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Oct
17
Wed
2018
The North Wessex Downs AONB Annual Forum @ Rushall Farm, Bradfield
Oct 17 @ 8:45 am – 4:00 pm

Farming Tomorrow – Prospects for Farming in the AONB

Starts at 8.45am for registration and coffee; programme commences at 9.30am.

Farming Tomorrow – Prospects for farming in the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

• How will Brexit affect agriculture in the North Wessex Downs?
• What will that mean for the landscape and wildlife?
• What is the future of land management support payments in the long term?
• What does “public money for public goods” really mean?

Featuring a line-up of expert and influential speakers on farming and conservation, including:

Caroline Drummond, Director of LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming) on the big questions facing sustainable food and farming as we leave the EU, including how to engage the support of the taxpaying public.

Merrick Denton-Thompson. immediate past President of the Landscape Institute on What the Future Holds for Landscapes, Food and Farming, including the Government’s 25 Year Environment Plan and the Review of AONBs and National Parks.

Phil Jarvis, Head of Farming, the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) on “Fields for the Future: a winning blueprint for farming, wildlife and the environment – 25 years’ experience of the Allerton Project”.

Chris Musgrave, former Marlborough Downs farmer and CLA member of the AONB Partnership on “The Way Ahead: a glimpse into the future of farming”.

Peter Lemon, North Wessex Downs farmer and farming and rural business member of the AONB Partnership on “The Southern Streams Farmers’ Group: Common Purpose for a Healthy Environment”

Plus a choice of fascinating afternoon tours/site visits including:

Rushall Manor Farm tour – join us for a trailer ride around the farm to learn about organic farming methods, conservation efforts and the John Simonds Trust’s education and training work with diverse a range of young people.

Woodland Management – hear from Richard Edwards, Forestry Manager for the Englefield Estate, about balancing woodland management for financial return with a commitment to conservation.

History, Heritage and Education – learn about how the farm and its landscape have changed through time in response to changing demands on a guided walk led by a local historian, Lady Sian Crisp,  round parts of Rushall Manor Farm.

Managing the Land for Clean Water – join local farm advisor, Karen Davies, to see and hear how Catchment Sensitive Farming works in practice.

The programme also includes a Q&A session and plenty of opportunities to meet new people or catch up with your farming and conservation contacts from across the AONB 

Oct
20
Sat
2018
Nature Explorers Club @ The Nature Discovery Centre
Oct 20 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join us on the third Saturday of every month for a hands on wildlife club for 5-8 year olds. Each month follows a different theme with hands on wildlife activities, craft, stories and child-led play. Book for one session or a series of six.

What to bring?
The clubs are designed to allow child-led outdoor play. Come prepared to get muddy and be outside whatever the weather. We will also be cooking snacks on a fire. We recommend long trousers and closed toed shoes whatever the weather as you will be kneeling down and walking through long grass.

We want all children to be able to enjoy the club. If your child has any additional needs you would like to discuss please contact us. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Oct
21
Sun
2018
apple pressing @ The Mix, Wantage
Oct 21 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
apple pressing @ The Mix, Wantage | United Kingdom

 


Bring along your surplus apples and windfalls and turn them into juice. £1 a bottle. We will also have a pasteuriser available so your juice keeps for longer.

Pop in with a bag or 2, or if you have lots of apples, please book a slot: contact Jo on 07768 767787/ joharvey100@gmail.com


Oct
24
Wed
2018
Happy Hedgehog Half Term @ The Nature Discovery Centre
Oct 24 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Hedgehog house

Hedgehogs, the heroes of our gardens need our help! Come to this Hog House Workshop during October half term and learn all about how you can help hedgehogs this autumn.

Find out how you can provide a wildlife corridor between you and your neighbours’ gardens. Discover the best food to leave out for your spiny visitors and how to create the most hospitable environment for them.

Then construct your very own hedgehog house. These very desirable residences have been made up in kit form for easy construction; however there will be lots of help available in the building process on the day.

There are three sessions, at 11.00-12.00. 13.00-14.00 and 15.00-16.00 – the ‘tickets’ link takes you to a page showing all three for you to choose the correct time.

Oct
25
Thu
2018
Befriend a Hedgehog @ The Nature Discovery Centre
Oct 25 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Meet Allan Dixon and his rescue hedgehogs.

