This event offers a unique insight into a beautiful 6.5 acres of woodland and garden, a blend of the wild and the tame, managed by Sue and Ian Mabberley. Over 40 years of organic gardening here with trees and amongst trees and now over the past 4 years, managing the adjoining 3.5 acres of conifer woodland, opening up the canopy, allowing natural regeneration to occur and light to be cast upon their hazel/willow coppice and garden. The forest provides firewood, construction timber (for example for the natural swimming pond), coppice products, woodchip for compost making and paths and biodiversity and public access (on days when the garden is open to the public). The site also features vegetable plots pocketed with wildflowers, a natural swimming pool, hydroelectric turbine, wood yard and wildflower meadow and riverside walk.
Morning: forest tour (machinery includes circular saw, splitter, chipper, all Fergie-powered).
Afternoon: optional garden tour (includes Heritage veg, compost trials and organic pest control).
Tea and cake will be provided. Please bring your own lunch.