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Events and Activities

The Ash Archive

Date of Event: 18 January 2018

Event Category: Exhibitions

The Ash Archive is an exhibition that celebrates our human relationship with ash trees and the woodland environment. The artworks in the exhibition reflect on transition, the uses of the wood and our dynamic and complex relationship with the life, death and materials of the natural world.  The artworks are accompanied by a growing collection of objects made of ash that aims to chart the innovation and wide variety of  uses of this beautiful wood. With commissions and existing works by artists and designers,  including  Ackroyd and Harvey, Colin Booth, Adam Chodzko, Sebastian Cox, French and Mottershead, Magz Hall, Max Lamb, Sheaf and Barley and David Nash (in collaboration with Common Ground) and a collection of objects made of ash wood for Rob Penn’s book “The man who made things out of trees”.

The Ash Archive is a collaboration between the University of Kent and The Ash Project. The Ash Project is an urgent cultural response to this devastating loss of one of our most important species of tree. The exhibition curated by Madeleine Hodge and Rose Thompson for The Ash Project in partnership with the University of Kent.

The exhibition will tour galleries across Kent in 2018 to Limbo Gallery in Margate, Nucleus Arts in Chatham, UCA Brewery Tap in Folkestone as part of the Salt Festival and at Kaleidoscope Gallery in Sevenoaks.

Head for the Hills and Celebrate! Chevening view point walk

Date of Event: 4 February 2018

Event Category: Guided Walks

A circular walk of about four miles taking in views of Chevening House and the beautiful Kent Downs. 

This event is being run by North West Kent Countryside Partnership on behalf of the Kent Downs area of Outstanding Natural Beauty as part of its 50th Anniversary Year for more information visit www.kentdowns.org.uk 

This view point walk is the first of a series of view point walks throughout the year, they have been made possible by working with Discovering Britain is a major public engagement project from the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) designed to encourage deeper engagement with Britain’s extraordinary and diverse landscapes. For more information on Discovering Britain Visit this web site https://www.discoveringbritain.org/activities/south-east-england/viewpoints

To Book Contact Catherine on 0797683447 or Email catherine.maclean@kent.gov.uk

Head for the Hills and Celebrate! Woodland Wildlife and Fireside Pints

Date of Event: 24 February 2018

Event Category:

Woodland Life and Fireside Pints
A 5 mile walk through woodlands and open countryside in the Kent Downs AONB enjoying the first signs of spring. Short stretches on country lanes.
Well behaved dogs very welcome.

Saturday 24th February at 10:00am.
Meet at: The Plough, Stalisfield, Stalisfield Rd,
Faversham ME13 0HY
Cost: Free.

Ash and Lichen Medway River Walk

Date of Event: 15 April 2018

Event Category: Workshop

Study lichen growing on ash itself close up with our expert guides and take away some digital memories and lichen spore prints

Come and join us for a gentle walk along the Medway and through the delightful Yalding Fen nature reserve as we celebrate the ash tree and the biodiversity that the tree supports.

The ash is an iconic Kent species and it is now under threat of disappearing completely from our landscape owing to the threat from ash dieback. Join us as we celebrate its role in the Kentish countryside and learn about its place in the special ecology of the Medway River. We will be joined on the walk by Ishpi Blakely of the British Lichenology Society who will share her knowledge of this fascinating composite organism.  We will study the lichens growing on the ash trees close up. And we will learn from expert guides about making spore prints, so you will take away some digital memories and lichen inspired nature prints.

Ash Workshops

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This workshop delivered in partnership with the Medway Valley Countryside Partnership


Two and half hours

Ash chair making course

Date of Event: 9 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