‘Greet the Trees’ Summer term (for community)

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£10 drop-in per family, or Adults £35 for 4 week block (children free)

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Mondays 4pm-6pm in 4 week blocks including:

April 22nd, April 29th, May 13th, May 20th,

June 3rd, June 10th, June 17th, July 1st.

About the course

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Who is this course suitable for?

  • This course is suitable for adults and accompanied children, both beginners level and those with more experience in nature connection.

The course will cover

  • Learn how to identify and forage seeds from native trees
  • Foraging and plant lore
  • Learn a variety of tree songs and stories
  • Learn how to process the tree seeds to prepare them for germination.
  • Connecting more with local community

With gratitude to the People’s Project in partnership with The National Lottery for supporting this course.

About the tutors

Pippa Johns: Pippa has 25 years experience of working with land, designing and making ecological gardens that produce food for people alongside providing habitat for abundant wildlife and building soils. She has worked on Organic farms and smallholdings and has taught Permaculture for over 20 years. Pippa is passionate about inspiring people to develop their own connection to a piece of land to grow food for families and communities. She has designed and taught on Permaculture design courses, been a tutor for the Permaculture Diploma and developed her own courses in ecological gardening and connection gardening. She has created the first Children’s Forest tree nursery, facilitating children to grow native trees from local seed, for planting Children’s Forests. 

Erica Shorter: Erica has been learning and playing in nature as a Forest School Leader and Nature Connection Mentor for over 10 years. She is happiest wandering barefoot in the forest and brings a flavour of deep nature connection into her work with children and adults. She is informed and inspired by the 8 Shields and is passionate about creating spaces for people to feel deeply connected with nature and their inner landscapes.

Jack Durtnall Jack is a musician, nature connection facilitator and forest school leader who came to nature connection work through an innate love for nature and folk song, inspired by the life-work of Jon Young and the 8 Shields. Jack’s background is in music. As well as his role leading workshops and facilitating on plantings, Jack co-leads the Children’s Forest Tree Choir and is part of the team bringing through the Song Forest project. Jack is part of the Folkadelix band, hosts a monthly jam session at the Hop Yard in Forest Row and performs solo shows.


Upcoming courses

September 21st 2024, 10-3pm

Autumn Equinox Community Celebration

Adults £25-£50 (sliding scale), children £5

We will gather together at the Autumn Equinox to celebrate the land and the bounty of the years harvest. Wandering together we will learn about tree and plant lore as we gather wild berries and nuts, celebrating the gifts they provide through song and story. Bringing together home grown vegetables from the Spring Rise garden with the wild food we have foraged, we will cook stew on the fire as we craft.

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September 28th 2024, 10-3pm

Seed Song & Tending; Community day

Adults £25-£50 (sliding scale), children £5

Join us to wander the land & gather tree seeds. Meet some of our native trees & learn about their ecology, lore, food & medicine through song & story. We will gather fruits & nuts for food, and tend to the trees at the Children's Forest on this land.

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October 26-27th 2024, 10-4pm

Forests From Seed: 2-day workshop (for adults)

Standard fee: £85, Supporters fee: £100, Supported / concessionary fee: £65.

Located at our small tree nursery, participants will learn how to set up their own, for a school, forest school, community or even in their garden. We will learn how to respectfully forage, process and germinate tree seeds and also to use the fruits and nuts for food and medicine. We will look at different ways of treating various kinds of seed in order to germinate and grow them into saplings and how to tend the growing trees for optimal health of future forest plantings.

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