Free workshops to learn about the land
A series of free sustainable land use workshops are being planned near Balmaclellan, as part of the work of the Hidden Mill Permaculture LAND (Learning and Network Demonstration) Centre.
Propagate Community Interest Company, based on the Hidden Road in the Glenkens, has received funding through the ‘Our Heritage’ Small Grants Scheme, run by Galloway Glens.
The first event is ‘Wild Food & Plant Medicine’, which will take place on May 15 from 1-4pm.
Led by expert herbalist Alex Ross who has over 25 years’ experience, this event will give attendees an insight into the multiple benefits that our native herbs can deliver.
Alex has grown many of her own herbs and produces creams, teas and tinctures for her clients.
This ‘Wild Food & Plant Medicine’ workshop is the first of a series being proposed in coming months.
These are being organised with Covid-19 restrictions in mind, and national guidance will have to be assessed closer to each event date itself.
The second event is ‘Soil & Soul’ on July 31 from 11am-4pm which will deliver a day of soil building, getting mulchy, compost, biodiversity and good soil health.
Subsequent events include ‘Drystane Dyking’ on August 21 and ‘Scything’ on September 25.
Propagate founder member Abi Mordin said: “These workshops are all about connecting people to the land, to our natural heritage.
"We are offering experiences and learning in a range of skills which can help to develop resilience, as well as seeing land and nature through fresh eyes”
Galloway Glens team leader McNabb Laurie added: “So many of our modern-day ‘revelations’ about the natural world consist of things we used to know but the knowledge has simply been lost.
"These events seek to connect attendees to parts of our heritage that might have slipped from modern understanding or use.
"I am so grateful for our funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, with support from partners including the council’s Environment Team, for allowing these events to be supported.”
To book your free ticket for ‘Wild Food & Plant Medicine’ visit www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/wild-food-and-plant-medicine-tickets-150946028635