The Ins & Outs of Woodchip

Helen Browning's Royal Oak, Cues Lane, Bishopstone SN6 8PP, November 15, 2021 12:00 pm

Join Ben Raskin for a talk on the ins and outs of using woodchip on your farm or smallholding. Ben is Head of Horticulture and Agroforestry at the Soil Association and author of the new book The Woodchip Handbook  the first and only complete guide to sourcing and using woodchip. Ben will discuss how to source and make your own woodchip, as well as how to apply it as a mulch for weed control, water retention and temperature modulation – even disease control. He will also delve into what happens as woodchip breaks down, how you can make propagation compost from it and its many benefits to soil health.

There will be a light pub lunch served at The Royal Oak, followed by a tour of Helen Browning’s Eastbrook Farm, where you’ll get a chance to see the experimental agroforestry systems being trialled. You will also see how they are using woodchip as a mulch for the trees at Eastbrook, including the great accidental mulch experiment of 2018 (you won’t believe your eyes!).

You’ll also get a chance to look at and feel some big piles of woodchip in the delivery yard and hear how they manage the free deliveries they get from tree surgeons.

The Woodchip Handbook can be pre-ordered with your ticket at 35% off RRP and there will also be some copies available to purchase on the day. Click here to book your ticket!


Nicola Chester at Stanfords Bookshop

Stanfords, 7 Mercer Walk, Covent Garden WC2H 9FA, November 17, 2021 6:30 pm

Join us for an evening of passionate conversation with author Nicola Chester as she talks about her new book a stunning memoir On Gallows Down. Click here to book your tickets!


The Wonder of Woodchip – masterclass webinar for gardeners with Ben Raskin

Online, November 17, 2021 7:30 pm

Join us for a free masterclass webinar on the eco-conscious gardener’s new best friend, woodchip, with Ben Raskin, author of  The Woodchip Handbook the first complete “deep-dive”  reference guide to this valuable resource which is attracting so much attention.
All webinar participants will receive a very special 30% off the RRP of The Woodchip Handbook too!  Click here to book your free ticket!


Nicola Chester at New Networks for Nature

Widcombe Social Centre, Bath, Widcombe Hill, Bath BA2 6AA, November 19, 2021 7:00 pm

Nicola Chester and Amy-Jane Beer will be co-leading a session on short form nature writing at New Networks for Nature 2021 on Friday 19th November at 7 pm GMT. Click here to buy your tickets.


On Gallows Down: Nicola Chester in conversation with Rebecca Schiller

Waterstones Gower St, 82 Gower St, London WC1E 6EQ, November 24, 2021 12:00 am

Join us for an evening with author Nicola Chester who will be discussing her recent memoir, On Gallows Down, with Rebecca Schiller, author of Earthed. Click here to book your tickets!


The Wonders of Woodchip for Gardeners and Growers

Castle Gardens, New Road, Sherborne DT9 5NR, November 25, 2021 6:30 pm

Woodchip is often seen as just a simple mulch, yet Ben Raskin (author of the new book The Woodchip Handbook) shows that it can offer gardeners and growers so much more. Applying woochip can dramatically enhance soil health and plant growth and it can also be used as a carbon-rich compost ingredient to support beneficial fungi and microorganisms. Alongside being a powerful soil health booster, woodchip can be an important temperature buffer in those cold winter months and aid in water retention during summer droughts.

Join Ben Raskin, Head of Horticulture and Agroforestry at the Soil Association, for a talk and Q&A at Castle Gardens to discover the wide array of benefits to using woodchip on your garden or smallholding and how you can get the most out of it. Ben will draw on his extensive practical experience using woodchip to provide the latest research from around the world plus inspiring case studies from innovative growers.

His new book The Woodchip Handbook (out 4th Nov) is the first and only complete guide to sourcing and using woodchip and will be available for purchase on the night. Click here to book your tickets!

Doors open at 6:30pm for 7:30pm start.


Vicki Hird at Hay Festival Winter Weekend

Baillie Gifford Stage, Hay-on-Wye, November 28, 2021 1:00 pm

Click here to book an in-person or online ticket to watch Vicki Hird talk about her new book, Rebugging the Planet at Hay Festival Winter Weeekend!


Online Q&A with author Nicola Chester

Zoom, December 8, 2021 6:30 pm

Earthwatch Europe and Chelsea Green Publishing present a special evening with the celebrated nature writer Nicola Chester, whose memoir On Gallows Down was published on 7 October 2021.It’s a powerful, personal story shaped by a landscape deeply loved; one that ripples and undulates with protest, change, hope – and the search for home.

Join this free online event to hear about Nicola’s journey to belonging, which is indelibly linked with nature. Ask your own questions about her memoir, her experiences of nature and the process of charting a story that spans Nicola’s life with nature. Click here to register!

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