Medicinal Forest Garden Weekend

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This Medicinal Forest Garden Weekend course at Holt Wood in North Devon is an ideal introduction to the cultivation and uses of medicinal trees and shrubs. This course can help you to identify the potential for growing and making your own herbal remedies in a forest garden. During this course we will cover a range of native and introduced healing trees and shrubs. A practical walkabout will provide opportunities to see and identify these and other medicinal plants growing in a woodland setting. You will hear about the many uses of these plants, from cough cures to painkillers and more. There will be discussion of permaculture design features, and issues in cultivating a medicinal forest garden. You will learn about good harvesting practices, as well as drying and preservation techniques. We will have practical opportunities to harvest bark and other products and show you powdering for making capsules and pills. You will also learn how to make a variety of preparations suitable for body and health care, such as teas, tinctures, hydrosols and balms. Numbers on this course are limited to ensure that there are plenty of opportunities for discussion and questions.

Dates: 
23 May 2020 to 24 May 2020
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10.30 - 4.00 each day
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£150.00
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Medicinal Herbs in Historical Practice

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A day course at Holt Wood in North Devon where you can learn about medicinal herbs in historical practice. From medieval folklore to seventeenth-century recipes – join this day course to explore the plants of field, hedgerow and woodland which our ancestors may have used to treat wounds and disease. During this day we discuss historical views of health and illness, see a variety of medicinal plants, and hear about their use in folklore and historical recipes. You will also see how to make a variety of traditional preparations such as poultices and distilled waters.

Dates: 
11 June 2020
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10.30 - 4.00
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£85.00
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Contact name: 
ANNE STOBART
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01363777531

Harvesting from the Medicinal Forest Garden

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A day course at Holt Wood in North Devon where you can learn about harvesting and making products from medicinal trees and shrubs. During this day we will consider medicinal harvesting in a forest garden context based on bark, flowers, fruits, leaves and roots of trees and shrubs. You will see a variety of native and introduced medicinal trees and shrubs in a woodland context. There will be sessions on good harvesting practice, drying and preservation techniques. You will also see how to make a variety of preparations suitable for health and skin care, such as capsules and ointments.

Dates: 
28 May 2020
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10.30 - 4.00
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£85.00
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ANNE STOBART
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Designing the Medicinal Forest Garden

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A day course at Holt Wood in North Devon where you can learn about medicinal trees, shrubs and other herbs which can be cultivated in a medicinal forest garden context. No experience is needed. This day will be of interest to gardeners, growers, landworkers and woodland managers. During this day we will cover key native and introduced medicinal trees and shrubs and their main identification features and uses. A practical walkabout will provide opportunities to see and identify medicinal plants growing in a woodland setting. There will be sessions on permaculture design, sourcing and propagation of plants, planting and maintaining a medicinal forest garden.

Dates: 
14 May 2020
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10.30 - 4.00
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£85.00
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21 Dean Street
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ANNE STOBART
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The Science of Mulching

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This 2 1/2 day course is aimed at gardeners, smallholders, orchard and woodland enthusiasts and is designed to teach participants about the science behind the different mulching materials and techniques, as well as introducing them to two of the many soil amendment strategies available; biochar and indigenous miccroorganisms.

Used correctly much can have a positive effect on both soil and plant health. Mulch supresses weeds, regulates soil temperature, improves soil structure, adds nutrients, increases soil micro-organism activity, reduces evaporation and helps to retain soil water.

A combination of both classroom and practical outdoor sessions will give you the tools to take away and use what you have learnt on your own land.

Course includes;

- What mulch is, its function, identify the different types and learn when to apply each one
- Biochar, its uses, how to make and activate (practical session)
- Indigenous Microorganisms (IMO's) - a practical session on how to make them
- The theory and practice of lasagne mulching and its place in a no-dig system, followed by a practical session.

Course Leaders

Dr. Fran Osborn is a permaculture practitioner, currently finishing her Diploma in Applied Permaculture with many years experience working on permaculture sites both in the UK and Spain.

Ian Madej owns Mere Brow Farm and manages the permaculture practices on site.

For further details or to book contact Sadie Platt sadie.platt@merebrowfarm.co.uk

Dates: 
6 December 2019 to 8 December 2019
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Accommodation is available for up to 6 people in a purpose-built bunkhouse in a shared dormitory at £25pp per night. Tent pitches are available at no cost (no facilities other than one outside toilet and access to water).

