Archive for September, 2011

Alexis Rago ceramic in situ at St Wilfrid's Church, Low MarnhamOur second Trent Vale Church Art taster day was another great success held at St Wilfrid’s Church, Low Marnham on Friday 16 September.

The art days have been partly organised by Nottinghamshire County Council and Lincolnshire County Council and this one follows from the first day held at St Paul’s Church in Morton.

Friday was a great day, we had a walkaround tour of St Wilfrid’s Church, some very interesting talks about the work of the Churches Conservation Trust, the Open Churches initiative and Southwell and Nottingham Church History Project and learned lots about medieval church art from Dr John Lord.

Lunch was a very pleasant affair prepared by members of the local community and was followed by six very interesting talks from local artists, covering needlework, stone masonry, glass, photography, painting and ceramics. It was a busy day and feedback from participants said it was ‘thoroughly enjoyed’ and ‘inspirational’. We hope to follow up with future more in-depth art workshops in the new year.


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Apples from the St Anns AllotmentsThe St Anns Allotments in Nottingham with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund Awards for All is just completing a project exploring and preserving the fruit tree heritage of the gardens. The end goal of the project is the distribution of propagated fruit trees out into the local and regional community.

The Allotments, which are really Victorian detached town gardens, have an incredible living heritage – particularly in the plants and fruit trees. A recent survey estimated that there are around 2,000 fruit trees on the site, most thought to pre-date the Second World War and many much older still.

Samples of fruit were collected for identification in autumn 2009. Over 120 varieties of apple and 47 varieties of pear were identified, many of Victorian origin and some quite rare, with names such as Mère de Ménage, Wangy Down and Golden Spire.

Many of these trees have now been propagated onto new rootstock to produce about 2,000 young trees to distribute out into the community, free of charge, as part of the propagation programme. These trees have been grown on in the nursery at St Anns and, although small, will soon be ready to go to new homes in Notts and Lincs.

Some will go to the very local community around St Anns, but it is hoped some will also be distributed throughout Notts and Lincs. Ideally the trees should be enjoyed by as many people as possible, and so perfect homes would include nature reserves, community orchards, village greens, parks, farms offering access to the public, school grounds etc. but the project would also consider giving some out to private landowners too. The trees are on a variety of rootstock, but mainly M26 which produces a relatively standard sized tree. There are some trees on M25 rootstock which is a very vigorous rootstock that will produce much larger trees. We would really like to find homes for some of these M25 trees, too, particularly in places where there is enough land.

What better way to link with other heritage projects than the sharing of traditional varieties of fruit trees propagated from historic local gardens? It would also be fantastic if we can plant as many of these trees as possible within the Trent Vale. What’s more – these fruit are tried and tested to thrive in regional conditions – many were traditionally bred to be grown in the north so are quite hardy.

 If you are interested please contact Helen.keating@britishwaterways.co.uk.

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Fourteen students from the Gainsborough Traveller Initiative have taken part in a series of workshops learning digital photography by Groundwork Cresswell as part of the Trent Vale Landscape Partnership.

On the course participnts went out on location to various places of interest in the Trent Vale. They took photos whilst practicing what they had learnt on the workshops. Back at the Park Springs Community Centre in Gainsborough they learnt to copy, cut clip edit and use a variety of other techniques in portrait and landscape formats. It is planned that these photos will be exhibited in and around Gainsborough and we’ll give you a taster on the new Trent Vale website too!

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Take a step towards employment in the land-based environmental sector with a nationally-recognised qualification.

As part of the Trent Vale Landscape Partnership, BTCV are running ABC Level 1 and 2 Diplomas in

Work-based Environmental Conservation

The courses have a strong practical focus and encompass the management of wildlife habitats (including woodland, grassland and hedgerows), field surveys, species identification and the construction of footpaths and fences on local wildlife sites. You’ll be assessed on actual work-based tasks and compile a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate your competence to potential employers. Courses require 2 days per week attendance for approximately 30 weeks, reasonable levels of physical fitness and take place in the Newark area.

See the BTCV training web pages for more info:

Level 1 Diploma

Level 2 Diploma

If you are interested please contact 0115 931 3316n or email EM-Training@btcv.org.uk


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Fifteen people came along to Averham Church on Saturday to take part in the first of 3 glass workshops as part of the Groundwork Vales Tales project.

Expert recycled Glass Worker Barbara Coulam explained how by making a raised mould, recycled glass would be melted over the top to create an indented design.  Participants spent the workshop drawing ideas from the church, graveyard and river. These included stained glass, wooden carvings and gargoyles.  Next week at Unique Coffee bar participants will making their moulds, with the final workshop dedicated to arranging the pieces into a hanging.  It is hoped that the finished piece will be on display in Newark but the location is still to be confirmed.

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Sustrans fledborough rideAs part of the Trent Vale aims to increase access to the river and its landscape, our partners Sustrans Newark led 28 cylists on a 32 mile circular cycle ride over Fledborough viaduct last Saturday.

This was the 6th guided cycle ride they have organised with Trent Vale this summer. Bacon butties and hot cups of tea and coffee were provided by Ian Oakden and his wife at their home in Fledborough for the cyclists raising £134 for the Japan Tsunami Fund. More themed guided rides will take place next year to key spots in Trent Vale like the RSPB site at Langford Lowfields and British Waterways Locks.

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The Trent Valley Way is a nationally recognised route and part of it travel through the Trent Vale.

Our partners On Trent are advertising for an artist/facilitator to work with school chidren to produce exciting guides for the route. If you are interested please apply by september 12th.

Click here to view an outline of the school leaflet project

Click here to view the invitation to tender

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