• Sat
    10am-4pmWalled Garden Packing Shed Hardwick Estate Whitchurch-on-Thames Reading RG8 7RD

    Principles, techniques and tips for making and using your own high-quality compost from kitchen and garden materials
    This workshop is aimed at beginner or more experienced gardeners who wish to develop their skills in organic, sustainable gardening techniques and want to learn more about compost making.
    What will you learn?
    This workshop will take you through the basics, deal with your queries and build your confidence to make your own compost. It will involve both a theoretical and a practical session and introduce participants to key essentials, including:
    - what are the benefits and values of compost
    - how to produce quality compost for home-grown garden cropping
    - identify suitable materials and their sourcing
    - learn about different composting systems
    - look into needed equipment
    - how to build the compost heap
    - how to manage a compost heap
    - how to use your compost
    Part of a series of workshops at Tolhurst Organic CIC to learn to grow, cook and preserve your own food. Each month, we explore and develop food-related skills – from planning a vegetable garden to harvesting and preserving your produce.
    Price £70/person. Price includes a home grown, vegetarian lunch and take-home bag of our woodchip compost.
    To book your place, click here.
    We can cater for special dietary requirements - please contact us directly at least 7 days before the workshop.
    We offer GIFT VOUCHERS valid for any workshops organised by Tolhurst Organic, should you wish to give one and let the recipient choose their own date and topic.
    We may be able to offer a number of SUBSIDISED PLACES for young growers and those on low income. Please enquire.

  • Sun
    12 noon - 4PMHardwick Estate Walled Gardens

    The VINTAGE theme returns at this family oriented popular event. We will be offering all things strawberry at the farm, for all customers, local community and beyond. Visitors are encouraged to dress accordingly.

    Somebody will be there to do your hair "vintage style".

    And get ready for a day of sumptuous strawberry sweets, strawberry ice cream, salads, soups and wood fired pizza.

    Children's entertainment with lovely Lori of Bardica Theatre.

    Vintage-decorated stalls, licensed bar and free workshops for everyone.

    We also have a vintage book for sale "Growing Strawberries Organically", written by Iain Tolhurst in 1986.

    Short talk on growing strawberries, varieties and pest control by Iain Tolhurst at 2PM.

    Entry is £4.00 per adult, children under 12 come free.

    Information for stall holders: if you wish to sell your goods at the Fayre, please send us the Application Form