New course added – Woodland Management Training

Details have just been added to the calendar for a new workshop/training event. This is a Woodland Management Training course which takes place in March and places are limited so if interested get in touch with the organiser as soon as possible. Full details can be found on the Woodland Management Training event page or …

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Would you like to be part of a TV documentary?

A television production company in London (Pi Productions) are looking for people who are planning to make a major relocation in order to change their lifestyle and run a business. Ideally this would be a lifestyle or rural business, for example, a smallholding, a B&B or holiday let cottages, a country pub, or even a …

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Gathering input for the Defra Smallholders focus groups

There will be 2 NPS members attending the Defra Smallholders focus group next month so we would like to gather any relevant comments from other members as well. These will be collated and those attending can ensure as many of them as possible are raised during the discussions. The following initial concerns were noted during …

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Invitation to Defra focus groups for smallholders

Do you keep livestock? Would you like to share your views? Defra is interested in understanding the issues for smallholders and hobby farmers keeping animals. They are organising focus groups, run by independent academics, and are looking for smallholders to be part of groups of 6-9 people. The discussions in the groups will be summarised …

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Another rush management workshop

Back by popular demand, a second rush management workshop has been arranged at the RSPB reserve at Geltsdale. It will be run by Ian Cairns who has spent many years working for SAC and is providing this workshop for FREE. Under discussion will be different ways of managing rush: cutting, weed-wiping, strimming etc. Plus, other …

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Official membership forms are now available

It is now possible to download the official North Pennines Smallholders membership application form via this link: NPS – membership form Everyone in the North Pennines (and beyond) with an interest in smallholding of any form is welcome to join the group. Simply return a completed form and arrange for payment of the annual fee. Ideally all fees …

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Reminder – wildflower seed planting workshop

This is just a quick reminder that the final seed planting workshop is on Saturday 10th October at High Forest community centre and there will be tea and cakes provided. The earlier planting workshop went really well at the end of August, thanks very much to those that attended. People have been out and about since then collecting …

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Update on future member events

During recent committee meetings there has been much discussion about arranging events for members over the Autumn and Winter months. The following events are at the most advanced planning stages but any specific dates will be pending final confirmation: Late October Following on from the success of the summer BBQ at Whitfield in August, a Halloween bonfire evening …

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