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“Seasons of Soil” Permablitz with the Quadrangle – 7th June 2014

 

Ever been to a permablitz before?
Want to see how permaculture thinking can influence a forest garden?

Come on over to Kent for this free event hosted by Natural Flow supporting The Quadrangle Trust‘s “Seasons of Soil” programme. We will be introducing the ever evolving forest garden, The Quadrangle Trust itself, sharing food, and enjoying a summer evening dip in the river. We are planning to bring more permaculture design thinking to this wonderful rural site only an hour from London with this permablitz and beyond so do check back for more details.

Our focus for the day will be the themes of forest gardening, soil and fertility. We will be working with our hosts, mother and daughter team -Deborah and Jessie raising the awareness of The Quadrangle Trust as a hub for the local community. The intention for the day is one of community action, fun and new learnings, so come on down and make some new friends.

The programme of events will look like this:

Morning Session 11AM START

  • Introduction to the day and a welcome cup of tea or coffee
  • Walk around the grounds explaining the history of the Quadrangle
  • Tour of the forest garden and an explanation of how permaculture has influenced the design
  • Unearth our beneficial microbes experiment in the woodlands

LUNCH Bring some lunch to share and we’ll provide tea, coffee, fruit juice, bread and a green salad. Weather permitting, we can set up a picnic on the lawn

Afternoon Session

  • Compost heap construction and explanation
  • inoculate the forest garden with our newly bred colonies of friendly microbes
  • sow green manures to suppress grass and weeds, while supplying the fruit trees with additional nitrogen
  • heavy lifting for those of you looking for a green gym workout
  • Retire back to Shepherd’s Barn for tea and Q and A and a bit of theory to complement all the action

5PM FINISH

Just enough time for a quick dip in the river and a bask in glorious sunshine to round the day off!

Quadrangle are also offering optional camping with self catering and £10 pitch fee or dormitory accommodation. Please contact them to make your arrangements.

Time and Date: before 11AM on the 7th June 2014 
Cost: This is a free event
Venue:  The Quadrangle Trust
Address: The Granary, The Quadrangle,Shoreham Road,Shoreham, Kent TN14 7RP
Directions: Full instructions of how to arrive there are provided on this webpage.
Bookings: To register your interest, kindly complete this registration form

 

Informal teach in

Informal teach in

 

Escape the city, take a short train ride to Shoreham in Kent, to the idyllic Darent valley. The Quadrangle Trust has lovingly restored the original farmhouse buildings developing a peaceful and tranquil atmosphere for retreats also serving as a centre for local community events. The trust is establishing a diverse and abundant 2 acre forest garden while its vegetable garden, orchard and bee hives are happily producing already.

 

Raised beds at The Quadrangle

Raised beds at The Quadrangle

 

 

Permablitz at Claude's place

Permablitz at Claude’s place

Permablitz is new in London, but you can find out about more events like this at the London Permablitz website. It’s a wonderful opportunity to learn new stuff, make friends and get your hands in the soil. If you are interested in the roots and history of permablitz, then check out this website.

Seasons of Soil with The Quadrangle Trust

Summer Event – Permablitz

Autumn Event – Edible Forest Garden Design

Spring Event 2015 – Soil Microbiology for Food Growing

Seasons of Soil is an educational programme delivered by Natural Flow and hosted by The Quadrangle Trust. Together we are passionate about consciously designing our environment for food abundance, community resilience through education and having fun.

 

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Teaching compost building at Sieben Linden Eco Village, Germany

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