Walking at Nashenden Down

Events and Activities in category: Family Event

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

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.

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.