Flora locale Training Programme

The Flora locale training programme is created for people involved in the design, management and restoration of wild plants and landscapes for biodiversity, whether on a farm, smallholding, village green, city park or garden.  Each event is led by an individual with practical experience and provides an informal opportunity for participants to learn from an expert and each other. For further details and a full list of national events: www.floralocale.org.

All events must be booked in advance.  There is a booking form on their website or from info@floralocale.org or book and pay on-line at www.floralocale.org.  All events are charged at the  standard fees unless otherwise stated (£100 per person; £75 per person for employees/volunteers of charities, parish councils, fulltime students and those not economically active)

Here’s a selection of courses from the programme.  There are many more on their web site.

Grassland restoration for new owners and managers

Friday 8 June, 2-5pm, Location: Mold, Flintshire
Facilitator: Alun Evans
This event is aimed at people who are new to grassland management and who are interested in increasing wild flowers in their fields. Different restoration techniques will be considered and there will be an opportunity to visit a nearby flower-rich grassland SSSI. This event is FREE but places are limited so booking is essential.  Ref W1

Gardening for bugs, bumblebees and butterflies

Fee £40   Concession for Buglife/Butterfly Conservation members £25
Thursday 14 June, Location : Chepstow, Monmouthshire
Facilitator: Marc Carlton
This event will look at the needs of pollinating insects, and ways in which gardens can be planted to attract a wide range of pollinators. We will be discussing the role of non-native garden flowers and ways of using wild flowers in a garden setting. How different classes of insects (e.g. bumblebees, butterflies, moths, hoverflies, beetles) use flowers as a food source will be discussed, and the way in which some kinds of flowers are adapted to serve specific insects. There will be a visit to a local private garden which has been planted to encourage pollinating insects.This event concentrates on our wild insect fauna and does not cover beekeeping.   Ref W2

Grassland habitat management and restoration

Tuesday 17 July, Location:  Llanwrda, Carmarthenshire
Facilitator: Ivy Denham, Conservation and trees*
A day looking at the management options for wildflower meadows, grassland restoration and the use of horses in conservation grazing. This will be field based on a small working livestock farm, with examples of hay meadows, pasture, ungrazed areas, rhos pasture (marshy grassland) and areas in transition.  The event will include some walking; much of this will be over uneven ground, steep slopes, tussocky and wet terrain.  Ref W5

Restoring native woodlands and managing open glades

Tuesday 25 September, Location: Carmarthenshire
Facilitator: Ivy Denham, Conservation and trees*
A field based event looking at the restoration of native broad leaved woodland, from a conifer plantation, using sensitive management. In addition, we will be covering the management of open glades as wild meadows within an ungrazed woodland, and the importance of the whole site as a habitat   This event will include very rough and wet ground in places.  Ref W6

Restoring and managing old orchards

Wednesday 26 September, Location : Bewdley, Worcestershire
Facilitiator: Wade Muggleton, Wyre Community Land Trust
Learn how to maintain and care for the veteran trees in a traditional orchard to provide a vital habitat for rare wildlife, including the Noble Chafer beetle. Look at how to conduct tree surveys for wildlife interest. Understand the role of orchards in the landscape and heritage of the Worcestershire area. Learn first-hand (under supervision) traditional pruning techniques to prolong the life of fruit trees in old orchards, including developing a pruning plan and safe working methods. There will also be discussion of how good management and new planting can rejuvenate old orchards to provide an excellent wildlife habitat and delicious fruit. Topics to be covered will include grafting, selecting rootstock, pollination, planting and aftercare, tree surveys for wildlife interest.  Ref M2

*www.conservationandtrees.co.uk

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