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Halling marsh

Events and Activities

Importance of Pollinators Workshop

Date of Event: 23 August 2017

Event Category: Training Course

This workshop aims to give participants the knowledge they need to change the way they manage land, for the benefit of pollinators, and to apply for agri-environment funding support. The day will include an indoor theory session followed by an outdoor practical one. This will include an overview of pollinator ecology, habitat features of importance and how to assess a site in terms of its potential value for pollinators, the impact healthy pollinator communities can have on yield quality and quantity and current agri-environment scheme support - application process and suitable options for pollinator conservation and B-Lines.

Making a Mark with Ash

Date of Event: 26 August 2017

Event Category: Workshop

Artists such as John Constable, Henry Moore and David Nash have all taken inspiration from landscapes of ash trees. In this afternoon walk we will draw some of the magnificent ash trees and wooded landscapes of the Woodland Trust owned Hucking Estate. Sally Evans from the Mid Kent Downs Countryside Partnership will guide us across the large estate and we will be taught some quick techniques to capture graphic sketches of Ash Trees in the landscape. Using charcoal made from ash wood, as the ash charcoal disappears into the paper we will create new memories of the landscapes of ash.

The Hucking Estate is owned by the Woodland Trust, this large and engaging site offers a mix of ancient woodland, planted secondary woodland and open grassland; together with woodland archaeology remains, wonderful walks, interesting wildlife and breath-taking views and it set in the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

This is a free public event, open to everyone. But places are limited so booking is highly recommended. The walk is suitable for adults and families – accompanied children only. Participants are advised to bring their own sun protection.

Insect Study Day - beetles and grasshoppers

Date of Event: 26 August 2017

Event Category: Nature

A two-part session. Chalk downland is particularly rich in insects, and this session will be using keys and identification guides to look at two important groups. In the morning, we will be joining members of Ranscombe's Wildlife Study Group to find and try and identify dung-beetles and other ground-living beetles of chalk downland. In the afternoon, we will have a session on finding and identifying grasshoppers and bush-crickets. Both sessions are suitable for beginners.

Please wear suitable outdoor clothing and stout shoes, and bring a packed lunch; please note that we will be outdoors for the whole session, and that Ranscombe has no toilet facilities. Sorry - no dogs.

Walk the Chalk at Ranscombe - guided walk

Date of Event: 10 September 2017

Event Category: Guided Walks

A guided walk looking at the different areas of chalk grassland at Ranscombe, with an emphasis at comparing their different histories and management. Why does one bit of grassland look different to another? Come along and find out!

Please wear suitable outdoor clothing and stout shoes; please note that we will be outdoors for the whole session, and that Ranscombe has no toilet facilities. Sorry - no dogs.

Pollinator Survey Techniques Workshop

Date of Event: 21 September 2017

Event Category: Workshop

This workshop will give the skills to enable the effective monitoring of the key pollinator species within the project area and provide an opportunity to gain experience and new skills. This initial workshop will cover pollinator ecology and the national monitoring schemes whilst a second workshop in the Spring will be more detailed around survey and identification of bees, hoverflies, butterflies and moths to include some supported survey and identification sessions.

Apple Fest

Date of Event: 23 September 2017

Event Category: Family Event

Discover the juices of numerous varieties of apples grown in the orchard, press the apples, enjoy apple cakes and picnic in the orchard.

Make an ash spoon: Ash greenwood course

Date of Event: 15 October 2017

Event Category: Workshop

Come along and play with some green ash wood.  This course is taught by John Waller and is aimed at the novice outdoors-man or woman.  Ash spoons and bowls have been used by britons since the bronze age, it was the material of choice prior to our everyday ceramic and steel. You will take home a finished spoon made of ash wood, which will mean that you will have your very own ash keepsake that will survive the disaster of Ash Dieback.  The course will cover axe and knife safety, tool selection and comprehensive instruction in spoon whittling!

You will book through John Wallers booking form below so please indicate at the time of booking whether you are right- or left- handed. All other tools and materials will be provided, but please feel free to bring along any special or interesting tools you have!

What to wear: Wear sturdy shoes or boots at all times. Please also wear warm, comfortable clothes that are suitable for the forecasted weather conditions.  You may be outside for some of the course.

There is a maximum of 6 participants for this course so book early to avoid disappointment.

The course is £45 per person payable directly to John Waller. Please bring a packed lunch, hot drinks will be provided.

If you have any questions, please get in touch: info@underwoodsman.co.uk

Chalkland Champions Day (Project Launch)

Date of Event: 15 October 2017

Event Category: Open Day

Love the Outdoors?

 Develop an interest in nature.

Meet new people. Stay active and well.

Want a new career?

Learn new skills. Build career opportunities.

Our project aims to inspire, connect and revive – all in the beautiful Kent Chalk Downland. This day launches our work, showcases the groups of people involved and demonstrates the skills involved.

All with a bit of extra entertainment thrown in!

Join us there for an action-packed day

Halloween in the Orchard

Date of Event: 28 October 2017

Event Category: Family Event

Join members of the Park Farm Community orchard in their evening of mystical fun with dressing up, pumpkin carving and tasty treats.