Free Film Night - Short films on UK Permaculture projects

Tuesday 24th November from 7pm to 9pm
at the Herb Garden Café, Llandrindod

Produced by Permaculture People for Permaculture magazine, these 9 short films showcase a number of projects in the UK that demonstrate ecologically sound and regenerative land based practices.  The film on Natural Building is presented by Grand Design's Kevin McCloud. The films were released to coincide with the 12th International Permaculture Convergence held in London this September.

Discover how regenerative agriculture can rebuild soil and repair damaged farm ecosystems, see urban permaculture in action with permablitz and watch natural buildings being made from local resources in front of your eyes.  Get informed, get inspired, and get involved!  (Read more below for details)

Admission to the meeting is free. A donation will be requested to contribute to the costs of refreshments.

A poster to help promote this meeting is available to download.

Guest speaker: Tony Davies

Tuesday 27th October from 7pm to 9pm
at the Herb Garden Café, Llandrindod

The uplands of the Elan Valley has areas of an under-utilized grass, 'Molinia caerulea' (Purple moor grass, Molinia).  Molinia is a dominating species, and the spread of Molinia is having a damaging effect on species diversity, habitat quality, fire risk, access for recreation and agricultural productivity.

A project funded by the Welsh Government has been completed to look at methods of reducing the dominance of Molinia and the improvements to the habitat created by this removal. Experimentally processing the harvested biochar into Biochar has also been part of the project.

Biochar is produced through a process called pyrolysis that heats biomass with limited amounts of oxygen present. The carbon rich biochar resists degradation and can lock up carbon in soil for hundreds or even thousands of years.

Soil rich in biochar has improved water and nutrient retention and has potential commercial usage within the market garden and other growing sectors.

About the speaker

Tony Davies is a tenant farmer at Henfron Farm in the Elan Valley with a passion for renewable energy and sustainability. Tony is the fifth generation of the Davies family to farm at Henfron Farm, his ancestors having first moved to the farm in 1860. For more information please visit the Henfron Farm website.

Admission to the meeting is free. A donation will be requested to contribute to the costs of refreshments.

A poster to help promote this meeting is available to download.

Guest speaker: Andrew Twigger
Emergency Planning Officer, Powys County Council

Tuesday 22nd September from 7pm to 9pm
at the Herb Garden Café, Llandrindod

Pandemic Flu, Flooding, Severe Weather, and loss of Energy sources are among the major risks to the community. In his talk, Andrew will describe the various organisations that are involved nationally and locally in dealing with these risks. In particular he will cover the Dyfed Powys Local Resilience Forum, which has the responsibilty to plan for, respond to, and recover from emergencies in our area.

The Community Risk Register for the Dyfed Powys area assesses the most significant risks to the community, and Andrew will go through those that are most relevant in the Llandrindod area. As well as describing how the Emergency Planning services prepare to deal with these issues, he will look at how individuals and households can best prepare themselves to mitigate the impact of major events.

Admission to the meeting is free. A donation will be requested to contribute to the costs of refreshments.

A poster to help promote this meeting is available to download.

Guest speaker: Alan Macnaughton, SevernWye Energy Agency

Tuesday 25th August from 7pm to 9pm
at the Herb Garden Café, Llandrindod

Update - a copy of the slides from Alan's presentation is available to download.

Alan's talk will explore the opportunities for Community Carbon Saving schemes in Landrindod Wells.  In particular, he will be covering

  • the support available for community carbon saving schemes from SevernWye Energy Agency
  • the capacity needed within community organisations to take on small and large scale pojects
  • opportunities for Llandrindod

Alan has extensive experience working with community groups elsewhere in the UK and will talk about some of succesful carbon saving schemes that community groups have run, including

  • Zero Waste events
  • Love Food - Hate Waste
  • Waste audits and recycling
  • Carbon Footprinting
  • Thermal Imaging surveys
  • Community Renewable Energy schemes

Are you interested in doing something practical to reduce our town's Carbon Footprint?  Come along and share your ideas and contribute to the discussion.

Admission to the meeting is free. A donation will be requested to contribute to the costs of refreshments.

A poster to help promoted this meeting is available to download.

Tuesday 28th July from 7pm to 9pm

at the Herb Garden Café, Llandrindod

With guest speaker Roz Brown

Update: Permaculture and Forest Garden Information sheets are now available.

Fifteen years ago Martin Crawford moved from conventional organic gardening to creating a forest garden from a bare field.  Today Martin Crawford's garden is a fantastic example of what can be achieved with a minimum effort input to produce abundant crops of edible trees, plants, shrubs and ground cover.  In this film he takes us through the seasons of his garden and shows the huge range of plants that can be grown.

The film will be introduced by Roz Brown who will also be talking after the film about the close links between Permaculture and Transition.

We've watched this film over again when we want something gentle and inspiring ... and every time we've come away having focused on something that escaped us before.

Amazon reviewer

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