NEW! Biodynamic Gardening Couse Jan - July 2019 plus Hedgelaying, Log Bee Hive and more at Waltham Place, Berks | Biodynamic Association

NEW! Biodynamic Gardening Couse Jan – July 2019 plus Hedgelaying, Log Bee Hive and more at Waltham Place, Berks

10 things worth knowing about biodynamic farming
24th October 2018
Nature Spirits & Humans – The reality and the responsibility – 10-12 May 2019, Eastwood Hall Hotel, Nottingham
26th November 2018

Great news!  To meet all the interest in the Organic and Biodynamic Growing Course at Waltham, they have just released the following dates for this course which will start in Jan 2019 and run  on the following Fridays until July  –  Interested?  Don’t delay – secure your place for one or all of the sessions now! 
Contact Waltham or Tel 01628 825517 to book

All sessions will run from 10am to 5pm, and will include tea and coffee.   Modules are priced at £20 each or £100 for all six.

Module Date Subject
1 11th January Planning and organic / biodynamic vegetable garden
2 1st March Sowing seeds and plant propagation
3 5th April Cultivation and fertilisation
4 17th May Health and vitality, and natural prevention of pests and diseases
5 28th June Appreciation and guidance
6 5th July Harvesting and storage (including seed saving)

More great courses at Waltham

Christmas Shop Friday 21st December 2018 3-6pm
Join us at our Christmas Shop for grass fed organic beef and lamb, fresh seasonal vegetables, apple juice, preserves and pickles. Wool, copper tools and books will also be on sale. Enjoy a glass of mulled and a mince pie as we toast the festive season. Chat to old friends, enjoy the Carol Singing or enjoy the storytelling and make something in our Children’s Corner.
Meeting point: The Tearoom, Waltham Place.

Hedge laying at Waltham Place Saturday 26th January 2019 9.30am-4pm
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.
Price: £75 To include lunch and refreshments. £50 Student Rate
Meeting point: The Ormandy Centre, Waltham Place.

Log Hive Course Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st March 2019
Support wild honey bee populations by building a log hive under the guidance of natural beekeeping expert Matt Somerville. Designed to stand alone, on stilts, or sited high up in the tree tops, log hives offer wild honey bees a non-intrusive home. Supporting our bees as pollinators, rather than honey producers, log hives are designed to offer good insulation in Winter or Summer, mimicking the environment bees choose in the wild. With minimal intervention the bees are subject to natural selection which weeds out the weak, thus creating strong, healthy colonies capable of coping with pests and diseases. This is a low intensity way to keep bees offering minimal stress for both the bees and the beekeeper. The course includes dinner and a talk on natural beekeeping on Saturday evening.
Price: £170 – Make a log hive to take away OR £50 – Learn to make a hive, which will be sited in a tree on the estate.

The Waltham Kitchen
Sometimes the simplest of foods are the most rewarding. Join our chef Adrian for a one day course to learn how to make your own delicious breads, or how to make scrumptious preserves, pickles and cordials.

Breadmaking Wednesday 13th February 2019 OR Wednesday 6th March 2019 9.30am-4pm
Waltham Place Chef, Adrian, explains the basics of bread making and will teach you how to make a variety of breads including ciabatta, sour dough rye and seeded. We will also cover enriched doughs such as brioche, croissant and hot cross buns. There really is nothing like home made bread for taste or quality.
Price:£55 To include a light organic lunch and refreshments
Meeting point: The Ormandy Centre, Waltham Place.

The Art of Preserving Wednesday 27th March 2019 9.30am-4pm
Explore the traditional skill of preserving with Waltham Place Chef, Adrian. Whether berries collected from the hedgerow or a glut of fruit or vegetables from your garden, Adrian will teach you how to make a range of jams,chutneys and fruit cordials.Perfect to give as gifts or to stock your own pantry.
Price:£55 To include a light organic lunch and refreshments
Meeting point: The Ormandy Centre, Waltham Place.

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