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

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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:

Children’s Event ‘Bees, butterflies and flowers’ Friday 9th August 10.30am-12.30pm
Bring the children along for an estate walk focusing on the bees, butterflies and flowers in the gardens and meadows of Waltham Place.
Price: £6 per person to include cordial and biscuits
Meeting point: The Tearoom, Waltham Place, Church Hill.

Bat walk and talk Friday 9th August 7.30pm-10.30pm
Explore the woods at twilight using bat detectors to locate and identify the different species flying overhead.
Price: £7 Proceeds to Berks and S Bucks Bat Group
Meeting point: The Tearoom, Waltham Place, Church Hill.

Children’s Event ‘Woodland Detectives’ Friday 16th August 10.30am-12.30pm
Bring the children along for an estate walk in the woods of Waltham Place. Hunt for clues of the woodland plants and animals as we become woodland detectives.
Price: £6 per person to include cordial and biscuits
Meeting point: The Tearoom, Waltham Place, Church Hill.

Annual moth night Friday 16th August 8.15pm – 11pm
Join our moth experts as we visit the woods after dark to take part in our yearly moth survey. Moth experts will be on hand to identify the moths and chat about the different species. 533 species of moth have been recorded here since 2002 so let’s see if we can add to that total.
Price: £7 Proceeds to Wild Maidenhead
Meeting point: By arrangement

Tree identification workshop -‘The oak and other native trees’ Friday 23rd August 10am -3.30pm
Join Martin Woolner for a one day workshop learning to identify our native deciduous trees along with some of the common conifers. Martin will cover the distinctive features of trees. Using keys and samples he will teach us a range of different techniques to help with their identification. The morning session will also cover tree identification apps, how to network with tree wardens and conservation.
After lunch Martin will lead us on an afternoon walk to appreciate and understand the ecology of the estate’s oak trees. Oak trees are the top UK habitat for wildlife, supporting more species than any other British tree. Martin will walk us through the various invertebrates, mammals, birds, fungus and plants that use this fabulous tree as a host.
Price: £30 to include a light organic lunch. Donation to Wild Cookham
Meeting point: The Ormandy Centre, Church Hill.

Family Outdoor Cooking– Saturday 31st August 10am-3pm
Do you love eating outdoors? Join the team for a day of outdoor cooking. Harvest, prepare, cook and eat in the Kitchen Garden of Waltham Place.
Price: £30 (Special rates for families and groups)
Meeting point: The Tearoom, Waltham Place, Church Hill.

Discover Biodynamics Day – Friday 6th September 9.30am-4pm
Join our Biodynamic Gardening team in the delightful gardens of Waltham Place for this one day introduction to Biodynamic Gardening. Throughout the day, you will learn how to care for your soil and plants using Biodynamic methods, thus maximising their health and vitality.
Price: £30 to include a light lunch
Meeting point: The Ormandy Centre, Waltham Place, Church Hill.

Fermented foods for a healthier life – Saturday 7th September 10am-4pm
Join Sonia Dunduru for a one day course teaching the skills required to make fermented foods from milk and vegetables. These rich probiotic foods, correctly made and incorporated into our lifestyle, are vital and will help us maintain gut health and build our immune system. With opportunities to make and taste fermented dairy products, drinks and saurkraut this will be an interactive and hands-on day.
Price: £80 to include lunch and refreshments
Meeting point: The Ormandy Centre, Waltham Place, Church Hill.

Sacred Geometry in Flowers and Plants – Saturday 21st September 2019 10am – 5pm
Join us for this one-day workshop where we will explore the beauty and pattern within nature and the cosmos. Simple guided meditation in the peaceful gardens of Waltham Place with gardener, Ute Wegener, together with sessions in the practice and philosophy of sacred geometry with Master geometer, Daniel Docherty, will form the core of the course. There also will be time for meditative reflection and nature/flower observation. The incredible harmony and beauty inherent in nature will be explored through the construction of patterns using the traditional geometer’s tools of compass and straightedge. This will lead to a deeper understanding and appreciation of the Golden Ratio and the presence of Fibonacci and Phi principles in the world around us.
Price: £65 To include a light organic lunch and refreshments
Meeting point: The Tearoom, Waltham Place, Church Hill.

Apple Walk – Saturday 5th October 10.30pm-1pm
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.

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