Welcome! Moors Wood is a small private woodland owned and managed by Sarah and Ian Blenkinsop as a nature reserve and as a sustainably managed source of various wood products.

Sarah is a freelance Environmental Educator, Lecturer and Forest School Leader. Based at her own site at Moors Wood, Sarah provides fun natural/recycled craft workshops; play or storytelling sessions; eco themed parties; workshops on food preservation, setting up an organic garden, setting up a composting area or keeping chickens; or training courses in various woodcraft and play skills. These services are available for adults and/or children. Sarah is also very happy to come to you and deliver any of the above, or to give talks to groups.

Follow the links to find out more about what is on offer. Please click on the photos if you need to make them larger. Also visit Sarah's other site, The Compost Bin, for more general info and advice on sustainable living.

Off to The Green Gathering

I'm off for a week  to join in with the fun in the Permaculture area at The Green Gathering. Giving some talks and some workshops on composting, chicken keeping and veg growing.

I'm taking Algy the Serama cockerel with me.

I have a new tent as well :)

The Garden Festival Hellens Manor 2016

As usual we went off to Hellens Manor for the annual Garden Festival there.

For details of what I was up to see their event page.

This year I gave a talk about Preserving Natures bounty 

The Marque I had all weekend for Moors Wood events

Lots of info about chickens and composting and crafts

Composting workshop on Sunday

We did some Hapa Zome  in the wood with some of the same children as last year :)

And made dens for people and soft creatures :)

Fabulous weekend as always - hard work but great fun.

New Serama chicks.

Pearl today hatched out the last of the four fertile eggs so we now have chicks :)

Tudorville Community Centre Make Do and Mend cafe.

Today I spent some time participating in this event, with composting, chicken keeping and planting advice and some craft activities.

Make, Do & Mend Cafes

Moors Wood is at this event  Fri 20 May 2016  thanks to Herefordshire New Leaf :)
‘Make, Do and Mend Cafes’, a new project for Herefordshire:
Many people around the UK now benefit from ‘Repair Cafes’ – local events where it is possible to take along household items and find a friendly and skilled person to help mend them. In Herefordshire a collaboration between The Big Skill and New Leaf has just received funding from Awards 4 All for a variation on this theme. The two organisations are working with communities around the county to develop a series of café style events that will promote traditional skills whilst offering people a chance to have a go at a range of crafts, repair and recycling activities.

The ‘Make, Do & Mend Café’ project launches this Friday at Tudorville & District Community Centre in Ross on Wye. 

At Tudorville Community Centre on Friday afternoon from 2.30pm – 6.30pm local people can try out basket making, felting, clay work and stone carving with members of The Big Skill, as well as learning about compost making, seed planting and keeping chickens from Sarah Blenkinsop of Moors Wood, and cycle repair from the team at Hereford Cycle Hub. Shari Vandervelde, Activities Co-ordinator at Tudorville, has also recruited repairers from within the local community to come along and share their sewing repair skills.
At other venues around the county other skills will be made available, including recycled glass work, pottery, weaving, dry stone walling, hurdle making, foraging, bodging, woodworking and quilting. Marches Energy Agency have also said that they will be regular attenders of these events to provide energy information to skill local people in how to save money on their home fuel bills.
Big Skill and New Leaf are now working with communities in Leominster, Kington, Hereford and Bromyard to develop events around the county over the coming year. Full details will be available on the New Leaf and Big Skill websites.

New Leaf Sustainable Development Ltd is a small not-for-profit co-operative & exempt charity working in Herefordshire. New Leaf works with people around the county to develop ways of saving energy and living more sustainably.Contact at New Leaf for the ‘Make Do & Mend’ project:Kate Gathercolekate@herefordshirenewleaf.org.uk / 07824426719

Orchard Champion volunteer training with Three Counties Traditional Orchard Project.