Cost: 
£175 with concessions available. Course includes all food.
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Mere Brow
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Gardening as a Spiritual Practice 2020

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With Emma Clark, Satish Kumar and June Mitchell

Gardening has a profound impact on the heart and soul. There will be talks by Satish Kumar on how we are all connected via the profound spiritual essence that is Nature and how through gardening we can connect intimately with nature; and by an expert on Islamic gardens, Emma Clark, on how gardening may be seen as a sacred art and on the spiritual symbolism of the Paradise Garden. Your experience will also include walks around the beautiful Dartington grounds and Qigong bamboo exercises led by the well-known and experienced practitioner June Mitchell.

Dates: 
16 July 2020 to 19 July 2020
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Course fees include private accommodation with shared bathroom and all vegetarian meals. Fee also includes any field trips, materials as well as all teaching sessions. The programme will run from Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon. If you would like to take this course as a non-residential participant, please call us on Tel: +44 (0) 1803 847237.
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£625
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Introduction to Environmental Psychology

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Environmental psychology is a specialised branch of psychology which focuses on research and practice in the relationships between people and the physical environment – these can be built or natural environments. The environment influences how people behave, but also people can change the environment. Therefore, environmental psychology is concerned with the impact of the environment on people and the impact of people on the environment.

Introduction to Environmental Psychology is a 3 hour microcourse now available from the exciting new ACS site - LearnHowTo. This is a subscription site comprising hundreds of microcourses which are available to study for a flat monthly subscription. With no study or time limit, or contract term for your monthly subscription - you can cancel at any time - this offers users great value.

Dates: 
1 October 2019
Cost: 
Aus $32.95 monthly subscription
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ACS Distance Education, PO Box 4171, Stourbridge, DY8 2WZ
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Diana Cole
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01384 442752

Conservation Psychology

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Conservation psychology is the scientific study of the relationship between humans and nature, focusing on encouraging conservation of the natural world. It is the understanding of environmental problems using psychological principles. This branch of psychology is commonly applied in zoos or natural contexts and is exemplified by the application of social norms and persuasions or community-based approaches to environmental problems.

Conservation Psychology is a 3 hour microcourse now available from the exciting new ACS site - LearnHowTo. This is a subscription site comprising hundreds of microcourses which are available to study for a flat monthly subscription. With no study or time limit, or contract term for your monthly subscription - you can cancel at any time - this offers users great value.

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1 October 2019
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Aus $32.95 monthly subscription
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ACS Distance Education, PO Box 4171, Stourbridge, DY8 2WZ
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Diana Cole
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Permaculture Concepts

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Learn about the nature and scope of Permaculture. Permaculture is a system of agriculture based on perennial, or self perpetuating, plant and animal species which are useful to man. In a broader context, permaculture is a philosophy which encompasses the establishment of environments which are highly productive and stable, and which provide food, shelter, energy etc., as well as supportive social and economic infrastructures.

Permaculture Concepts is a 2 hour microcourse now available from the exciting new ACS site - LearnHowTo. This is a subscription site comprising hundreds of microcourses which are available to study for a flat monthly subscription. With no study or time limit, or contract term for your monthly subscription - you can cancel at any time - this offers users great value.

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1 October 2019
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ACS Distance Education, PO Box 4171, Stourbridge, DY8 2WZ
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Diana Cole
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Fruit Tree Grafting and Pruning Workshop

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Interested to learn about fruit tree grafting?
Have fruit trees that need pruning?

Come to a Grafting & Pruning Workshop by Chris Evans. You will learn about grafting and winter pruning, and take home 2 trees you’ve grafted yourself.

If you have a favorite apple tree in your garden you want to propagate, you can bring along a branch (scion) for grafting – contact Emma for details. Chris is also looking for scion of named varieties for grafting in his fruit nursery so if you need a tree pruning he is happy to exchange this work for some of the branches !

Dates: 
14 March 2020
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9.30am-4.30pm please arrive by 9am to settle in with a cuppa. You will need to bring: A Packed Lunch - hot drinks will be available. A Memory Stick for course materials to be transferred on to. Any branches (scion) from your favorite tree you want to propagate.
Cost: 
£45
Contact name: 
Emma
Telephone number: 
07786 262864