Free Scything Course!

Free Scything Course! Learn how to scythe and help maintain the historic St Laurence Orchard, where Trust Links and SEEOG hold the Apple Day in the Autumn.

Date: Monday 6th July
Time: 10 am – 3 pm (come for as long as you can manage)
Location: St Laurence Orchard, Eastwoodbury Lane
Refreshments: Free tea and coffee; please bring your own lunch
Equipment: Scythes and other equipment provided; please bring gardening gloves and boots (preferably steel toe-capped) if you have them
Tutors: Claire White will be your tutor ably assisted by Ron, Annette and Vicky

For more information, please call 01702 213134.

This is part of their monthly Working Parties at St Laurence Orchard to help maintain the orchard for the benefit of people, wildlife and the environment and is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

SEEOG at Writtle College Food and Farming Day 2015

Thursday 4 June was the eighth Essex Schools Food and Farming Day when 3000 primary school pupils aged 8 to 11, from all over Essex, left their classrooms to experience the great outdoors at Writtle College and see for themselves how their food is produced.

The exhibition area was divided into five zones: Crops, Machinery, Countryside & Environment, Livestock, Food.

We were in the Crop Zone showing examples of seasonal vegetables, alongside ‘hands on’ compost and soil displays!

Design 4 ACTION – a different kind of permaculture course‏

Announcing Design 4 A.C.T.I.O.N. (Active Community Transformation In Our Neighbourhoods) – A different kind of permaculture course – positive design for your life, your community and your world by empowering the genius inside all of us!

The focus of D4A is enabling individuals, organisations and communities to come together to create empowering solutions addressing the real world challenges we are all facing in these times of change. Adapted from the Permaculture Association (Britain)’s PDC core curriculum, this is a person-centred, fun, lively and inclusive course, exploring and utilising concepts such as Systems Thinking, Holistic Design, Community Empowerment, ‘Whole Person’ Health, Skill Sharing, Critical Thinking, Appreciative Inquiry, Right Livelihoods and much more.

The D4A course is participatory and dynamic, using diverse visual, audio and kinethetic learning methods such as group work, games, problem solving, discussion, observation, field trips, practical activities, lectures and slideshows during course sessions. Students are encouraged to further their learning through home study during the breaks between modules, which can include further research, personal reflection, and application of what’s being learned in practice. [Read more…]