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Mon 26 Mar 2018
7:30 pm
The Oakwood Centre, Woodley
Wed 28 Mar 2018
9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Jams, Pickles and Preserves
The Ormandy Centre, Church Hill, White Waltham SL6 3JH

Explore the traditional skill of jam making with Waltham Place Chef, Adrian. Whether berries collected from the hedgerow or a glut of fruit from your garden, Adrian will teach you how to make a range of jams, jellies and fruit cordials as well as how to make savoury pickles. Great to give as gifts or supplement your pantry throughout the year.

Price: £45 to include a light organic lunch and refreshments.
Booking essential as places are limited. estateoffice@walthamplace.com / 01628 825517

Thu 29 Mar 2018
7:45 pm
Talk: Heritage Vegetables
Village Hall, Victoria Road, RG31 5AB

Lou Nicholls trained at Garden Organic and has a deep passion for working in tune with nature. She ran the vegetable garden at Sissinghurst Castle, then progressed to Assistant Head Gardener at Hole Park. Currently working as Head Gardener on private gardens, Lou will advise on why Heritage Vegetables are important, types and varieties, and seed saving.

Sat 7 Apr 2018
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Seed to Plate - Planning a healthy and productive garden
Walled Garden Packing Shed, Hardwick Road, Whitchurch-on-Thames RG8 7RB

Develop or improve your own crop plan and rotation and create a diverse garden to prevent pests & diseases

This workshop is aimed at beginner or more experienced gardeners who wish to develop their skills in organic, sustainable gardening techniques and want to learn more about crop rotations to grow their crops from seed.

What will you learn? This workshop will take you through the basics of soil management and crop rotations for small areas, deal with your queries and build your confidence to grow your own food. It will involve both a theoretical and a practical session and introduce participants to key essentials, including:

  • develop your own cropping plan
  • develop your own rotation plan
  • develop a list of continual planting throughout the year
Sat 7 Apr 2018
10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Spring Herbal Medicine and Foraging
Braziers Park, Ipsden OX10 6AN
Organised by: Braziers Park

The first of our seasonal herbal  days with expert medical herbalist Rasheeqa Ahmad of Hedge Herbs. Foraging in the beautiful and bountiful meadows and woodlands of Braziers Park. Learn how to identify beneficial plants at the beginning of the year, discover how to connect with instinctive plant wisdom and practice different methods of preparation to make your own healing, herbal remedies for yourself and as special gifts.

Book all three seasonal dates to complete your knowledge across the whole plant year.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Additional meals and accommodation available at Braziers’ 3-tier rate. Cost £75 each day, £200 all 3 days booked together.

Sat 7 Apr 2018
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
RISC Roof Garden Summer Event
Entrance at rear of RISC, 35-39 London Street, Reading RG1 4PS

Award-winning sustainable garden: 185 species, low maintenance, multi- use perennial planting, edible forest, water harvesting, hard landscaping with renewable/recycled/ reused materials.


Fri 13 Apr 2018
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Thrive Trunkwell Open Afternoon
Thrive Trunkwell Gardens, Beech Hill, Reading, RG7 2AT
Organised by: Thrive

You can be sure of a warm welcome from client gardeners, staff and volunteers and rest assured we will be serving tea and delicious home-made cakes!

Sat 14 Apr 2018
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Get Growing: Maintenance
Whitley GrowAllot Community Allotment, Off Meavy Gardens, Whitley RG2 7RD
Organised by: food4families

This year Food4families will be running 6 separate 'Get Growing' modules, on the second Saturday of the month from 10 am - 12 noon, including a light refreshment break.

The sessions cost £15 each or sign up for 4 for £50.

This session covers soil care, weeding, watering and mulching.

Sat 21 Apr 2018
7:15 pm
SGA Spring Supper and Social
Grange United Reform Church Hall, Circuit Lane, Southcote RG30 3HD

We will be providing baked potato with a choice of fillings and salad garnish, fruit juice or water, plus a dessert and tea or coffee. There will also be a light-hearted team quiz, but the evening is mainly intended for members to meet and socialise in the early part of the gardening year.

The cost will be £7.50 per person to cover the venue and food. Please book no later than Friday 13th April.

Wed 25 Apr 2018
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Organic vegetable growing for beginners
Waltham Place, Church Hill, White Waltham SL6 3JH

Are you growing vegetables yourself or are you thinking of starting to grow some yourself? Would you like to learn a bit more about Organic growing methods?

Come and join Ute and Jess in this simple, straightforward and practical workshop to learn all about starting your own patch or improve your existing skills. During the workshop we will be looking at the different aspects of growing vegetables. We start with the basics like: raising your seedlings, propagation, improving your soil, choosing your crops, crop rotation, uses of compost and green manure, how to deal with pests and diseases.

This workshop is suitable for anyone interested in growing vegetables using organic methods.

Price: £25 to include a light organic lunch and refreshments.
Booking essential as places are limited. estateoffice@walthamplace.com / 01628 825517

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