“Ten Skills for Transition”: Free Training Programme

So we have our fantastic programme of events running between May and November which have been generously funded by the Big Lottery Awards for All fund. Below are the details of all the workshop leaders and the workshops. If you would like to book or find out more information about any of these workshops please contact Fiona on info@aliceparkcommunitygarden.org

Ten Skills for Transition

1. Carpentry using reclaimed wood (focused workdays/workshops)

Places: 6 adults

Dates: Sunday 13th & 27th May (Sessions 1 &2); Sunday 10th and 24th June (Sessions 3 & 4), 9 am to 1 pm including refreshment break

Sessions 1 & 2: Build a three-bin composting system from pallets.

Sessions 3 & 4: Make signage and garden structures from reclaimed wood.

Venue: Alice Park Community Garden

Trainer: Rod White, carpenter. Rod trained as a carpenter and has over 30 years’ experience in the construction industry as well as a background in site safety.

 

2. Willow-weaving (workshop)

Places: 12 adults

Date: Saturday 19th May, 9 am to 1 pm including refreshment break

Venue: Alice Park Community Garden

Make beautiful garden ornaments from willow.

Donation of £4 each requested to cover the cost of materials

Trainer: Julie Starks, environmental artist.

Julie creates artwork that reflects her fascination with ecosystems, sustainability, and the beauty of structure, pattern and texture in the natural world. She uses wood, metal, willow rods and other reclaimed materials to produce sculpture, seating and creatively landscape with living willow.

http://www.juliestarks.com/

 

3. Wildlife gardening & pond-making (focused workday/workshop)

Places: 10 adults

Date: Saturday 16th June, 9 am to 1 pm including refreshment break

Venue: Alice Park Community Garden

Learn how to make a pond and create a wildlife area for the garden –design, maintenance and planting.

Trainer: Stephen Pritchard, Edible Landscape, Radstock

Stephen designs, builds and restores ponds both professionally and “for the fun of it”, and has a background in wildlife and habitat creation.

http://ediblelandscape.co.uk/

 

4. Compost-making (focused workday/workshop)

Places: 12 adults

Date: Saturday 23rd June, 9.30 am to 1 pm including refreshment break

Venue: Alice Park Community Garden

Learn how to make fantastic compost.

Trainer: Peter Andrews, Bath Organic Growers (B.O.G.)/ Transition Bath with Jonathan Holt.

Peter Andrews has been an organic gardener and permaculturalist since before he can remember. “If it once lived then it can be composted” is his motto. Join him in a life and garden enhancing compost morning.

Jonathan Holt has been composting in his own garden for 15 years with some wonderful results in bringing on young plants.


5. Urban Permaculture – community action & community spaces (workshop)

Places: 12 (age 13-26)

Date: Monday 23rd/Tuesday 24th July, daytime/eve TBC

Venue: TBC

Session 1: Indoor workshop/presentation on urban permaculture in action

Trainer: Sarah Pugh, Bristol Permaculture/ Shift Bristol

Sarah has been facilitating permaculture courses since 1999 and teaching them since 2003. Her focus has always been on inspiring and involving people in designing and improving their local space, creating opportunities for communities to work collaboratively and to reconnect with nature, particularly in urban areas.

http://www.sarah-pugh.co.uk/

 

6. Permaculture for Guerrilla Gardeners (workshop)

Places: 12 (age 13-26)

Date: Monday 30th/Tuesday 31st July, daytime/eve TBC

Venue: Alice Park Community Garden and beyond

Session 2: Outdoor workshop: learn about seed-bombs, perennials, wild flowers, and low maintenance planting

Trainer: Sarah Pugh, Bristol Permaculture/ Shift Bristol

 

7. Sensory gardening – aromatic and healing herbs (workshop)

Places: 12 adults

Date: Saturday 25th August, 9 am to 1 pm including refreshment break

Venue: Alice Park Community Garden

Design a sensory herb-garden and learn about the culinary and medicinal uses of the herbs. Includes tasting session with a range of herb teas.

Donation of £4 each requested to cover the cost of plants/contribute to planned sensory garden for visually impaired visitors

Trainer: Zoe Hawes, medical herbalist & Permaculture herb-grower

Zoe is a nurse with 20 years of hospital nursing experience and has also been practising as a medical herbalist for 11 years. She is passionate about local plants for local people and grows most of the herbs she needs for her dispensary in her two-acre Pharmaculture Orchard run on permaculture principles.

http://www.zoehawes.co.uk/

8. Edible gardening: From Spade to Spoon (workshop)

Places: 10 adults

Date: Saturday 1st September, 10 am to 2 pm (includes a lunch of garden produce)

Learn a range of sustainable gardening techniques to produce delicious organic ingredients. Then combine a healthy lunch with a special tour of the plot. Practical advice to take home along with some taste sensations to remember. Suit beginners, enthusiasts and foodies.

Donations accepted

Venue: Alice Park Community Garden

Trainer: Kathy Cook, garden manager and founder of Alice Park Community Garden

Kathy previously managed ‘The Blakes’ Head Café’ in York and is passionate about edible gardening and growing local food. In 2010 she ‘discovered’ the site of Alice Park Community Garden (then a piece of waste ground) and with a team of volunteers created the garden from scratch.


9. Grow/Cook/Eat: bushcraft cooking on an open fire (workshop)

Places: 8 (age 7-11)

Date: Saturday 8th September, 10 am to 2 pm (includes a lunch of garden produce)

Lets see what’s looking good in the garden and create something delicious for our lunch! Together we will light a fire, harvest some amazing vegetables and cook up a storm.  We will eat together and decide what is our favourite dish.  Suit beginners and junior masterchefs alike.   

Donations accepted

Venue: Alice Park Community Garden

Trainer: Lucy Holborn, cookery and bush craft teacher

Lucy has over 13 years’ experience creating fun learning opportunities around food in the outdoors, specialising in outdoor cookery skills, nature connection and bush craft.


10. Fruit-tree pruning (workshop and focused workday)

Date: Saturday 24th November, 2012, 9 am to 1 pm including refreshment break

Places: 6-12 adults

Venue: Alice Park Community Garden and local orchard TBC

Learn how to prune apple trees – practical hands-on training. Learn the difference between restorative and regenerative pruning. Follow-up session planned for January/February 2013 focusing on young trees.

Trainer: Jim Dowling, Transition Bath

A former wine-maker and grower, Jim has set up three community orchards and is a co-founder of Transition Bath.