Befriend A Hedgehog is a charity that rescues hedgehogs and raises money to help hedgehog hospitals and carers in the community. Befriend a Hedgehog are heavily involved in hedgehog rehabilitation, releasing hedgehogs back into the wild and spreading the word about how to best protect this endangered species.

Learn what to do if you see a hedgehog during daylight hours, what you can do to encourage hedgehogs into your garden. Find out what happens in a hedgehog hospital and discovery what to feed and how to protect any hedgehogs that may visit you garden.

Allan will bring a rescue hedgehog for you to meet.

There are three sessions, at 11.00-12.00. 13.00-14.00 and 15.00-16.00 – the ‘tickets’ link takes you to a page showing all three for you to choose the correct time.

Oct
27
Sat
2018
Autumn Wildlife Photography Course @ The Nature Discovery Centre
Oct 27 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Photograph the Autumn wildlife with practical guidance and tuition from wildlife photographer Iain Green. Discover and learn about seasonal specialities of the reserve and how to photograph them.

A practical course, the day will begin with an introductory session inside, before heading out to explore. Suitable for both beginner and intermediate photographers, the tuition is tailored to suit. Due to the small numbers on the course there will be plenty of time for individual tuition.

During the day we will learn how to photograph autumnal bird highlights, hunting herons, passing migrant and stunning scenery. You will learn how to create some creative photographs. We will explore colour, texture and the form of the natural landscape in Autumn. This course is suitable for anyone who would like to improve their photography skills or those who are new to photography and are mystified by the settings and buttons on the camera! The course is aimed primarily at adults but older children accompanied by an adult would be welcome.

Please come dressed for the weather, the terrain around the Centre and nature reserve is fairly level but can be uneven and muddy, so please wear sturdy footwear. Please bring you camera and instructions if you have them. The course fee includes refreshments throughout the day, lunch and afternoon tea.

Bushcraft Skills @ The Nature Discovery Centre
Oct 27 @ 10:30 am – 2:30 pm

Come and join us for an introduction to bushcraft skills, including foraging, fire lighting and basic green woodworking. All tools provided, booking essential.

The course is suitable for adults and children aged 12 years + (children must be accompanied by a parent/guardian). No experience or knowledge of foraging is needed. Please dress for the weather and come prepared to be outside for the whole session.

Oct
28
Sun
2018
Edible Thatcham Monthly Gardening Sessions @ Thatcham Town Council Offices
Oct 28 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Edible Thatcham is looking for volunteers to join our monthly garden sessions (last Sunday of the month) and to grow edibles in a site near you in Thatcham. We currently have an edible garden outside the Town Council office on Brownfields Road and will be creating at least three more sites over the summer.

Tools and gloves are provided but bring your own if you’d prefer.

If you’d like to learn new skills, meet new people and help make Thatcham more clolourful, join us!

Everyone welcome, no experience required.

Edible Thatcham also runs occasional courses on specific topics – email ediblethatcham@gmail.com or visit https://www.facebook.com/EdibleThatcham/ for more information.

Nov
6
Tue
2018
A Mindful Walk in Nature
Nov 6 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

A mindful walk in an area of natural beauty.

The Walk: Mindfulness is about being fully aware of our experience in the present moment. Practising mindfulness has been found to increase wellbeing and improve aspects of mental health. Most of us are mindful at times without necessarily realising it, and walking in nature often provides an opportunity to open up to our experience in the present moment and appreciate the world we live in. The walk will be in silence with guided short practices focusing on the body, the breath and our natural surroundings.

The leader: Suzi is a retired educational psychologist and qualified yoga teacher. She has worked in local authorities and in private practice. She has practised meditation for over 30 years and has extensive experience of teaching mindfulness with groups.

BOOKING ESSENTIAL

Nov
17
Sat
2018
Nature Explorers Club @ The Nature Discovery Centre
Nov 17 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join us on the third Saturday of every month for a hands on wildlife club for 5-8 year olds. Each month follows a different theme with hands on wildlife activities, craft, stories and child-led play. Book for one session or a series of six.

What to bring?
The clubs are designed to allow child-led outdoor play. Come prepared to get muddy and be outside whatever the weather. We will also be cooking snacks on a fire. We recommend long trousers and closed toed shoes whatever the weather as you will be kneeling down and walking through long grass.

