The Women’s Farm and Garden Association is renowned for the comprehensive programme of activities organised every year. Groups are limited in size to enable those attending to benefit from working closely with the tutor and other members of the group. The Association enjoys access to some of the best gardens in Britain and works with designers, gardeners and lecturers who are committed to promoting education. Tours and visits are designed to enable members to enjoy the experience whilst travelling alone at no extra cost involved. WFGA members receive priority for bookings and places are quickly snapped up, however there are opportunities for friends and family members to join tours and visits.
If you are not a member but there is an activity you would like to attend please ring the office to see if there are places available
To obtain the Application Form for all activities please place arrow pointer over the Programme bottom (top left) and click on Application Form.
To see pictures of some workshops and activities see www.wfga.wordpress.com
Programme of events
Vine Pruning Workshop, Biggleswade, Bedfordshire
Sunday 25th January 10 am - 4 pm.
Warden Abbey was founded in 1135 by Cistercian monks who cleared woodland and planted vineyards. These were abandoned in 1538 following the dissolution of the Abbey. The vineyards were replanted in 1986 and are now leased to Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity and Shuttleworth College as a joint community project.
This workshop will start with a presentation by Jane Markham on the theory of vine pruning, the aims of the community vineyard and what the project is trying to achieve.
The group will then visit the vineyard where Jane will demonstrate the techniques used in vine pruning and the types of grape grown. This will be followed by a ‘hands on session’ with everyone pruning vines.
The cost of this workshop is £40 per member, £50 per non member (members receive priority when booking), which will include hot refreshments throughout the day. Please wear sturdy footwear, warm gardening clothing and bring sharp secateurs and a packed lunch.
The size of the group will be restricted so please book early to ensure your place. Please complete the booking form below and send in with your signed cheque made payable to WFGA to 175 Gloucester St, Cirencester, Gloucestershire GL7 2DP.
Hedgelaying Workshop, Attingham Park, nr Shrewsbury, Shropshire
Sunday 1st February 9 am - 4 pm.
This workshop will take place within the park at Attingham, which has 370 acres of woodland, with a Grade One listed mansion built in 1785, now owned by the National Trust.
Karl Liebscher, the tutor for this workshop has over 30 years experience with hedges, working as a tutor and accredited with craftsman status by the National Hedgelaying Society, so the group is in good hands.
The style of hedge laying will be either Midland or Welsh border, all tools will be supplied for the day, please wear sturdy footwear and warm clothing. As the workshop is out in the Park, morning and afternoon refreshments will be difficult to arrange, so please bring a flask with you and a packed lunch. Toilet facilities and shelter for the lunch break are provided.
The cost of this workshop is £40 per member, £50 per non member (members will receive priority when booking). Numbers will be restricted so please book early to secure your place. Please complete the booking form and send in, with your signed cheque made payable to WFGA, to 175 Gloucester St, Cirencester, Gloucestershire GL7 2DB
You will receive confirmation of booking by email or post.
Workdays are hands-on experience - in different areas for different topics. These are held for our Members but please enquire at the office in Cirencester if you have a particular interest and would like to participate, and join WFGA to take advantage of the programme. Members can log in and obtain full details.
Workdays in the forthcoming programme include -
Rose Pruning - London 15th January