Roundhouse Volunteer Day

Saturday 12th June, 10am – 5pm (ish)

Join us for a volunteer day, working on our beautiful Roundhouse. Previous days have been great fun 🙂

Led by experienced Roundhouse builder Richard Sylvan.

Tasks for the day include:

  • Cob / cordwood – mixing cob and filling in any gaps remaining in the walls with Cob, Cordwood and “Bottle Bricks”
  • Woodwork – Fitting the reclaimed wooden floor
  • Woodburner – Fitting the funky woodburner
  • Gardening – If we have time, general tidying up of the perennial / edible plantings surrounding the Roundhouse and Barn.

The day is free to attend, and you are welcome to book for one or both days.

Due to Covid restrictions, places on the weekend are limited and must be booked in advance.

Please bring a contribution for a bring and share lunch. Camping is available on site if required.

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Solstice Moth Weekend 18th-19th June

Our annual celebration of all things Moth returns!

NOTE DATE HAS CHANGED DUE TO POOR WEATHER FORECAST FOR SATURDAY NIGHT. Sorry for the short notice, hope you can still come🤞

After a year off due to you-know-what, we’ll be setting up the moth trap on the night of 18th June and seeing what wonders we have found on the morning of 19th June.

All lovingly surrounded by friends, campfires, lovely food, chat, games, wildflower labyrinths and all that lovely stuff we missed last year.

Due to Covid, there will be some changes from previous years.

  • We will be limiting numbers to 30 and you MUST pre-book if you want to come.
  • We will not be sharing food. You can either bring your own food or order a delicious takeaway for collection from @veganishmum

The event will be held outdoors around the Trust barn and Roundhouse. (If the forecast is very poor we will postpone.) If you want to stay overnight, camping is available on site at no extra cost.

Cost
£10 (1 adult or 1 adult with 1 child)
£20 (2 adults or family of 1 or 2 adults plus children)
PLEASE BOOK IN ADVANCE

Outline Timetable

Friday 18th June

  • 5pm – Arrivals, campers set up
  • 6.30pm – Eat your own food
  • Evening – Campfires, games or craft, walk the wildflower labyrinth
  • At Dark – Set up the moth trap, probably in Mari Jones
  • Bed!

Saturday 19th June

  • 9am – Look in the moth trap! Identify, record and release the moths with the help of Sally Hall
  • Departures by lunchtime.

To book please contact Michelle – michelle_laine@yahoo.co.uk / 07813 464990

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Sustainable Beekeeping Training

Sustainable Beekeeping Training

May 21st, 22nd, 23rd 10 am to 5pm

We are really excited to be hosting a 3 day Sustainable Beekeeping training run by experienced natural beekeeper, Sean Hearn

During the course we will look at beekeeping practice from a holistic perspective and seek to explore what a practice would look like if bee health and bee-centred design were at its core, rather than honey production

The course starts by seeking to understand the honeybee as deeply as possible. This includes basic biology, swarming behaviour and honeybees in the wild. We view this knowledge as an essential starting point on the journey to more sustainable ways of working with bees.

We will also seek to place honeybees in the context of the wider ecology and spend time understanding other types of bee including bumblebees and solitary bees

Then grounded in our understanding of bees we will then look into the craft of sustainably working with bees. This will include sustainable hive design, Warre management throughout the season, swarming, honeybee health and the sustainable harvest of honey, wax and propolis.

We will also spend time observing the beehives at Dyfed Permaculture Farm Trust during the course.

This course is for anyone from beginners to experienced beekeepers who are interested in learning about more sustainable methods of beekeeping. There are 12 places available.

We are asking for £225 for the 3 day course and £180 concession rate and we are more than happy to talk about payment plans to make accessing this course as fair as possible.

To book a place on the course and with any questions please contact naomi.glass@gmail.com.

We will be providing teas and coffees but ask that you bring along your own food for the day and a bee suit if you have one!

Beautiful accommodation is available at nearby Larkhill Tipis and Yurts for the course if required. Please contact larkhillcamping@gmail.com.

Camping may be possible at the Dyfed Permaculture Farm Trust whilst you are on the course. Please contact Michelle on 07813464990 or michelle_laine@yahoo.co.uk for more info.

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Sign Writing Workshop

Saturday 15th May and Saturday 29th May

Over two Saturday workshops, Fay Burnett will be creating some beautiful new signage for the Trust whilst teaching participants the art of Sign Writing.

Participants will:

  • Learn about and practice the art of signwriting
  • Make a valuable contribution to the fabric of Dyfed Permaculture Farm Trust
  • Enjoy a two course lunch provided by the fabulous (and very local) Veganishmum
  • Enjoy the company of 4-5 other budding signwriters!

An outline of the course is below. At £20 for both days, including lunch, the workshop is great value!

Places are limited, please get in touch to book

To give you an idea of what might be achieved, I have added some photos of the work Fay has done for our neighbouring project, Eva’s Garden, at the end of this post.

Course Outline
The courses runs over two days, 9am-5pm each day.
Participants will be invited back to a future volunteer workday to help install the signs, if they wish.

