NEW! Introduction to Biodynamic Gardening course at Waltham Place, Berks Nov 2019 | Biodynamic Association

NEW! Introduction to Biodynamic Gardening course at Waltham Place, Berks Nov 2019

Biodynamic Events at Heckfield Place, Hampshire 2019
17th July 2019
Jo Bradley
6th September 2019

Waltham Place – Working with Nature
Introduction to Biodynamic  / Organic Gardening  NEW COURSE!  Nov 2019 to June 2020
Times: 10am-5pm on all 6 dates

Turn your garden into a haven for nature and produce healthy food for your family and friends with our step-by-step workshops to guide you through the gardening year. Join the Biodynamic Gardening team in the delightful gardens of Waltham Place to learn the key biodynamic and organic practices that allow you to grow fruit and vegetables without the need for artificial input or chemical pesticides. From the first steps of planning a vegetable garden, to the final harvest of the year, we’ll offer you our expert advice and guidance.

Module 1: Saturday 23rd November 2019 – planning an organic/biodynamic vegetable garden
Module 2: Saturday 18th January 2020 – sowing seeds and plant propagation
Module 3: Saturday 7th March 2020 – cultivation and fertilisation
Module 4: Saturday 4th April 2020 – health & vitality: natural prevention of pests & diseases
Module 5: Saturday 16th May 2020 – appreciation and guidance
Module 6: Saturday 6th June 2020 – harvesting and storage (including seed saving)

Price: £150 To include refreshments.

To book for an event please contact estateoffice@walthamplace.com stating the name of the event and the number of places required, or telephone 01628 825 517.

Other great events at Waltham:

Apple Walk – Saturday 5th October 10.30 pm-1 pm
Enjoy a woodland walk and tour of the estate’s apple orchards, tasting the many old apple varieties. Press apples using a traditional barrel press and taste the finished juice.
Price: £10 to include refreshments
Meeting point: The Tearoom, Waltham Place, Church Hill.

Introduction to Astronomy Workshop with Ian Bailey Saturday 12th October 2019 10am6pm
Since ancient times mankind has been aware of the influences of the Moon on the seasons and plant growth, as well as animal and human behaviour. Biodynamics acknowledges these and other subtle cosmic forces, and works with them throughout the growing cycle to promote health and vitality to our gardens and farms. On this practical and engaging workshop, Ian Bailey, will guide the group to create a planisphere in order to understand and experience the movements of the planets and stars around us. How to work with the Biodynamic Planting Calendar will also be presented.
Price: £40 including a light lunch and refreshments
Meeting point: The Tearoom, Waltham Place, Church Hill.

Autumn Wildlife Garden Walk Thursday 24th October 2019 10.30am12.30pm
Join us in the gardens and grounds of Waltham Place as we look at the characteristics of a
nature garden that allows it’s wildlife to overwinter successfully until Spring.
With local naturalist Brian Clews as our guide, helping to identify and understand the species we find.
Price: £7 to include refreshments. Proceeds to Wild Cookham
Meeting point: The Tearoom, Waltham Place, Church Hill.

Hedgelaying Course Saturday 16th November 2019 9.30am4pm
Hedge laying has great conservational value and with the associated benefits to wildlife it really is important to preserve and share this skill. In this one day training session, Clive Leeke will cover the fundamentals of hedge laying, teaching all the necessary skills and techniques.This course is designed for absolute beginners wanting to learn, through to the more experienced hedge layer wanting to practice and improve.By the end of the day you will have laid your own section of hedge, which will become a wildlife haven for years to come. Please dress warmly. All tools provided.
Price: £75 To include warming lunch and refreshments Student Rate: £50 Quote STU50
Meeting point: The Ormandy Centre, Waltham Place, Church Hill.

To book for an event please contact estateoffice@walthamplace.com stating the name of the event and the number of places required, or telephone 01628 825 517.

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Philosophy at Waltham – Working with Nature: 
Welcome to Waltham Place. As we invite you to explore its many different facets with us, we ask that you shift your paradigms; that you look at the gardens with a different eye, to be accepting of the less formal, less tidy look. I am a gardener of place, who seeks to work with the nature of the place, adapting and evolving to its ecology rather than producing a decorated garden. Natural gardening is all about your relationship with the garden and its evolution, using your knowledge of plant systems and families. We are staunch believers in all aspects of biodynamic/organic husbandry and in the holistic management of the estate. We seek to combine forces with nature rather than fighting against it, and to explore the boundaries between garden and nature. In doing so, we have created a haven to an abundance of insect and animal life, fungi and indigenous flora. This is our legacy, our investment in the future.  Strilli Oppenheimer