Wreath DIY at Saddlescombe

Christmas Wreaths National Trust 2015
Create your own Christmas wreath with materials collected from the downs. Take a festive walk and collect your holly and ivy. Return to historic Saddlescombe farm to make your very own Christmas decorations in front of log burning stoves. Mulled apple juice, mince pies and roast chestnuts will be included.

Three sessions available: 18th–20th December 2016, from 10:00am–12:00 noon. Booking essential.

Tree and Hedge Guidance

Tree and hedge guidanc
The West Sussex County Times recently had a somewhat helpful article on this topic. The WSCT article links, in turn, to a section of the WSCC website which is rather less useful since its focus is on what WSCC is meant to do rather than what is expected of private landowners. Luckily, Dorset County Council has produced a model flyer on the topic which is worth downloading (the illustration above comes from that flyer).

Mycology on Wolstonbury Hill

Inedibilia
Friday 13th October 2017 from 9:30 to 15:00. The order of the day: 9:30am meet at Saddlescombe; 10:00am go out hunting for fungi in Wolstonbury woods and across open downland; 12:00 noon lunch, with glorious views across Sussex; 2:00pm return to Saddlescombe Farm for a cup of tea and cake in the new heated barn; 2:15pm go through our finds with expert mycologist, Martin Allison and look at some of the more interesting species under the microscope; 3:00pm finish. Booking essential.

Fungal Foray

The Devil's Dyke fungi hunt - part 1
Join mycologist Martin Allinson for a day of recording as many species of fungi as possible across Newtimber Hill on Friday 6th October from 9:30am to 3:00pm. Wear suitable clothing and bring lunch. Tea and cake will be served upon return to Saddlescombe. Supervised children are welcome. Booking essential. Click the image for more information.

Poynings Apple Day

The Poynings Apple Press
Sunday 17th September in Poynings Village Hall. Apple pressing starts at 11:30am. Have your own apples pressed at 50p per litre. Bring your own containers or buy one litre bottles at 25p each. Wash your apples beforehand or wash them on site.

Best Apple Crumble Competition: entries 11:00am–1:00pm in the Village Hall (£1.00 per entry); judging 1:00pm–2:00pm (followed by trophy presentation). Open to Poynings, Fulking and Newtimber residents.

Refreshments, stalls, apple bobbing, raffle prizes very welcome.

Sheila Marshall (01273 857482)

Saddlescombe Farm nominated for CPRE award

Saddlescombe Farm award

Saddlescombe Farm is run by tenant farmers, Camilla and Rory Puzey who open their doors to the public for lambing weekends and educational visits throughout the year. They also offer a unique Shepherd for the Day experience and Green Gym sessions which encourage people to get fit by doing conservation work. The couple say the shepherding idea came from a friend. The idea quickly developed and now the farm holds a variety of shepherding experiences for individuals, couples and families — there are even corporate team building events which conclude with a Shepherding Challenge.

Small Dole Flower Show

Probably not grown in Small Dole
From 1:30pm–5:00pm on Saturday August 12th 2017 in the Mackley Sports Field. There will be a dog show, stalls from local charities and societies, amusements for children, music from the Patcham Silver Band and refreshments. The marquee will hold displays of oddly shaped vegetables, local produce, handicrafts, art, photography, cooking and flowers. The Bert & Vera Fish Cup will be awarded for the best dahlia exhibit.