Workshops & Talks

Workshops 2018

The workshops will take place on Saturday the 14th July. The day will run as follows...

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9-9.30
Welcome and refreshments in the barn

9.30 - 12
First workshop

Please choose from one of the following:

1. Flora and Fauna identification Tutor TBC 
2. Herbal medicine in the meadows with Heather Ware and Helen Rideout
3. Introduction to scything with Chris Riley
4. Enamelled Jewellery with Emily Knight
5. Weaving with Izzy Middleton

Tea and Coffee in the barn

12.15-1
Breaktime talk with Simon Fairlie on Micro and Small scale Dairying and the environmental, ecological and welfare benefits of these systems

1-2
Lunch

2-4.30
Second workshop

Please choose from one of the following:

1. Flora identification and seed saving - Tutor TBC
2. Herbal medicine in the meadows with Heather Ware and Helen Rideout
3. Dry Stone walling with Dave Purvis
4. Drawing with Margaret Uttley
5. Pottery with Ken Jaquiery

Tea and Coffee in the barn (and cake!)

5-5.30
Breaktime talk with Andy Swinscoe from the Courtyard Dairy on Artisan Cheesemaking

5.30 - round up of the day and a big thank you for coming along!

Day ends at 6pm phewf!

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Morning Workshops

Flora and Fauna identification - Tutor TBC

An introduction to the different wildflowers that you may typically find in an upland hay meadow.

Species rich hay meadows are also brilliant for bumblebees! Learn how to identify these fascinating creatures in their favourite habitat. This introduction will include an insight into their lifecycle and forage preferences with helpful tips and hints on how to recognise and photograph or record different species in the field. Find out what’s best to plant in your garden to help support these really special pollinators.

Herbal Medicine with Heather Ware and Helen Rideout

A mixture of practical and theoretical herbal learning experiences suitable for those with previous knowledge of herbal medicine and the total beginner alike. Will include:

A guided herb walk around the meadows

Exploring plant identification, properties, uses and folk history

Carefully gathering some of the beautiful herbs to make medicines with.

An experiential herb study with one of the herbs we've gathered.

Making a tincture and a herbal infused vinegar. You'll take home hand-outs with instructions on how to make these and other herbal preparations.

Introduction to Scything with Chris Riley

This half day introduction to scything will teach you the basics of how to set up and mow with an Austrian Scythe. The Austrian scythe has become very popular in the UK in recent years due to its ease of use. It is a great tool for gardeners and smallholders alike, reducing the consumption of fossil fuels and noise pollution.

Enamelled jewellery making with Emily Knight

This workshop will focus on the colour and textures in the meadows to make beautiful pendants made using flowers and grasses from the meadows as stencils for powdered and vitreous enamels. The results from last year's workshop were stunning!

Weaving with Izzy Middleton

Izzy is a local artist who uses the wonderful surroundings of Ribblesdale and her travels abroad as inspiration for her creations. As a follower of the ‘Slow Cloth’ movement she works in an environmentally conscious way, using sustainable fibres such as nettles and hemp, as well as recycling fibres that would otherwise end up in landfill. Izzy uses her art to celebrate the quality and diversity of nature's colours and textures as well as taking inspiration from her travels and the multicultural history of the art form that is weaving.  On this workshop you will take inspiration from the meadows to create your own woven memory of the weekend.


Afternoon Workshops

Flora Identification and Seed saving - Tutor TBC

This workshop will introduce you to the many species of flowers and grasses which are present in upland hay meadows and how we might go about saving the seed to propagate rare species so they might be maintained in these environments for many years to come.

Herbal Medicine with Heather Ware and Helen Rideout

A mixture of practical and theoretical herbal learning experiences suitable for those with previous knowledge of herbal medicine and the total beginner alike. Will include:

A guided herb walk around the meadows

Exploring plant identification, properties, uses and folk history

Carefully gathering some of the beautiful herbs to make medicines with.

An experiential herb study with one of the herbs we've gathered.

Making a tincture and a herbal infused vinegar. You'll take home hand-outs with instructions on how to make these and other herbal preparations.

Drystone Walling with Dave Purvis

Join Dave and his colleague on this practical and informative workshop on drystone walling, the wonderful craft which is so distinctive of the Yorkshire Dales. The workshop will include a walk and talk with Tom Lord, the farmer at Lower Winskill who also has a huge depth of knowledge on drystone walls, their history and the many differing styles. Some of the walls on the farm date back to the 14th century. After the walk, you will tackle a section of fallen down wall and learn how to make a strong and very hardwearing construction. The skills you learn on this workshop can then be applied to garden structures as well as repairing and building walls.

Drawing with Margaret Uttley

A Wandering Draw. Each of you will be provided with a small sketchbook. Using Margaret's drawing techniques, she will lead you on a short walk around Lower Winskill farm, stopping at various locations to quickly draw characterful notations of the richly varied textures and growths amongst this very special expanse of landscape. As the afternoon progresses, you will create a small journal of Meadow Connections drawings. 

Pottery with Ken Jacquiery

Ken will lead the pottery making workshop once again this year, showing you how to make coil pots which will then be fired in a raku kiln using hay from the meadows to create patterns on the surface of the pots. There will be a big reveal of the pots in the evening after they have been fired!

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Talks

Micro and small scale dairying with Simon Fairlie from Monkton Wyld Court, Dorset

Simon runs a micro dairy in Dorset where he milks three Jersey cows and provide all the necessary dairy for a community of 12 adults and their families, including cheese, milk, yoghurt and butter. The cows are fed over winter from the hay which is made by hand using scythes, from the meadows surrounding the farm buildings. Simon will talk about the impact of this small scale system on the animals, their environment and the people who benefit from the wonderful milk which the cows share with the community.

Artisan Cheesemaking with Andy Swinscoe from the Courtyard Dairy, Settle

Andy runs the Courtyard Dairy in Settle who specialise in cheeses made in the UK and Europe by artisan cheesemakers who hold the environment and the impact this has on the milk and therefore the cheese they make, at the heart of what they do. He will talk about why it is so important to support the work of these small scale, artisan cheesemakers.