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> 1. Oct Plants For A Future newsletter
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> Subject: Oct Plants For A Future newsletter
> The latest PFAF newsletter is below. Appologies
> if you get this more than once. The newsletter is also
> arailable in Word format with some nice pictures. Send me an email
> if interested.
> Plants For A Future News October 03
> Educational events planned for the field
> Our Cornish site, the Field, has been going from strength to strength
> lately. Frank left a great legacy and injected great energy into the
> site which is still being built on today. Two new volunteers, Simon and
> Jane are now regular volunteers and there has been a string of
> volunteers coming for a week or so. We also have plans to try and get
> the catalogue moving and start work on an intensive productive woodland
> garden to really show a good model of the system. But even more
> excitingly Phil has been hard at work talking with the Workers
> Educational Association, Bodmin (WEA) and St Austell College (SAC) to
> organise a number of courses. For more details on any of these events
> please contact Phil James on 01208 873623.
> Moor and Seaside Gardening (WEA) Sat 24/Jan/04 or Sat 7/Feb/04 10am-4pm.
> It is for women only and is being taught by Glyn White. Date to be
> An Introduction to Woodland Gardening (SAC) Wed 17/March/04 and Wed
> 31/March/04. Open to St. Austell College students as an Enrichment
> Wildlife and Wildflower Gardening (WEA) Sat 20/March/04, 10am-4pm. Women
> only, tutor: Terry Geater.
> Environmental Awareness Day (PFAF) Sat 27/March/04. We are hoping to
> have stalls from a variety of organisations, tours of the land and
> perhaps some entertainment. *** A Great chance to visit the Field ***
> Winter Salad Garden (WEA) Fri 9/April/04 > -> Mon/12/04. Open to all. Four
> 5-hour sessions.
> Winter Salad Garden follow up sessions (PFAF) . Sat 23/May/04, Sat
> 19/June/04 Sat 10/July/04. Each of these sessions will be 5 hours long.
> The Bountiful Woodland Edge Garden (WEA) Sat 30/Oct/04, Sun 31/Oct/04,
> Sat 13/Nov/04, Sun 14/Nov/04. Open to all. Four 5-hour sessions. We are
> also hoping to have 2 follow up sessions to this course in 2005.
> Monthly work weekends at Blagdon
> The last year has been a fallow year for Blagdon, we felt it was time to
> take a step back and contemplate the future direction of the site and
> the project as a whole. See the Big Pow Wow overleaf for details. Next
> year we hope to get things moving again. We will be holding a monthly
> work party and meeting at the Blagdon Site on the second weekend of each>
> month. The weekends will run from Friday night to Monday morning and all
> are welcome to attend at any time.
> The dates of the are: 10/11 Jan, 14/15 Feb, 13/14 March, 10/11 April
> (may be a week later to avoid clash), 8/9 May, 12/13 June, 10/11 July,
> 14/15 August, 11/12 Sept, 9/10 Oct, 13/14 Nov and 11/12 Dec.
> The work groups will focus on the Welcome Garden, which is the first
> garden you will see when you enter the site and includes the area around
> the Visitors Centre. This will be very important for giving a good first
> impression of the site. In December we will be doing the landscaping to
> prepare the area of the garden, fill in the old entrance with a new
> hedge and work on our access track.
> This winter we are also focusing on regenerating our coppice woodland
> and maintaining our new planting. The coppice is about 4 acres that has
> not been managed for 30 years; we intend to cut it right back so that in
> ten years time we will have a productive hazel coppice. The new planting
> of 20,000 tree will be "beaten up" (i.e. cleared of clearing
> undergrowth, maintenance of trees and fixing fencing) to give the trees
> a helping hand and we will also need to do some re-stocking to replace
> losses and fill out some of the spaces. These trees were planted five
> years ago and we appear to have very few losses and the alders have done
> very well. However the deer have been munching many of the other trees.
> Blagdon: time for the big pow-wow
> Its an America Indian tradition that the bigger the decision the more
> people should be consulted and the longer it should take. For the
> biggest decisions, such as going to war they would have to consult every
> member of the tribe and take several years to decide.
> Plants for a Future is at such a decision stage as to the future
> direction of the charity and the Blagdon site. The past five years at
> Blagdon have been very mixed, with a string of successful events but
> many problems. We have now come to the realisation that the site cannot
> continue in its current state and that major decisions need to be made.
> We are now in a six-month consultation phase reviewing the major
> options. As loyal supporters of the charity we would welcome your input
> on the subject.
> There are a number of different options we available:-
> · Pursue a major fundraising strategy to secure large sums to finance a
> permanent visitors centre and the staff to run it.
> · Try to build a new core group of local people who are prepared to put
> in a regular commitment to run the site.
> · Reduce the size of the Blagdon site to a more manageable level and
> sell or lease other parts of the site to like-minded groups or
> · Concentrate all our energy on the field in Cornwall the database,
> website, a plant catalogue and core charity activities (getting the mail
> answered promptly!) The field is now feeling a more positive place and
> there is exciting news about courses and events there. Possible putting
> some of the excess from the sale into other groups pursuing similar
> · Become two separate groups with full independence of both sites.
