Volunteer Days

Now the days are short and cold and lunch in the outdoor kitchen is not so fun anymore! So until March we will now only be open on Thursday mornings from 9 – 12:30. This will give us time each week to harvest a few veg, chop some wood and keep up with winter jobs.

Midwinter Celebration

On Thursday 21st of December we’ll celebrate the shortest day of the year by decorating the Walnut Tree with candles. Please come along and bring warm clothes and nibbles, nightlight candles and jam jars. We’ll get a good fire going, drink some mulled juice, and admire the candles as it gets dark. 3 – 5pm at Velwell Orchard. Let us know if you’re coming and share transport or walk where possible.

Rural Skills Courses

If you’re interested in learning rural skills such as hedge laying, dry stone walling, coppicing, laying cobblestones, or building with cob, the Devon Rural Skills Trust is the first port of call. Their courses are incredibly good value for money and extremely popular so you need to book quite far in advance.

This year’s cob course will be here at Velwell Orchard on the 5th of May. To see what else is on and book courses with the DRST please click here: https://www.drst.org.uk/pg/Diary.aspx?c=1

Also in May, I’ll be teaching a weekend scythe course here at Velwell Orchard, the dates have yet to be confirmed but please contact me if you are interested. For more details click here: https://velwellorchard.org/events/scythe-course/

I am also running a couple of two-day hedgelaying courses up at Widecombe-in-the-Moor, for the Dartmoor Hill Farm Project. The dates are the 18th and 19th of December, and the 5th and 6th of February. Courses are suitable for novice, intermediate and advanced students. Please contact David Attwell for more information: 01822 890912 / 07895 230013. Email: dattwell@dartmoor.gov.uk