Gardening Naturally

Wednesday 15 September 7.30pm

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Saving the planet begins at home! Using our own little patch productively is probably the best way many of us can help to protect the environment. Our two speakers will leave plenty of time to answer your questions, so be ready to ask them!

Speaker 1 Trevor Davies

Trevor Davies – Master composter

Trevor has long been interested in environmental issues but never quite succeeded in making good garden compost. In 2008 Garden Organic offered Shropshire’s first Master Composters training course. Trevor grasped this opportunity and after completing the course, and sorting out his own heap, he has spent the last 13 years advising and mentoring budding gardeners from ages 8 to 80 in the art of making good garden compost.

Trevor, a member of the Rotary Club of The Wrekin, has been an active Rotarian since 1991.
He is a Past District Governor and is currently Environmental Officer for the 52 Rotary clubs in Shropshire and Staffordshire.”

Speaker 2 Ian Johnstone

Ian Johnstone – no-dig practitioner

Ian says he became fascinated by permaculture and soil health during lock-down with his daughter. “No-dig techniques helped us create a sizeable vegetable plot over an area that was formerly concrete footing. No amount of digging could have converted that patch of land into the bountiful plot we ended the year with!”

Ian will speak about his Green Rivers project, which is of interest to everyone who grows (or would like to grow) their own vegetables naturally. He will explain how he got into permaculture and the no-dig movement and how his own project has benefited from it.

He will share with us what went well (and what didn’t!) and consider the way ahead for soil improvement projects.

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