Faversham Permaculture Day

Transition Town Faversham are hosting a permaculture skill-sharing and networking event on Sunday 22nd July between 10am and 4pm, at the Abbey Physic Community Garden in Faversham.

There will be a number of talks and workshops throughout the day, including permaculture sessions with Aranya and Jo Barker, soap making, bee keeping, willow weaving, growing perennial vegetables, and John Rudgard on sustainability at his permaculture smallholding Rifleman Cottage in Ludenham. Aranya will also be talking about his recently published book – ‘Permaculture Design – A step by step guide’.

This event is a great opportunity to meet new people, learn new skills, and see what’s happening permaculture-wise in and around Faversham. Visitors will also be able to explore the Abbey Physic Community Garden, and see permaculture in action.

Hot food, homemade cakes and hot and cold drinks will be available as well as a selection of plants, vegetables and handmade crafts to buy.  This event is FREE, although donations towards the running of the day will be welcome 🙂

Please contact James Thorn if you’re interested in attending, so we can get an idea of numbers.

Community Gardening Round up

Come and join in!

Community Gardening is really taking off in Whitstable. The raised beds outside the library are full to bursting and the Stream Walk Community garden is being transformed. But we still need lots of helpers to keep them going. Especially as both have been entered in the Whitstable in Bloom competition. Come and drop in to our sessions, meet new friends and feel part of these exciting projects.

  • Stream Walk has sessions on Tuesdays 12 – 4pm and the 3rd Saturday of each month 10am – 2pm. Tea provided! The Community Garden can be found along the Stream Walk footpath between Cromwell Road and Old Bridge Rd. in Whitstable. There is no need to book, you can simply turn up.
  • The Library raised beds next session is on 26 June, late morning to early afternoon.

See you there.

Learn about the Environment at Hambrook Marshes

Kent Enterprise Trust is running a number of outdoor course days at their peaceful site close to the heart of Canterbury, giving you the opportunity to learn about Kent’s abundant wildlife and how to use natural materials sustainably. You can learn in small relaxed groups from their knowledgeable teachers.

The days start at 10am and continue to 4pm, weather dependant. They provide teas, tools and materials, but ask you to bring lunch and wear old clothes and suitable footwear.

Hambrook Marshes is on the banks of the River Stour and can be reached via the Riverside Retail Park next the Wincheap Park and Ride in Canterbury. Follow the bridge over the river.

Further information and booking form.

Dirty Weekend a Great Success.

Lots of volunteers made the Dirty Weekend at the Stream Walk Community Garden a great success last Saturday. Everyone mucked in with building the raised beds and filling them with earth, compost and then seeds. Tomatoes were just one of the crops planted at the 1/2 acre site. For more info see the article on the thisiskent website.

Have a look at our calendar for volunteer sessions in the coming weeks, we will be there on Be Nice to Nettles Day on Saturday 28 May.

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Latest News from Edible Whitstable

Read the latest Edible Whitstable Newsletter

Issue 8 : May 2011

Greetings food folk! Early spring and blossom which bodes well for later foraging. Lots of food news to note since our last issue; the anti-Tesco protest in Bristol last month, planning applications for battery rabbit farms across the country and allegations from Unite of sweatshop labour down the road at Thanet Earth. Locally there is distress at the doubling of allotment charges, while at national level it appears that the government might be having second thoughts about releasing local authorities from their obligation to provide allotments.

But there are reasons to be cheerful in Whitstable as Transition Town’s growing projects are blooming.

Dirty Weekend in Whitstable – all Welcome

You’ve seen the vegetable beds at the library, you love the Farmers Market – now we’re expanding to a half acre site for community use!

There’s a working day at Whitstable’s wonderful new Stream Walk Community Garden this coming Saturday, May 21st 10am-2pm.

Lots of compost to shovel, hedges to trim, tea to make as well as a bit of carpentry. More info at http://www.permaculture.org.uk/whats-going-on/event/work-day/dirty-weekend-whitstable-compost-shovelling-day-2011-05-21. We’ll be getting ready for planting the raised beds and building a compost loo.

If you can’t make it, there are regular sessions every 3rd Satuday of the month, 10am – 2pm and also every Tuesday from 12 – 4pm.

This is a great opportunity for anyone who likes the thought of having an allotment and either can’t move up the list fast enough or doesn’t want the full responsiblity of their own plot or doesn’t know how to get started with growing their own veg and fruit – or if you just want to come and join in with the community garden.

Hope to see loads of you there – whatever your gardening skills.

Becky and Bear

Community Gardening dates for your diary

Here are latest dates if you would like to get involved in the Community gardening activities in Whitstable.

Library beds, Saturday 30th April, 10 till 12, planting session. All welcome.

Dirty Weekend, delivering compost to Stream Walk Community Garden, Saturday, May 21st.

The regular slots at the Stream Walk Community Garden are:

TTW slots, Monday and Wednesday mornings (contact Becka on 264 575).

Social Enterprise Kent (SEK, formerly Kent Enterprise Trust) will be there every Tuesday plus the third Saturday of every month.

Come and help at Whitstable’s new Stream Walk Community Garden

Volunteer Gardening!

Come and help create a fruit and vegetable garden from scratch at Whitstable’s new Stream Walk Community Garden.

Appleseed’s team will be at Stream Walk on the 3rd Saturday of every month (and a few more in April to get started) and every Tuesday to lead the work and make you welcome. Everyone is free to join in and to bring your ideas. Bring a spade and wear strong boots and gloves. Tea provided.


Saturday April 9th 10 – 3. Planting the jam, jellies and chutney hedge

Saturday April 16th 10am – 3pm. Building raised beds and filling them with compost. Planting fruit bushes.

April 23rd 10am – 3pm. Planting the beds with vegetable seeds and plants.

Other work this season will focus on vegetable growing, building a compost toilet, creating a pond, jam making and caring for young fruit bushes.

Appleseed is part of Kent Enterprise Trust– Improving lives by creating opportunities in the community.Phone 01227 844500 or email.

More info.

Permaculture Design Course May to July 2011

Southend in Transition are running a Permaculture Design Course May to July on alternate weekends. This is an excellent opportunity for anyone interested in sustainable living in tune with nature’s patterns and systems.

The course will cover:  Permaculture design methods • Surveying skills • Soils • Kitchen gardening • Climate and microclimate • Forest gardening • Bioregionalism • Community development • Systems thinking • Transition Towns • Green economics • Sustainable building, energy and transport • Urban permaculture • Plus much more…

The course will be held in a straw bale building at Growing Together, a community gardening project in Southend. The main course tutor is Graham Burnett, an established Permaculture expert as well as experienced teachers James Taylor and Claire White. Participants can get OCN accreditation for this course.

You can find out much more about the course here:

They are offering 2 places for the price of 1 for like-minded organisations, making this a great value opportunity!

Wildlife and Craft Courses 2011

Kent Enterprise Trust is running a number of outdoor course days on Hambrook Marshes, giving you the opportunity to learn about Kent’s abundant wildlife and how to use natural materials sustainably. You can learn in small relaxed groups from our knowledgeable teachers.

Most days start at 10am and continue to about 4pm, weather dependant. We provide teas, tools and materials, but we ask you to bring lunch, old clothes and suitable footwear.

Each workshop is limited to between 10 and 15 places, depending on the course. Last minute bookings are possible though we request you book as early as possible to save being disappointed! Please use the booking form below.

Short Course Programme for Hambrook Marshes (with booking form)