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Hedge Laying

Patch Tucker and Ed Shaw will be here for the weekend to guide us through the skills and art of hedge laying: “This course will be a practical introduction to the ancient craft of Hedge-laying. We will work together in small groups, with mentoring from experienced Hedge-Layers. We will be maintaining a mature hedge in traditional west-country style, laying branches to regenerate, whilst harvesting firewood and poles for craft. The aim is that the hands on experience of this course will enable participants to Lay Hedges independently, by learning the tools and skills required, including: choosing which branches to lay; cutting a hinge; laying the branch; weaving a hedge; pegging down the hedge. There will be a brief introduction before we start Laying, including tool use, sharpening and maintenance.
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November 10, 2017
5:00 PM
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November 12, 2017
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Planning & Planting a Fruit Orchard

Course tutor:

The course is led by fruit tree specialist Tom Nancarrow from Pip & Stone Fruit Tree Services, a specialist pruning and planting service of fruit trees and orchards.  Tom also works for Adams Apples, growing over 200 varieties of fruit trees on their nursery near Honiton.

 

Course detail:

Are you looking to plant a small orchard for yourself and your family? Or maybe a community orchard in your local town? Perhaps you have greater ambitions of starting a new juice and cider enterprise?! They are many things to consider before planting a new orchard - choosing the best site, understanding pollination, selecting a rootstock, the best varieties, potential yields, when to plant, how to protect from rabbits/sheep/deer… and that’s before you’ve even dug the first hole!

 

This one-day course will put you on the right path to planting an orchard of healthy and productive fruit trees suitable for your location and needs. It will be predominantly classroom-based learning with slides and discussion, with some practical sessions for tree planting and formative pruning.

 

Session 1:

Big trees or small trees? - Covering the pros and cons of different rootstocks and their management requirements, including tree protection and understory management - scythe, lawnmower or sheep.

Session 2:

Site selection and considerations - The effects of aspect, altitude and soil types on the growth and health of fruit trees. This should help you to identify the best location for planting a new orchard, and suggest the best ways to grow fruit trees on a less-than perfect site. Session 3: Choosing trees and planting the orchard - The pros and cons of pot grown/bare-root, whips/feathered trees, pollination and how to design and mark out a new orchard. We will also do a practical demo on how to plant fruit trees properly.

 

Session 4:

A discussion on fruit varieties and types - What’s best for you, traditional or modern varieties? What makes a good juicing/cider apple? Which are the most disease resistant fruit trees to grow in the West Country? We will discuss all of these questions and more, with preference given to varieties best suited for pesticide-free and organic growing.

 

Session 5:

Formative pruning and healthy establishment - what is the best shape for fruit trees, open centre or centre leader? This session will cover how fruit trees grow and the best way to prune young fruit trees for productivity and health. To include a practical demo on formative pruning.

 

Course price:

£60 for the day including lunch £54 for LWA or CSA Network members *If you would like to book accommodation the night before or after the course please contact Monkton Wyld Court directly on info@monktonwyldcourt.org.uk

Starts On:
November 18, 2017
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November 18, 2017
4:30 PM
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Couples’ Birth Workshop

This one day workshop in a beautiful tranquil setting will give you and your partner the knowledge and practical skills to approach the birth and parenting of your baby with calmness and confidence.  A relaxed day, this is also a great chance to meet other couples about to start their journey into parenthood.

 

Learn about: • The physiology of labour and different birth positions.

 

• The emotional journey of birth and parenting for you and your partner.

 

• Practical ways to support your partner before, during and after birth.

 

• Relaxation, breathing and visualisation techniques.

 

• Shiatsu & Swedish massage techniques to relieve pain.

 

• Bonding with your baby.

 

The workshops are led by Juliet Morgan, a trained midwife and mother of four. In addition to Birth Preparation Workshops she is a Shiatsu and Swedish massage practitioner and runs Pregnancy and Baby Massage groups.

 

“Becoming a parent is an ordinary miracle. Prepare for it, delight in it, celebrate it!”

 

Booking essential. £100 per couple Tel: 07933906680. Email: Juliet@cooptel.net

Starts On:
November 18, 2017
10:30 AM
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November 19, 2017
4:30 PM
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Build your own wood fired cob pizza oven (See info for other dates available)

This delicious day out with expert Kate Edwards and pizza chef Charlotte Eve will give you all the skills to go home and build your own cob pizza oven. You'll learn how to source your materials, build your oven and enjoy a short introduction to cob building in general.

 

Cob ovens cost very little to make and they can be sculpted into any shape you want so there will be a chance to try your hand at sculpting too. Kate will also show you how to light and cook in your oven. Probably the best bit of the day is the mouthwatering wood fired pizza lunch you'll enjoy whilst sitting back and soaking up the view. Homemade cakes are served in the afternoon.

 

Kate and Charlotte's hands on and informative day has been featured on BBC One, BBC Good Food Magazine and The Guardian to name a few. They promise you'll have great fun on the course and hopefully the best pizza you've ever tasted!

 

Cost £130 per person including pizza lunch and homemade cakes.

