Hands-On Courses

2011 Programme

All courses are at Graham and Nicky's organic smallholding in the Waveney Valley

2 Old Hall



NR34 8HB

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Please try and use sustainable modes of travel to come to these courses.

As most people will need to arrive by car, lift sharing is encouraged.  We will contact course participants if there are any possible lift sharing possibilities.

There are buses and trains to Beccles which is 2 miles away. 

Please drive SLOWLY on our track!!!

Strictly 15mph max speed!

Hedge Laying and Maintenance

Dates:     Saturday 5th March 2011

Time:      2pm 5pm

Cost:       15 (includes refreshments), cheques payable to "Graham Elliott"

Tutor:      Paul Jackson

Fruit Tree Pruning

Dates:     Saturday 12th March 2011

Time:      11am 5pm (with an hour break for lunch)

Cost:       30 (includes lunch and refreshments), cheques payable to "Graham Elliott"

Tutor:      Paul Jackson

Fruit and Veg. Bottling

Dates:     Saturday 17th September 2011

Time:      2pm 5pm

Cost:      12 (includes refreshments), cheques payable to "Graham Elliott"

Tutors:    Graham and Nicky Elliott

Grow-Your-Own & Food Preservation Workshops

Come and Try It!  Learn how to eat from your garden year round and meet much of your energy requirement from your plot. We will show how to:- 

  • grow fruit and vegetables for consumption all year round

  • dry apples and other fruit

  • make jam, jelly, syrup and chutney

  • bottle fruit, including tomatoes

  • make wine

  • store vegetables

  • make apple juice and cider

  • make compost, leafmould and comfrey liquid manure

  • grow and manage your own firewood

  • generate solar heated water

A series of half day practical workshops looking at seasonal growing and preserving of vegetables and fruit.  Bring warm clothes, waterproof, sun hat, wellies and gardening gloves as appropriate!  Max. 10 people per workshop.

Each workshop will cover what needs to be done at that specific time of year as well as an overview of fruit and vegetable production and preservation for the whole year.  Each individual workshop will have its own distinct focus depending on the time of year.

Course Dates for 2011

9 April

Ground preparation, seed-sowing and protection

14 May

Soil fertility and planting out. Solar water heating

11 June

Drying herbs and flowers, summer drinks, weeding techniques

9 July

Syrups, jams and jellies, water management

13 August

Fruit drying and bottling, pest and disease control

10 September

Wine-making, seed-saving

8 October

Apples: storage, juice and cider-making, chutneys

5 November

Vegetable storage, drying apples, wood as fuel, pruning soft fruit

Time:     2pm 5pm

Cost:      80 for set of workshops (transferable by arrangement)

               12 per individual session 

               Cost includes refreshments

               Cheques payable to "Graham Elliott"

Tutors:   Graham and Nicky Elliott

Accommodation available if required. Click HERE for details

Advanced booking essential

Further information:

E-mail    graham@bikeways.org.uk

Tel:        01502 714661