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Barn Events and Workshops

Join us for events at the Barn that will challenge, entertain and delight you, your family and friends.

Creative workshops in music and four part harmony, willow weaving and apple grafting will be delivered in the spectacular surroundings of the Medieval Barn.

Enjoy a picnic on the lawn before witnessing one of Shakespeare’s famous comedies or before meeting Lewis Carroll’s Alice in her magical world of fantastic creatures.

We invite you to explore and learn about the Barn, its grounds and our continuing regeneration programme.

Come and enjoy this wonderful piece of heritage.


Events and Workshops at the Barn :



Spring 2018


Saturday 3 March 2018 - Apple Grafting Courses and Workshops - 10am - 4pm


Apple Grafting

This apple grafting workshop will again be offered in 2018. The course will explain why we graft, how it works and illustrate some of the techniques involved. It will then involve individual hands on work in learning to sharpen knives, cut the wood in the correct way and prepare the cut wood for grafting. Then comes the key moment, that of making your own graft from start to finish, ending up with a new apple tree. There will be the opportunity to make at least three grafts, there may be additional root stocks on which to make further grafts at a small cost.

The workshop will again be run by Ben Raskin, Head of Horticulture at the Soil Association who is a very experienced horticulturalist and from personal experience an excellent tutor. All participants on the 2017 course rated all aspects as excellent.

Once you have learnt to graft you will have the whole world of varieties available to you to be able to grow yourself.

We will provide some common varieties for grafting. If you have a favourite that you wish to propagate then bring your own wood to graft. If you know of a particular variety that you wish to propagate, but do not have wood, please let us know and we will attempt to procure some scion wood. The only equipment you will need will be a very sharp knife, e.g. a Stanley Knife.

The cost will be £45 which include provision of three rootstocks and tea, coffee and biscuits at various intervals during the day.

This course would make a very suitable present.

The workshop is limited to 8. If demand is sufficient, it may be repeated the following weekend.

For enquiries, please telephone 0117 957 4921


Apple Grafting Poster




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