Events

Organic and Biodynamic Gardening Course (Friday Course) Fully Booked
Step by step workshops to guide you through the gardening year
Turn your garden into a haven for nature and produce healthy food for your family and friends.
Join Biodynamic grower and seed specialist, Andre Tranquilini, in the gardens of Waltham Place. Through a series of 6 workshops Andre will share with you the biodynamic and organic practices that allow us to grow our fruits and vegetables without the need for artificial inputs or chemical pesticides. From the first steps of planning a vegetable garden to the final harvest of the year, Andre will offer his expert advice and guidance.

Module 1 : Planning an organic / biodynamic vegetable garden -Friday 11th January 2019-10am-5pm
Module 2 : Sowing seeds and plant propagation -Friday March 1st 2019 – 10am-5pm
Module 3 : Cultivation and fertilisation -Friday 5th April 2019 – 10am-5pm
Module 4 : Health and vitality. Natural Prevention of pests and diseases -Friday 17th May – 10am-5pm
Module 5 : Appreciation and guidance -Friday 28th June 2019 – 10am-5pm
Module 6 : Harvesting and storage (including seed saving) -Friday 5th July 2019 -10am-5pm

Cost: £20 per module or £100 for all 6 modules. To include tea and coffee.
Booking essential: estateoffice@walthamplace.com / 01628 825517
Parking: Outside the tearoom. Meeting point: The Ormandy Centre, Waltham Place.

Organic and Biodynamic Gardening Course (Saturday Course) Fully Booked
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Hedge laying at Waltham Place Saturday 26th January 2019 9.30am-4pm
Hedge laying has great conservational value and with the associated benefits to wildlife it really is important to preserve and share this skill. In this one day training session, Clive Leeke will cover the fundamentals of hedge laying, teaching all the necessary skills and techniques. This course is designed for absolute beginners wanting to learn, through to the more experienced hedge layer wanting to practice and improve. By the end of the day you will have laid your own section of hedge, which will become a wildlife haven for years to come.
Price: £75 To include lunch and refreshments. £50 Student Rate
Meeting point: The Ormandy Centre, Waltham Place.

Breadmaking Wednesday 13th February 2019 Fully Booked
Waltham Place Chef, Adrian, explains the basics of bread making and will teach you how to make a variety of breads including ciabatta, sour dough rye and seeded. We will also cover enriched doughs such as brioche, croissant and hot cross buns. There really is nothing like home made bread for taste or quality.
Price:£55 To include a light organic lunch and refreshments
Meeting point: The Ormandy Centre, Waltham Place.

Snowdrop Walk Saturday 16th February 2019 2pm-4pm Fully Booked
One of the first flowers of the New Year, the Snowdrop blooms from January into February and even March.
These perfect, nodding flowers provide early nectar to insects and signify a lengthening of the daylight hours as we turn to face the Spring. Join us for a walk around the estate, admiring the carpets of snowdrops, with snowdrop expert Gert- Jan Van der Kolk. Gert Jan will show you how to identify the different types of Snowdrop and answer your questions on how best to grow Snowdrops in your garden.
Price:£10 To include refreshments after the walk.
Meeting point: The Ormandy Centre, Waltham Place.

A biodynamic approach to nutrition Saturday 23d February 2019 10am-4.15pm
Come and spend the day learning with biodynamic chef Wendy Cook, author of The Biodynamic Food and Cookbook, for this special event. The day will include a walk in the grounds and gardens of Waltham Place, followed by a morning lecture covering the evolution of consciousness and the culture of food and cooking through the ages.
Lunch will be made from our home grown biodynamic produce using recipes from Wendy’s book. During the afternoon Wendy will teach us how to plan a balanced meal using biodynamic principles. The day will end with an open space for Questions and Answers.
Price:£30 To include lunch and refreshments throughout the day
Meeting point: The Ormandy Centre, Waltham Place.

Breadmaking Wednesday 6th March 2019 9.30am-4pm Fully Booked
Waltham Place Chef, Adrian, explains the basics of bread making and will teach you how to make a variety of breads including ciabatta, sour dough rye and seeded. We will also cover enriched doughs such as brioche, croissant and hot cross buns. There really is nothing like home made bread for taste or quality.
Price:£55 To include a light organic lunch and refreshments
Meeting point: The Ormandy Centre, Waltham Place.

The Art of Preserving Wednesday 27th March 2019 9.30am-4pm
Explore the traditional skill of preserving with Waltham Place Chef, Adrian. Whether berries collected from the hedgerow or a glut of fruit or vegetables from your garden, Adrian will teach you how to make a range of jams,chutneys and fruit cordials.Perfect to give as gifts or to stock your own pantry.
Price:£55 To include a light organic lunch and refreshments
Meeting point: The Ormandy Centre, Waltham Place.

Log Hive Course Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st March 2019 Fully Booked
Support wild honey bee populations by building a log hive under the guidance of natural beekeeping expert Matt Somerville. Designed to stand alone, on stilts, or sited high up in the tree tops, log hives offer wild honey bees a non-intrusive home. Supporting our bees as pollinators, rather than honey producers, log hives are designed to offer good insulation in Winter or Summer, mimicking the environment bees choose in the wild. With minimal intervention the bees are subject to natural selection which weeds out the weak, thus creating strong, healthy colonies capable of coping with pests and diseases. This is a low intensity way to keep bees offering minimal stress for both the bees and the beekeeper. The course includes dinner and a talk on natural beekeeping on Saturday evening.
Price: £170 – Make a log hive to take away. You can choose to site your hive in a tree or we can provide the plans to make stilts. OR £50 – Learn to make a hive, which will be sited in a tree on the estate.