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Events & Courses 2024

To book places on all events contact Richard Small (richard.w.small@gmail.com) unless stated otherwise.

 

Friday 23 February, 10am-4pm
Stepping Stones Species Action Conference, Norbury Village Hall. 
More information here.
To book your place email conference@middlemarchescommunitylandtrust.org.uk

Friday 8 March, 10am-3pm
Meadows & Roadside Verges conference, Oswestry Memorial Hall.
More information here.
To book your place email conference@middlemarchescommunitylandtrust.org.uk

Sunday 7 April, 10am-1pm
Free scythe peening workshop at the Stiperstones NNR base. No booking required. Come along and join your fellow Shropshire scythers to prepare your blades for the 2024 season. Natural England Office, Pennerley, SY5 0NE. Contact Simon Cooter simon.cooter@naturalengland.org.uk or stiperstones.events@naturalengland.org.uk to be put on the mailing list.

 

Sunday 19 May, 10.30-11.30am 
Annual General Meeting at the Bridges Inn, followed by picnic lunch and walk at Barns Farm 

 

Saturday 8 June, 2.30pm-5pm
Visit to the meadows at Hurdley Hall, Hurdley, Churchstoke SY15 6DY

 

Saturday 22 June, 12 noon-11pm 
The Real Hay Festival, Hanging Gardens, Newchapel, Nr. Llanidloes SY18 6LH. Organised by Handpowered and Mid Wales Meadow Makers.

 

Sunday 30 June,10.30am-3pm
Visit to Weo Farm, Rowton, Aston on Clun, Craven Arms, SY7 0NZ. To include farm tour and discussion of the next steps for developing meadows managed by cattle grazing.

 

July (date TBC)
Seed collection workshop at Fir Tree Meadow, Wentnor 

July (date TBC)
Simon Cooter’s Introduction to Scything (two courses). Natural England Office, Pennerley, SY5 0NE. To book your place contact Simon Cooter simon.cooter@naturalengland.org.uk or stiperstones.events@naturalengland.org.uk to be put on the mailing list.

 

Sunday 11 August
Soil testing workshop using MMG’s soil testing kits and meters. Bring a sample of your meadow soil for testing pH, nutrients, soil moisture etc. Led by David Poynton. Pennerley House, Pennerley SY5 0NF.

 

August (date TBC) 
Devil’s-bit Scabious workshop; learn how to recognise the plant and (if ready) collect a seed head or two. Ratlinghope Churchyard (tbc)

 

September (date TBC): Q & A session 

 

October (date TBC): Meadow fungi walk 

 

November (date TBC): National Meadows Conference

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