> · Change the nature of the site so it becomes a more community based
> project, concentrating on making the site financially self-sustaining by
> say running a catalogue or community composting. This might put the
> demonstration gardens aspect of the site on hold for a while.
> People are perhaps the most important resource; if the site is going to
> flourish then more people need to become involved. We identified a
> number of key roles that would be needed in a new look Blagdon:
> · Head Gardener: responsible for maintaining and developing the
> demonstration gardens.
> · Volunteer/Training Co-ordinator: responsible for supporting
> volunteers, organising events courses etc.>
> · Plant Catalogue Manager: responsible for setting up and running
> our plant catalogue.
> · Broadscale Site Manager: responsible for the larger scale
> aspects of the site, such as the woodland, paths, camping facilities and
> wildlife areas.
> · Community Liaison Officer: responsible for building links with
> the community, for example through community composting and school
> · Outreach officer: to run our presence at shows and events and
> coordinate our regional representative and regional garden program.
> · All round office super-hero: to develop our publications,
> getting the mail answered on time etc.
> · Project manager: to co-ordinate all the above roles, develop
> business plans and manage the development of a permanent visitors
> These roles are not set in stone if anyone has interesting ideas then we
> would be happy to support them. If we have sufficient interest in these
> roles then we will start submitting bids to secure funding for these
> The other major question we are looking at is selling or leasing various
> parts of the site. We would want to keep the first field for the
> visitors centre and demonstration gardens. But there are a number of
> other fields which we would like to see used.
> · The native woodland: we would be happy to break this up into
> small packets, but only on the strict prevision that they be kept as
> woodland, managed sustainably, and possibly used for traditional
> woodland crafts. So if you ever fancied owning your own bit of woodland
> now is your chance!
> · The orchard field, this is southwest facing so is idea for
> growing fruit crops but beware: like most of the site it has a heavy
> clay soil and is very moist.
> · The retreat field, this field already has the beginnings of a
> meditation garden and a tree bog and is an ideal place to hold outdoor
> camps and events.
> · The community field, we have outline planning permission for 28
> holiday chalets here, there are ideas for building some small retreat
> spaces/camping barns here. Could you do something with this field?
> · The camping field/lake. The lowest part of the site. There are
> plans for a lake here.
> · The working field. This is where we plan to have our
> agricultural shed and poly tunnels and has the best access. We would be
> happy to lease parts of the field to small scale plant based
> enterprises, such as willow coppicing.
> Each field is about ten acres, we would like to insure that they are
> managed is a sustainable and vegan way (sorry no chickens!) We would
> probably also like to retain access rights through most of the site. Our
> overriding objective is to ensure that the land is used well.
> We are now looking for anyone interested in the options above. Hopefully
> we will have an AGM at some point, but day yet to be fixed. Please get
> in touch either by email to webmaster@..., writing to 1 Lerryn
> View, Lerryn, Lostwithiel, Cornwall, PL22 0QJ or by phone to 01208 872
> Immediate opportunities: we have a very urgent need for office
> assistance to get our mail answered on time. This could either be in
> Lerryn or at your own home, but you would need to be close to either
> site. We also need a third charity trustee to help oversee the work of
> the charity.
> Nearly there with the database
> A interim release of the database is now out. This features 7417 plants
> in it and 400 photos and a web-browser based interface. However its is
> still in a half-way stage, with the old MS-Access versions without
> pictures and a set of static webpages with photos (pretty much like the
> website but limited search capacity). The other big change has been the
> creating of a new Medicinal Use Rating field, which ranks plants
> according to how useful they are medicinally. This will be available for>
> download from our website www.comp.leeds.ac.uk/pfaf/D_obtain.html.
> The next project will hopefully be to put our 300 medicinal herb
> factsheets into a nice package on CD-ROM.
> Plant Catalogues
> The first signs have been seen of a stock of plants being available from
> PFAF, but so far these are only a few plants for a special order for the
> East London Medicinal Herb Garden. Who knows there might even be a
> catalogue next year!
> In the mean time we are now working with some other partner nurseries
> who can supply many PFAF style plants. Some of the profits from these
> nurseries will be donated to PFAF if you mention our name while
> Wildwood Nurseries (WW)
> Lower Manor Cottage
> EX22 7DD
> Email: lorna@...
> Phone 01409 261324 Fax 01409 261324
> Distribution: UK
> How to order: Direct from Wildwood by email/phone
> Last Updated: March 03
> Forever Trees Nursery (FT)
> Denbury Road
> TQ12 5TR
> Phone 01803 814098 Distribution: UK
> How to order: Direct from Forever Trees
> Last Updated: March 03
> Cool Temperate Nurseries (CT)
> 10 Ivy Grove
> NG7 7LZ
> Email: philcorbett53@...
> Phone 0115 847 8302 Fax 0115 847 8302
> Distribution: UK
> How to order: Direct from Cool Temperate by email/phone
> Notes: Many Trees supplied on their own rootstock
> Last Updated: April 03
> (List of plants deleted, see website for details
> Plants for a Future: 7000 useful plants
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