Seasonal Foraging at Littlewood

**FIRST SESSION IS FOR BIODIVERSITY WEEK – SATURDAY 18TH MAY 2024**

A practical biodiversity session discovering our native plant species that grow wild in our meadows and hedgerows. Learn how to forage sustainably and create wonderful wild foods and plant medicine through simple recipes cooked on the fire. 

Date: Saturday 18th May, Saturday 29th June, Saturday 21st September 2024.

Time start: 10-2pm

Forest School Themed Summer Camps 2024

We are extremely excited to be returning with our Forest School themed Summer Camps at An Choill Beag, Donadea, Co. Kildare!

We will be offering 4 days of time in nature, including free play, woodland crafts, den building, rope work, nature crafts, and a mud area, to name a few.

The dates of the camps are:

Camp 1: Monday 8th July – Thursday 11th July 2024.

Camp 2: Monday 22nd July – Thursday 25th July 2024.

Spoon Making with Ross Wareham

This beginners / intermediary course will enable you with the skills and knowledge to confidently carve your own wooden spoon.

Date: Saturday 10th August 2024

Location: Growing Wild @ Littlewood, Donadea, Co. Kildare

Spaces: 10 places

Cost: 75e

Creating Living Willow Structures

Come and enjoy a day to get to know the amazing plant that is willow. We will get to know it and learn how to create and build a simple fence and living structure with it. 

You will learn how to erect a simple living fence or fedge, along with the principles for other structures. This one-day course is aimed at beginners but will be accessible to those with some experience too.

Date: Saturday 9th November 2024

Time: 11-3pm

Brigid 1500 – Weaving the Land

Artist Helena Doyle and myself, Lucy Bell of Growing Wild have funding to run a series of 4 workshops this autumn 2024, we’re hoping to create a journey over the four sessions to immerse people in natural weaving linked to the pagan goddess Brigid, bringing in elements from stories of Brigid such as her skirt and cloak, we will spend time exploring natural fibres, crafting and weaving around the fire, exploring and using willow and other natural materials, making natural twine, God’s eyes and simple coil pots among others.

Email me if you’re interested in being part of this project.

This project is funded by Brigid 1500 through Kildare County Council.

The sessions will take place in September and October 2024.

Thoughts at the end…

I have recently bought my own house with some land here beside Gilltown bog in North Kildare in 2021 and am starting to run courses here.

I have load of ideas, which I would like to offer over time, I have my various thoughts listed below. If you are interested in anything do let me know!

My Ideas so far:

I was thinking of running a Saturday morning ‘intro to grow your own food’ class. Other possibilities are intro to seedsaving, the wonders of willow, creating a biodiversity friendly garden, native hedgerow planting and how to plant a woodland, among other ideas! If you would be interested in taking part in a class, please email me at the email below. I am also open to suggestions of classes that could happen here!

Possible topics covered on the ‘grow your own food’ course: how to grow your own food, looking at planning and setting up your veg patch, what you can grow when, soil and fertility, crop rotation plans, harvesting and putting your beds to rest for winter.

Other course ideas: Planting fruit trees and bushes, how to plant trees and set up a small woodland area, designing your garden for nature and other biodiversity and habitat projects. Various bushcraft topics.

Whether you are a beginner or a more experienced gardener, these courses will be tailered to all levels.

If you are interested please email me!

Hope to see you on the land soon…