Day 1 (Saturday 15th May)
Introduction to sign writing, preparing the wood, design your sign and get stencils ready

Day 2 (Saturday 29th May)
The basic signs prepared on day one will now be dry, ready to paint on the final designs.

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Roundhouse Volunteer Weekend

Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th May 

Our beautiful Roundhouse started takeing shape in 2019. Progress was slowed, but not halted, by the events of 2020

Led be experienced Roundhouse builder Richard Sylvan, we’re ready for the next push!

Tasks for the weekend include:

  • Cob / cordwood – mixing cob and filling in wall panels with Cob, Cordwood and “Bottle Bricks” (see image above for how the walls look so far).
  • Woodwork – Fitting wooden framing for windows and cupboards, made with locally sourced larch. Installing windows and cupboards

The weekend is free to attend, and you are welcome to book for one or both days.

Due to Covid restrictions, places on the weekend are limited and must be booked in advance.

Please bring a contribution for a bring and share lunch. Camping is available on site if required.

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November Volunteer Workday

Our next volunteer workday will be Saturday 14th November, from 10am – about 4pm.

We will be continuing work on the Roundhouse: finishing walls with cob, cordwood and bottle bricks that were not completed last time, fitting sills and windows and perhaps looking at fitting the woodburner and the wooden floor too.

Light shining in through some of the bottles built into the walls on the last workday.

If you want to come along and help, please get in touch 🙂

We need to know numbers in advance to ensure we have enough space to work safely distanced. We are not currently having a bring and share lunch, so please bring your own picnic lunch and your own mug for tea.

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October Volunteer Workday – cordwood and cob!

Our next volunteer workday will be Saturday 17th October, from 10am – about 4pm.

We will be creating the next layer of walling for the roundhouse, using cordwood, cob and bottle bricks.

  • Roundhouse drystone stem walls
  • Roundhouse skylight

Above – pictures from our September workday, when we built the drystone stem walls

The aim is to take the walls to about waist height (though we may not get that far in one workday!). This will leave the structure open and airy, as suited to pandemic times, but provide enough shelter to be able to install the wooden floor.

Cordwood walls are created by stacking logs, much as you would in a logpile. You can get an idea of what it will look like in the pictures above, as some of the cordwood we will be using is already stacked in the background.

The logs will be held together with layers of cob, which we will be mixing on the day (bring gloves and wear wellies!). The cob also helps exclude draughts. We will also be adding “bottle bricks” to make funky patterns and let in light (here are some beautiful examples).

If you want to come along and help, please get in touch 🙂

We need to know numbers in advance to ensure we have enough space to work safely distanced. We are not currently having a bring and share lunch, so please bring your own picnic lunch and your own mug for tea.

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A Cosy Caravan Cwtch*

One successful set of Skills Share volunteer days completed and our tiny visitor caravan looks very snug under it’s new roof.

We had some lovely feedback from a volunteer, which sums up the event perfectly (see below). Watch this space for news of future Skill Shares!

* cwtch‘ (pronounced ‘kutch’, to rhyme with ‘butch’) is the Welsh for a cuddle or hug but can also refer to a cubbyhole or cupboard; a small space in which to store things safely; or a cosy corner in a pub!

What can I say???…..It was extremely enjoyable, I learnt several new skills (e.g. working with roofing tin, and rafter jointing) and used some new tools (e.g. the impact driver!). I now have the confidence to build larger structures and can offer to help with a wider range of building projects. 
Matt, you are fabulous!! I have really enjoyed working with you and am already looking forward to your next ‘Skills Share’ session.

A Satisfied Volunteer

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Eve’s Garden

A well known tenet of permaculture is ‘earth care/ people care/ fair share’

This means that  a) we need to look after our beloved planet and all its diversity, species and soil – b) look after our human inner and outer world needs, families, friends and relationships  c) make sure the exchange between the earth and her species and humans is a fair exchange (rather than the destructive, polluting and consumerist one that has got us to a global crisis)

Towards that purpose- I am delighted to announce Eve’s Garden is now a ‘people care/fair share’ resource created alongside the Trust.  Here you may take a guided mythological journey through  wounded places – with sensory experiences involving a snake, an apple, a trip to the Underworld, ancestral altar, firepit , a baptism pool and other mysteries…  

Fair share is achieved as Adam has tended the builders rubble soil so it is now well composted and fertile for the Golden roses of paradise to grow and blossom- alongside his polytunnel which is tenderly cared for.

Please see www.evesgardenonline.com for the story, more information, photos and how to make contact if you would like to visit. 

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Learn Carpentry Volunteer Opportunity at Dyfed Permaculture Farm Trust

Matt Douglas will be building a roof over our tiny visitor caravan, using a timber frame structure roofed with tin sheets similar to the one in the photo above.

He has space for a couple of people to work with him, either for the joy of joining in or to learn more about carpentry, or both!

The dates he is working are below, you are welcome to join him for some or all of the days. Please get in touch if you are interested.

Sunday 6th September and Monday 7th September, 
Wednesday 9th September and Thursday 10th September.

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