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Devil’s Kneading Trough

Events and Activities

Autumn Activity Trail - Lullingstone Country Park

Date of Event: 21 October 2017

Event Category: Childrens' Event

Drop in any day during half-term and explore the woods following our self-led activity trail.

Drop in any day between 10am and 3pm and pick up one of our trail sheets. Explore the woods following our self-led activity trail and see what you can discover about the park. All completed trails will receive a small prize. Last trail sold at 3pm

Saturday 21st October 2017+ show more dates
Sunday 22nd October 2017
Monday 23rd October 2017
Tuesday 24th October 2017
Wednesday 25th October 2017
Thursday 26th October 2017
Friday 27th October 2017
Saturday 28th October 2017
Sunday 29th October 2017
Monday 30th October 2017
Tuesday 31st October 2017
Wednesday 1st November 2017
Thursday 2nd November 2017
Friday 3rd November 2017
Saturday 4th November 2017
Sunday 5th November 2017

Between 10am and 3pm.

£3.00 per activity trail sheet.

Autumn Activity Trails - Shorne Woods Country Park

Date of Event: 21 October 2017

Event Category: Childrens' Event

Drop in any day during half-term and explore the woods following our self-led activity trail.

Drop in any day between 10am and 3pm and pick up one of our trail sheets. Explore the woods following our self-led activity trail and see what you can discover about the park. All completed trails will receive a small prize. Last trail sold at 3pm

Saturday 21st October 2017+ show more dates
Sunday 22nd October 2017
Monday 23rd October 2017
Tuesday 24th October 2017
Wednesday 25th October 2017
Thursday 26th October 2017
Friday 27th October 2017
Saturday 28th October 2017
Sunday 29th October 2017

Between 10am and 3pm.

£3.00 per activity trail sheet.

Spooky Dens and Crafts

Date of Event: 27 October 2017

Event Category: Childrens' Event

Halloween fun with spooky crafts followed by outdoor spooky den building!

Meet us at the visitor centre for spooky crafts, then join us outside for spooky den building followed by hot chocolate and marshmallows.

This event is suitable for children over 8 years old and must be accompanied by an adult. 
Please ensure suitable outdoor clothing is worn.
Adults accompanying a child/children do not need to purchase a ticket.

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.

Ash Object Lessons

Date of Event: 3 November 2017

Event Category: Family Event

Ash wood is known for being lightweight, tolerant to vibration and very hard. Egyptians imported ash from Europe and used the wood, which bends when steamed, to perfect the invention of the wheel. Tennis rackets, baseball bats and hockey sticks were made of ash and it formed the  invisible frame of the first models of London’s famous  Routemaster buses. With ash trees in decline due to their death caused by the fungal pathogen Hymenoscyphus fraxineus this particularly inventive and flexible wood will not feature in our human story.  In this session, we look at a selection of objects from from Rob Penn’s the Man Who Made Things Out of Trees and museum collections which will form part of a larger archive of ash objects at the University of Kent Studio 3 Gallery in 2018, which celebrates the history of the uses of ash. Hosted by Madeleine Hodge and Rose Thompson and University of Kent curating students.

Landscape Change and a Future for Trees

Date of Event: 3 November 2017

Event Category: Workshop

Talk with Ackroyd and Harvey (Artists commissioned for The Ash Project) and David Carey (Tree Wardens of Kent) and Madeleine Hodge (Project Manager of The Ash Project).

Ash dieback is having a profound impact on ash trees, woodlands and the wider landscape. Whilst much is now understood about the fungus responsible for the disease managing the trees through this crisis and the impacts on landscapes, biodiversity and our health remains poorly understood. The talk will take in the impacts that this and other tree threats will have on the future of our landscapes and how we might mark and celebrate ash in light of this epidemic trees before it is too late. The talk will be followed by a mapping session of notable ash trees in Kent and discussion of how we might memorialise this important tree. If you are able to bring some cake to share, please do!

Part of Diane Dever and the Decorators programme in the Folkestone Triennial, taking place in the Urban Room, Folkestone Harbour, Folkestone, Kent, CT20 1QH (Parking is available on the Arm)

Lost in Transmission

Date of Event: 4 November 2017

Event Category: Family Event

In this ecopoetry workshop we will explore the ash dieback transmission process. Drawing on scientific research and journalism on the subject, we’ll make new poems from existing texts. In doing so, we will learn about the changes to rural and urban landscapes that ash dieback will bring, and discover the pushes and pulls (both natural and cultural) that drive its spread. We’ll also consider how the disease is likely to impact the ash trees in Folkestone’s own urban environment.

This event part of The Ash Project is taking place in conjunction with the Urban Room and the Folkestone Triennial Fringe. 

The walk will be lead by Chris Poundwhite, find out more about Chris’s ecopoetry courses & workshops at www.gotothepine.com.

Duration: approx 2 hours

Ash Object Lessons Part 2

Date of Event: 5 November 2017

Event Category: Talks

Ash wood is known for being lightweight, tolerant to vibration and very hard. Egyptians imported ash from Europe and used the wood, which bends when steamed, to perfect the invention of the wheel. Tennis rackets, baseball bats and hockey sticks were made of ash and it formed the  invisible frame of the first models of London’s famous  Routemaster buses. With ash trees in decline due to their death caused by the fungal pathogen Hymenoscyphus fraxineus this particularly inventive and flexible wood will not feature in our human story.  In this session, we look at a selection of objects from from Rob Penn’s the Man Who Made Things Out of Trees and museum collections which will form part of a larger archive of ash objects at the University of Kent Studio 3 Gallery in 2018, which celebrates the history of the uses of ash. Hosted by Madeleine Hodge and Rose Thompson and University of Kent curating students.

Ash chair making course

Date of Event: 6 June 2018

Event Category: Training Course

This course will teach you how to make a complete chair from an ash log, it is considered to be the ultimate green wood course. Make a splendid solid seat or woven seat side-chair (with no arms). Use the axe, shaving horse and pole lathe to turn components for a frame chair or Windsor chair of your own design.  Steam bending, jointing, seat hollowing are all covered. Indulge yourself!

Green Wood is freshly felled, still sappy wood. To work it requires a set of simple techniques based on an understanding of how wood reacts – both to the tools, and to the dry and shrinking process. Because it is green, the wood is soft and easy to work with hand tools, the process therefore creates little waste, and can utilise small trees and logs. Greenwood work is green in all senses of the word – especially as at Bore Place the trees are felled as part of ongoing woodland restoration and sustainable management. Our courses and volunteer days are about learning woodcraft and helping with the conservation of Bore Place.

The course is run over 5 days 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th June and 1st July 2018 (5 days) and you must be available to attend all days.

On the first day the start time will be 9.30am tea/introductions for 10am start, all other days we will start at 10am.

As you may be outside for some of the course, please wear warm, comfortable clothes that are suitable for the forecasted weather conditions and wear sturdy shoes or boots at all times in the workshop.

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

£250 per person

The cost of the course has been subsidised by The Ash Project  and is 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