Winter News from Forest Farm Peace Garden

Hello all-

I hope you are enjoying the bright and wintry weather, and keeping warm! Despite the brisk and windy days, there’s still lots to do in the community garden and our volunteers are still busy harvesting vegetables and maintaining the garden for the winter. We will continue to be open for volunteers on Wednesdays and Fridays from 11am to 4pm through Wednesday 21st December.

Join us for a hot lunchtime Winter Solstice meal around the fire at 1pm, Wednesday 21st December, before we say goodbye to the garden for a few weeks until we open again on Friday the 6th January. There will be lots to do in the new year- make volunteering at your community garden your New Year’s resolution! Contact mairead [at] forestfarmpeacegarden.org to find out about becoming a volunteer or about our Buddy Scheme for supported volunteering.

**Exciting News – 2012 Orchard Skills Programme** Before we break for Winter, we have an exciting announcement about next year: we’ve received funding from Awards for All to run a year-long programme of workshops and open days about trees and orchards at Forest Farm Peace Garden. We will be running a series of workshops, roughly once a month, focussing on activities and skills such as hedgelaying, gardening for wildlife, medicinal properties of British trees, composting, pruning and more. Several of our open days throughout the year will also be themed around orchard skills, like a tree-planting Open Day in March and a return of the popular Abundance Open Day in October.

Upcoming events are:

>>Sunday 29 January, 10.30am – 4pm: Hedgelaying workshop at Forest Farm Peace Garden Learn the theory and practice of laying hedges to create natural and effective borders which protect and support wildlife.

>>Sunday 26th February, 10.30am – 4pm: Winter Pruning workshop at Forest Farm Peace Garden Learn the skills for winter pruning of trees to keep your trees healthy and effectively manage their growth.

Information on further workshops will be forthcoming in the new year. We will provide necessary materials and instruction- come prepared for the weather. There will be some hot refreshments, but please bring a packed lunch. RSVP-ing is crucial as places will are limited. Contact info [at] forestfarmpeacegarden.org in order to find out more or to RSVP to either or both of the workshops

>>Tree Planting Open Day – weekend of 24/25 March (day TBC) Join us for a day of planting trees at Forest Farm Peace Garden as well as the usual open day activities of hot food, plant sales, entertainment and activities.

**Get Involved – join the Orchard Skills organising committee**

In order to organise this exciting project, we need volunteers to help out to plan it and make it happen. You don’t need to know anything about trees- as long as you like them! We need all sorts of input- design and web skills, outreach and publicity, working with schools to organise tree planting activities, running the open days and workshops… but most importantly enthusiasm and commitment. Get in touch with Natalie, the Project Coordinator (natalie [at] forestfarmpeacegarden.org), to find out about getting involved in the Orchard Skills working group.

**For more updates, check us out on Facebook**

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