This event is for you if you’re interested to learn more about managing grassland, how to spot interesting grassland species, are interested to learn more sustainable land management or would like to use your creativity to produce a collaborative nature-based work of art.
Learn how to spot grassland plants with local ecologist Jon Hudson
Take a tour of the trust’s 24 acre farm with Michelle
Watch Phillip scything part of the grassland by hand
Work with local artist and Oriel Gallery’s education coordinator Emma, to create a beautiful clay grass-imprint tile. All artworks created will be exhibited in Y Stwidio at the Growing Better Connections’ end of year art exhibition
Growing Better Connections will also be providing a light lunch and refreshments catered for by Veganish Mum.
We will be meeting at the Dyfed Permaculture Trust site at Penboyr, Drefach Felindre, Llandysul, SA44 5JF. The entrance to the track is opposite the red phone box in the centre of Penboyr village, grid reference SN356 367, ‘What three words’:- judges.strikers.succeed.
Parking is limited at the trust, so please lift share, use public transport, or your legs! where possible. Please be aware that there are no passing places on the track to trust and follow the parking signs as you enter the trackway.
What to Bring
Drinking water (GBC will be providing hot water & biscuits during the refreshment break),
Your own mug and water bottle,
Stout walking boots or wellies,
Waterproof jacket and trousers,
A sun hat and sun cream,
Notebook and pen,
Health & Safety
The event will be outside, please ensure that you are equipped for the changeable weather,
Please be mindful of keeping a safe distance from other attendees,
If you have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19, are feeling unwell or have COVID-19, please stay safe at home,
Using some brash that is currently spilling over a path he will work with a group to tidy up the drainage ditch that was created on an earlier workday.
Not only will the brash give the drainage ditch an aesthetically pleasing finish and create a wildlife habitat, it will clear and widen the access around the barn
Matt and a pair of helping hands or two will be aiming to Produce no Waste by reusing a selection of left over floor tiles to make a durable, washable floor for the Trust’s funky bucket shower (pictured left).
Workdays are a great opportunity to meet, socialise, share experiences and enjoy a delicious bring and share lunch!
If you plan to come, please get in touch to book your place.
The day is free to attend. Please bring a contribution for a bring and share lunch, work gloves, work boots and/or wellies and any clothing that the weather might need!
We had another great Roundhouse workday on Saturday 8th January! As the building gets more established the tasks get a bit fiddlier, so we were working in teams yesterday.
Team one were tasked with filling the 13 sided hole in the middle of the floor.
It was a rather irregular tridecagon, so they made a template using an old bit of polytunnel plastic before transferring to the board and cutting out. It only need a bit of final fettling to get a good fit.
Next step to create something exciting on top…a mosaic perhaps?
Team two were on gardening.
After harvesting bamboo canes for use by team three they worked on clearing the beds around the roundhouse ready for a good muck and mulch around the existing planting.
Team three were making Roman blinds as a temporary fill for the three open panels, when we want to make it more cosy inside.
Armed with a set of curtains found in charity shop, an old sheet, bamboo canes, small rings, string, a couple of sewing machines and googled instructions we set to work.
It was real guerrilla sewing – I don’t think I’ve ever used a sewing machine in a barn dressed in muddy boots, coat and a woolly hat before!
The results of all three team’s work looks really great. I’m looking forward to the next stage!
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People are becoming increasingly aware of the issues around honeybees and their ecological importance. We all know they pollinate our fruits and vegetables but do we know the impact our beekeeping practices are having on the health of the honeybee?
With experienced ecological beekeeper, Sean Hearn, 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Camping is also possible at the Dyfed Permaculture Farm Trust whilst you are on the course. Please contact Michelle on 07813464990 or email@example.com for more info.
To book a place on the course and with any questions please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Feedback from 2021 Course
“Loved it! I’m inspired to support bees.”
” I particularly liked the mix of philosophical, theoretical and practical and the adaptation to students’ interests/ questions. There were knowledgeable, but not prescriptive answers. The course was a jump-off point for so much more; the start of a network/ working group of like-minded people working with/ for bees. Even if we don’t get bees to look after, it is is the start of new, informed action.”
“I particularly liked Sean’s patience in being interrupted and answering questions all the way through, which made it very interactive. Sean was very responsive to people’s personal angles of interest.”
“Thank you – this felt like a form of initiation! You are a very generous teacher.”
” I particularly liked the orientation to observation, to giving the bee agency – to teach us how to be with them…also the warre methodology feels like a practice I can orient to.”
Our next volunteer workday will be Saturday 9th October, from 10am – about 4pm We will be working on getting the Trust’s infrastructure ready for winter.
Remember our fancy new accessible composting toilet? It’s getting good reviews from visitors and now we need to ensure that the access to it doesn’t flood if (when??) we get a lot of rain this winter.
In brief, jobs will include:
extending the ditch by the hedge
meeting and talking to other Trust members and volunteers
enjoying a delicious bring and share lunch!
There may also be some tasks to do on the roundhouse, depending on numbers.
Places are limited and must be booked in advance. The day is free to attend.
Please bring a contribution for a bring and share lunch, work gloves, work boots and/or wellies, loppers / secateurs / spades / digging tools if you have any and any clothing that the weather might need!