Little things we can do to save the planet - and have fun at the same time!
A day of activities giving nature a helping hand, making things from natural products, habitat management, sustainable foraging and making beautiful new things from old. Challenging and rewarding at the same time our eco day will show that it is easy to be green!
All our packages are custom built to suit your needs so if you have a particular request please ask.
All Taste the Wild courses focus on sustainability. Our facilities are basic; cooking is on wood fires and we have composting toilets to keep our carbon foot print as small as possible.
From £100 per person
9.00am - 5.00pm
We teach in groups of 6 to 10 people for most of our sessions. Up to 24 can be accommodated in a day divided into groups of 6. The groups change activity every hour and a half and there will be a good lunch and drinks provided made with local, seasonal produce.
Please make sure course participants have suitable outdoor clothing e.g. stout footwear and warm, waterproof coat.
If you want to discuss the possibilities and available dates please contact us by using the online enquiry form or call Chris on 07914 290 083
Environmental Woodland Management
Theory and practice
This session looks at the management of small woodlands. There will be instruction on tree felling and planting and the chance to have a go (the trees are not very big approx. 6m). We will look at tree protection and animal management. We will show you how to learn from the natural landscape, looking at how the soil, the weather and the site tell us the tree species that will do well.
Making bug houses to take home
Bugs, insects and beetles are vital to the well being of the world’s ecosystems. They are often overlooked but we can help in little ways by creating habitats for them. This fun session is both practical and creative. We will look at insect life on the woodland floor and collect materials then make a bug house or a wire leaf container to take home.
Sustainable Foraging: Walking, talking and tasting
A walk around our 18 acres looking at a variety of edible wild food. You will learn to identify plants, berries, flowers, fungi - whatever is in season at the time of year that you come. There will be stories about the wild food and things to taste too. (The terrain is flat but the ground is uneven, long trousers and stout shoes are recommended).
Making new things that you want, from old things that you don’t
We love this session. Make a cleverly designed toasting fork from a wire coat hanger! Make beautiful garden labels from hammered spoons! Make old kitchen forks into hanging hooks for your home! This is the ultimate eco craft session. The things we make could change but will be equally good.
Making Environmentally Friendly Household Products
Here we take ingredients that will not harm the environment and combining them with natural fragrances to make a variety of household products for example: Pine and herb rejuvenating bath bomb, Meadowsweet furniture polish, Chamomile laundry liquid, Spruce scented pine cone firelighters.
Learn to read the landscape
This session involves walking around the wood looking at the trees, the sky, the way the plants grow and all manner of different clues to help map the site. Together the group create a map discussing the scale and direction of features and paths. As well as learning a new skill this session is active, creative and fun. If there are multiple teams doing this activity we can award a prize for the best map at the end of the day.
We manage our 18 acres of woodland for biodiversity, creating a range of habitats and managing them for both animal and plant life. The woods have become a haven for wildlife such as buzzards, wood-peckers and deer in an area of predominantly intensive arable farming. We have an area of young conifer species which we are gradually thinning to help the natural regeneration of birches, oaks and willows. We have created ponds and glades for insects and amphibians and along the rides we are planting smaller native broadleaf species for nuts, berries and fruit. These species give wild food to the birds, insects and mammals of the wood as well as us.
|9.00am||Participants arrive - hot drink and introduction|
|9.30am||Session 1 - Natural Navigation|
|11.00am||Session 2 - Habitat Creation|
|1.30pm||Session 3 - Woodland Management|
|3.00pm||Drink and biscuits|
|3.15pm||Session 4 - Eco Household Products|
|4.30pm||Conclusion - participants depart|