Visitors who come to the Green Valley Centre are made to feel very welcome with a host of interesting activities to engage in. Some like it so much, they come back as volunteers!
The centre regularly holds wildlife and conservation days, which people can join as group activity sessions or individuals. With the Green Valley site offering such a wide range of biodiversity habitats, days focus on either learning about the area’s diverse wildlife or more practical conservation and biodiversity monitoring activities.
Events are all about learning and having fun, with various course levels available throughout the year from beginner to advanced. Check our events timetable and see if there is anything for you.
Buy a Box of Fresh Veg
Our vegetable box scheme offers a range of high quality vegetables using organic growing principles throughout the growing season. Boxes come in a range of sizes to meet customers needs. A box can be purchased from the Green Valley Centre Vegetable Stall or ordered in advance for home delivery. We also welcome people who want to come to the Centre to pick their own veg from the ground, for the ultimate in fresh food experience. For further information follow the link to our produce and Veg Box pages by clicking HERE.
Countryside skills courses
If you want to learn some practical conservation and countryside skills, the Green Valley Centre is the place. Courses on offer include:
Countryside access construction (building paths, boardwalks, stone walling and bridges)
Hedgerow management for conservation
Wetland conservation management
Looking after riparian woodlands
Maintaining community orchards
Meadowland conservation for wildlife
Bee conservation and maintaining a pollinator garden
Please see our Events Timetable page for details of courses
Willow coppicing and craft weaving
We’re very fortunate at the Green Valley Centre to have a range of salix willow species, including the common and exceptionally useful Crack Willow. The Centre operates a system of coppice rotation that acts as a wonderful practical resource in terms of providing course learning materials. Two types of courses are available, mainly in the late Summer and Autumn months, which include:
- Coppicing for beginners
- Advanced coppicing techniques
- Weaving with Willow and Marketing Willow Products
Please check our Events Timetable page for details.
When you volunteer at the Green Valley Centre it’s always an interesting and rewarding experience, where you can meet like minded people and help us keep the Centre going. There’s never a dull moment and a variety of tasks exist from maintaining our wildlife and biodiversity areas to helping out in the vegetable gardens or supporting promotional events.
Everyone is welcome regardless of their level of knowledge or expertise, people can come as often or as little as they like. All contributions are very much welcomed!
Please get in touch with the Centre Manager if you’re interested. Details are available on our Contact Us page.
All volunteers and people who help out at the Green Valley site are able to join our Crop Share scheme. This entitles participants to regularly take home free vegetables from the Garden!
We are also in the process of setting up a membership based Community Agriculture Scheme, which enables anyone willing to make an upfront payment for their supply of vegetables throughout the year at a discounted rate. For this, people get a regular weekly food box and opportunities to engage in a range of local food promotion and community growing activities at the Green Valley site. If you’d like to express your interest, please contact us via the Contact Us page.
Apple and chutney weekends
Once a year it’s a time of great harvest at the Green Valley Centre, when all our orchards and other plants bear their fruit. Our main crop of apples goes into our veg boxes, however much is left to make chutneys and jams. It’s a real community event!
Using willow cuttings and other brush wood collected on site as a source of heat, we prepare our chutney on fine Autumn days in large cast iron pots over an open fire. There’s no shortage of Autumn fruits using apples from the orchard and end of season leftover green tomatoes. Everyone gets involved in the preparing, cooking and bottling process.
Depending on what’s available, we don’t just stop at chutney, as we use damsons, elderberries and collected rose hips to make a selection of jams and jellies. If it’s a good year with a plentiful supply of apples and pears, we even have a go at making cider and perry, which is usually ready in time for Christmas!
In the middle of a day’s events, lunch is provided and everyone gets to take a jar of jam or chutney home with them. If you’d like some information or are interested in joining us, just drop us a line via the Contact Us page.
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