We want all children to be able to enjoy the club. If your child has any additional needs you would like to discuss please contact us. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Nov
25
Sun
2018
Edible Thatcham Monthly Gardening Sessions @ Thatcham Town Council Offices
Nov 25 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Edible Thatcham is looking for volunteers to join our monthly garden sessions (last Sunday of the month) and to grow edibles in a site near you in Thatcham. We currently have an edible garden outside the Town Council office on Brownfields Road and will be creating at least three more sites over the summer.

Tools and gloves are provided but bring your own if you’d prefer.

If you’d like to learn new skills, meet new people and help make Thatcham more clolourful, join us!

Everyone welcome, no experience required.

Edible Thatcham also runs occasional courses on specific topics – email ediblethatcham@gmail.com or visit https://www.facebook.com/EdibleThatcham/ for more information.

Dec
9
Sun
2018
Christmas Tree Sale
Dec 9 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Get your Christmas tree from us and give wildlife some seasonal help too.

Our trees are Scots pines, felled as part of wildlife site management. They make excellent Christmas trees and they are less prone to drop their needles than commercial trees. Trees will be of a variety of sizes and prices will start from £10.

Other seasonal favourites will also be available such as mistletoe, holly, Christmas willow ornamental bunches, wreaths and cards, together with a range of Christmas presents in our shop (open daily) and if you are feeling festive, come and design your own wreath.

Dec
15
Sat
2018
Nature Explorers Club @ The Nature Discovery Centre
Dec 15 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join us on the third Saturday of every month for a hands on wildlife club for 5-8 year olds. Each month follows a different theme with hands on wildlife activities, craft, stories and child-led play. Book for one session or a series of six.

What to bring?
The clubs are designed to allow child-led outdoor play. Come prepared to get muddy and be outside whatever the weather. We will also be cooking snacks on a fire. We recommend long trousers and closed toed shoes whatever the weather as you will be kneeling down and walking through long grass.

We want all children to be able to enjoy the club. If your child has any additional needs you would like to discuss please contact us. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Dec
30
Sun
2018
Edible Thatcham Monthly Gardening Sessions @ Thatcham Town Council Offices
Dec 30 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Edible Thatcham is looking for volunteers to join our monthly garden sessions (last Sunday of the month) and to grow edibles in a site near you in Thatcham. We currently have an edible garden outside the Town Council office on Brownfields Road and will be creating at least three more sites over the summer.

Tools and gloves are provided but bring your own if you’d prefer.

If you’d like to learn new skills, meet new people and help make Thatcham more clolourful, join us!

Everyone welcome, no experience required.

Edible Thatcham also runs occasional courses on specific topics – email ediblethatcham@gmail.com or visit https://www.facebook.com/EdibleThatcham/ for more information.

Jan
27
Sun
2019
Edible Thatcham Monthly Gardening Sessions @ Thatcham Town Council Offices
Jan 27 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Edible Thatcham is looking for volunteers to join our monthly garden sessions (last Sunday of the month) and to grow edibles in a site near you in Thatcham. We currently have an edible garden outside the Town Council office on Brownfields Road and will be creating at least three more sites over the summer.

Tools and gloves are provided but bring your own if you’d prefer.

If you’d like to learn new skills, meet new people and help make Thatcham more clolourful, join us!

Everyone welcome, no experience required.

Edible Thatcham also runs occasional courses on specific topics – email ediblethatcham@gmail.com or visit https://www.facebook.com/EdibleThatcham/ for more information.

Feb
24
Sun
2019
Edible Thatcham Monthly Gardening Sessions @ Thatcham Town Council Offices
Feb 24 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Edible Thatcham is looking for volunteers to join our monthly garden sessions (last Sunday of the month) and to grow edibles in a site near you in Thatcham. We currently have an edible garden outside the Town Council office on Brownfields Road and will be creating at least three more sites over the summer.

Tools and gloves are provided but bring your own if you’d prefer.

If you’d like to learn new skills, meet new people and help make Thatcham more clolourful, join us!

Everyone welcome, no experience required.

Edible Thatcham also runs occasional courses on specific topics – email ediblethatcham@gmail.com or visit https://www.facebook.com/EdibleThatcham/ for more information.