To book and information on other dates please visit www.cobcourses.com or phone 07949 241815

 

Other dates for your consideration: 22nd April, 6th and 13th May, 3rd and 17th June, 22nd July, 19th August, 16th and 30th September, 7th October

 

Cob Courses | House Building & Pizza Oven Workshops in ... www.cobcourses.com Workshops on how to build a cob house and how to build a pizza oven. Learn to build a cob house, studio, shed, plus cob repairs, based in Devon, Dorset, UK.

Starts On:
March 24, 2018
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March 24, 2018
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Building With Straw Bales

This action-packed weekend course is run by Dorset straw bale builder Phil Christopher, of Huff and Puff Construction. Phil believes passionately in bringing all the wonderful benefits of straw bale building to a wider audience, and in addition to his work for Huff and Puff, he is on the board of Straw-bale Building UK (SBUK), promoting straw bale building and best practice in the UK.

 

Your weekend starts with an introductory session on the Friday evening, followed by two days of both theory and hands-on building of a load-bearing straw bale room. No previous building experience is required! What you’ll learn on this course should give you enough knowledge and confidence to start your own project.

 

The course fee includes your accommodation and all meals at the wonderful Monkton Wyld Court. So you can immerse yourself in the course, get to know everyone and ask all the questions you want, perhaps over a drink in the evenings at the on site pub, all followed by a good night’s sleep!

 

Course details: Friday evening: Arrive for dinner at 6pm 7pm - A presentation about straw bale building in the UK, covering history, types of construction and its many benefits, including answering your questions.

 

Saturday and Sunday: A combination of theory and practice, building a load-bearing straw bale room. We’ll cover the following: - Planning your build - Planning and Building Control - Foundation types - Carpentry and sourcing timber - Selecting and preparing bales - Building bale walls - Framing doors and windows - Fitting top beams - Compressing the straw - Roof options - Wall finishes All interspersed with lovely meals, tea, cake and biscuits.

 

Finish on Sunday will be at 5pm latest. Please book via the book button or below. You can also visit www.huffpuff.me/training and email training@huffpuff.me, or call Phil on 07770 565656 with any questions. Cost: £250

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5:00 PM
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How to build your own cob house or garden studio 4 day course. (See info for other dates available)

This intensive 4 day course is run by the award winning cob builder Kate Edwards. Kate and he partner Charlotte have previously built their own pioneering cob-bale home and completed many beautiful cob projects around the UK. Kate's greatest strength is her teaching - her enthusiasm is infectious and her vast knowledge of regarding earth building is impressive. She has taught  thousands of people from around the world already how easy and affordable it is to build your home with cob.

 

 

Each day begins with theory and the rest of each day is spent gaining hands on experience. You will be working on a cob roundhouse project on site. Kate will cover building regulations and planning as well as foundations, walls, doors and windows, roof options, clay plasters and lime renders. You will leave the course with all the knowledge and skills to go away and start your own cob building project. This workshop promises to be a life changing experience for anyone looking to find a sustainable and affordable solution to building their own home or smaller structure.

 

Absolutely no previous building experience is necessary. 

 

Other dates for your consideration:  28th April-1st May,  26th May-29th May,  30th June-3rd July,  4th August-7th August,  25th August-28th August,  22nd September-25th September.

  

To book and information on other dates please visit www.cobcourses.com or phone 07949 241815


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Trevor Carter Bristol Storyteller of the Year 2014 Residential Writers Performance Workshop

Monkton Wyld Writing and Performance Weekend Course detail: We will be exploring the skills involved in writing and performing poetry and short stories. It is suitable for anyone who is interested in exploring their potential as writers and performers. More experienced people will find it useful to build on their skills by learning new approaches and techniques.

 

Developing writing and performance skills is not only rewarding in itself but has the benefit of improving confidence and presentation skills in everyday life. In addition to writing exercises we will be analysing and practising the vital yet often neglected art of stagecraft. This will all happen in the framework of a supportive and structured setting.

 

Course tutor: Trevor Carter, known as the Bard of Windmill Hill, is the only poet to have won Bristol’s Storyteller of the Year award and has published four successful books. He has performed at many festivals and theatres around the UK and has run workshops in schools and at festivals. He is a qualified teacher and trainer and has been co-organiser and poet in residence of Bristol’s longest running variety show for ten years.

 

Outline of content:

Friday: After dinner we will spend some time getting to know each other and look at the plan for the weekend. I will then entertain you with a selection of my work, including my prizewinning story.

 

Saturday: We will start by exploring writing skills, followed by exercises. Later we’ll work on reviewing, editing and performance skills. The evening will be occupied with sharing our results!

 

Sunday: We will spend more time on editing and practice our performance skills. After lunch we will share completed works and review what we have achieved.

 

Comments:  “I had never been to a creative writing workshop before. I liked this. I was told it would just be some bloke pontificating! … but there was a structured lesson and we all got to write a piece! Complete with tips and tricks.”  Caroline Easthope.

 

 "Your insight is matchless...highly rewarding." Sadia Gill, Corporate Communicator, Switzerland "My supervisor commented on my improved performance at work and better grasp of grammar and comprehension." Trainee teacher

 

Trevor Carter 

 

The Bard of Windmill Hill   
Bristol Storyteller of the Year 2014

 

www.windmillbard.co.uk 

 

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