What does your Father value most?

I can hazard a guess your Father values the opportunity to spend quality time with those he loves. So why not give him just that, quality time with you!

We have the perfect idea, a gift of an “experience”, one you can plan ahead and share together! Our training courses and workshops are held at various locations in and around the Surrey Hills. Two of these courses have multiple dates commencing in October 2019 running through to February 2020 and have been selected for this special occasion:

FATHERS DAY SPECIAL OFFERS

> Hedgelaying Training Courses – 20% DISCOUNT

> Coppicing & Wattle Hurdle Making – 20% DISCOUNT

Valid for bookings paid in full by Sunday 23rd June 2019.

Rejoice with your family in the beautiful land of life!

Albert Einstein

 

 

 

 

Wood Craft Workshops @ Priory Farm

On Thursday 21st February we held a launch party to celebrate our Wood Craft Workshops at Priory Farm, South Nutfield. Our regular Thursday workshops are suited to adults and children over the age of 8 years.  Private group bookings can be arranged on a day to suit, we welcome family groups, school groups, home schooling groups and can arrange a group workshop to suit all ages and abilities (minimum 6 adults or 10 children over the age of 8 yrs).

Further Info: Wood Craft Workshop

Our full day and half day workshops will take place at John’s Barn, located in an area of outstanding naturual beauty, situated alongside of one of Priory Farm’s beautiful fishing lakes.

Launch Party Film – 21st February 2019:

We are also running Obelisk Making Workshops on a Saturday morning and afternoon at Priory Farm. The location for these workshops are in the garden (featured in the above film), which is situated alongside the Kiosk and Discovery Walk entrance.

 

 

 

 

Experience the outdoors!

We are excited to have launched our new outdoor “experience’ at Gate Street Barn’s annual open day on Sunday 6th January 2019.

“Hen In The Woods”, release your inner creativity with a memorable outdoor experience suitable for Hen Parties or just a group of friends who wish to have fun!

Gate Street Barn, Bramley, Guilford boasts beautiful landscaped gardens and views of the working organic farm and a hobby herd of English Longhorn cattle. The outdoor workshop experience is located at the newly built “Bird Hide”, a secluded spot set within the grounds of this beautiful venue.

See you at this years show!

Will you be attending this years show? This is the biggest event in our calendar and if last year is anything to go by we are gearing up for a busy three days!

This year we have lots of new workshops and training courses to promote, such as our combined Willow Obelisk and Wattle Hurdle Workshop at Sussex Prairies, Henfield or our newly launched Wood Craft Workshops at Priory Farm Estate, Nutfield.

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We continue to collaborate with others and are looking forward to a Willow Workshop & Woodland Lunch on 4th July in collaboration with the Salt Box.

Dates commencing in October are now available to reserve your place for our Hedgelaying & Hurdle Making Courses. We (Paul and Lorraine) will be on hand to discuss these with you when you visit the stand.

We look forward to seeing you at the show ….

South of England Show – 6th, 7th and 8th June 2019 – South of England Showground, Ardingly, West Sussex RH17 6TL

 

 

 

Willow Workshops – Proving Popular

I (Lorraine) have been running a series of Willow Obelisk Workshops this year at both Priory Farm, South Nutfield and also The Dene, Woldingham. Due to their popularity I have been adding new dates and will continue to do so until my Willow runs out! Last year I used Hazel as it really creates a strong, long lasting Obelisk. However, Hazel is much more time consuming to cut as you have to be quite selective when using the rods for weaving.

There is something about working with Willow that really allows you to feel connected to the natural world. I enjoy harvesting the Willow from the lakeside at Priory Farm, as much as I enjoy delivering the Obelisk Making workshops. When harvesting the Willow I try and keep as quite as possible so not to disturb the fisherman but also so I can listen to the birds and watch the ducks and their ducklings enjoying a swim in peace, I am so lucky to be able work in such a picturesque, tranquil location!

Great time making mini and maxi obelisk for the garden. Helpful guidance and tips from Lorraine and the cups of tea helped keep us warm! Highly recommend these courses. Keeping the traditional crafts alive.

Facebook review by Sarah Hellard

If when I get a spare half an hour I also enjoy just sitting and peeling off the bark of the Willow to reveal the white wood below, ‘it’s like peeling off nail varnish”, so satisfying and addictive! Once peeled the Willow can be used for weaving but it does dry out much quicker than when the bark is left on but does looks very attractive.  I include the use of Willow in my Wood Craft Workshops too, the children love making Bird Feeders or Mini-Obelisk.

Together with my husband Paul we will be delivering our first combined Obelisk and Wattle Hurdle Making Workshop to be held at Sussex Prairie Garden, Henfield on Sunday 2nd June. This beautiful garden (another picturesque location) partners with the RHS so we are offering a 20% discount to RHS members!

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We also have a new collaboration with The Salt Box (also located at Priory Farm Estates) who are hosting a Willow Obelisk Workshop & Woodland Lunch, so why not join us, Lorraine, Christian and Beckie in the woods on Thursday 4th July!

 

Another great use for Willow is making the bases for our seasonal wreath making workshops, such a natural alternative to using wire or oasis. We include the weaving of the base in the workshop to make it more interesting. The Spring Wreath below included an attractive yellow Willow, you can also weave in other flexible wood to introduce different colours such as Cornus!

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE INFORMED ABOUT FURTHER WILLOW WORKSHOPS PLEASE MAKE CONTACT.

 

It’s Cowpie On Sunday!

Only two days before the Cowpie Show at Blindley Heath. We look forward to welcoming visitors to our stand on Sunday, Paul will be undertaking a Hedgelaying demonstration and I (Lorraine) will be demonstrating how to make a Willow Obelisk!
 
I will be pleased to offer you a SPECIAL 10% SHOW DISCOUNT to attend one of our selected training courses or workshops, just find either of us and say the following phrase:

“Wow what a big one, I’ve never seen one as big as that before!”

 
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Join us at Spring Live

Join us at Spring Live, to be held on the South of England Showground in Ardingly on Sunday 5th May and Bank Holiday Monday 6th May.

Our stand will be situated in an excellent position alongside the Food Court seating area. In addition to displaying a selection of products made from wood sourced locally we will also be demonstrating how to make traditional crafts and discussing our training courses and workshops so why not pop along and say hello!