I have just finished a fantastic weekend of training as an Orchard Champion at Worcester Woods Country park venue, training provided by TCTOP Karen Humphries and Garden Organic's Alexandra Heelis. Really really great weekend. So good to connect up with some lovely people and I can't wait to start promoting the value of traditional orchards to the public and to landowners in particular :)

Full write up and lots of photos of the two days on The Compost Bin!

Master Composter tells all!

Leominster Allotment Association obviously liked my Composting workshop! I have had a lovely letter from their chair, thanking me for the workshop and this is what they have to say about it on their website. under the title "Master Composter tells all"

Master Composter, Sarah Blenkinsop,  was at Ginhall Lane Allotments on Saturday afternoon. She shared her wide experience of composting and kept us entertained with lots of practical information about the best ways to go about making quality compost from ‘brown’ and ‘green’ waste. Sixteen people braved the chilly wind, and enjoyed some warm sunshine to listen and put questions to Sarah.
We covered:
  • What can be composted
  • The composting process
  • Different types of composter
  • Temperatures of composters
  • Pests and health issues

Our thanks go to Sarah for setting us straight and taking a look at the new community composter that is taking shape and making some interesting observations and suggestions. Also thanks to those ladies who produced some wonderful home-made cake!

I agree about the cake and thank you for the kind words :)

The Big Apple Day 2

It was very wet and very cold again today.

But we got the stall set up and then I waited for people to come and play :)

I had Algy and Mrs Algy on the stall to help me talk about chicken keeping courses I run.

This shows the difference in size between my "big hen" eggs and the Serama eggs :)

 I did some crafts with children. Here is a small boy bashing cloth to make natural dyed flags

He was VERY pleased with the result!

Leominster Morris Men came and just before they started to dance, the rain stopped!

I also sold a lot of plants grown at Moors Wood in the polytunnel, and lots of cards and leaflets about Moors Wood were taken so it was a good day out. Also my local event so very well worth supporting :) The cider was very good, also!
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the cider was, as always, excellent. ider was good as well
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The Big Apple Day 1

Spent today at The Big Apple event at Putley. http://www.bigapple.org.uk/
This is just over the field and up the lane from me and I love doing it.
Weather was cold and wet and there were a few less people than previous years but despite that it went well. Algy and Mrs A the Seramas wowed the crowds as usual and sales of my tomato plants went well. I have repeat customers who come each year for unusual varieties. Lots of brochures for all the things I offer here at Moors Wood were taken away. I love local food events smile emoticon .

Hereford River Carnival

Excellent day at Hereford River Carnival today - weather could have been kinder but a lot of brochures were taken and many people made various craft items smile emoticon and Algy and Mrs the Serama chickens were admired 

The stall!

Stick weaving - this child was concentrating very hard :)

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Remember I applied to be accepted on the Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Programme back at the end of March? I had huge difficulties filing the application due to our rubbish broadband and it all was a bit stressful, especially as at the last minute I added in all the sustainability stuff I used to do as a volunteer Master Composter to my original idea of a Forest School/Outdoor ed Social Enterprise? Well ...I have got through the application and the first sift and have been invited to interview         :)smile emoticon

May Bank Holiday weekend events Moors Wood is attending

Big Apple Blossomtime May 1/2 2016 Putley, Herefordshire

I am at this event both days, in my stall outside Putley village hall. My stall offers natural crafts and seed planting (workshops to show you how to make something as well as items for sale), plant sales of Heritage seeds grown by me, in organic growing medium in my polytunnel at Moors Wood (and with a lot of added advice if you need it) the Serama chickens Algy and his wife will be there (being fabulous!) and I will be offering my help on growing veg, composting, frugal food and chicken keeping methods.

Hereford River Carnival Sat 30th April 2016

I am at this event all day, in my stall in the H Energy village. My stall offers natural crafts and seed planting (workshops to show you how to make something as well as items for sale), plant sales of Heritage seeds grown by me, in organic growing medium in my polytunnel at Moors Wood (and with a lot of added advice if you need it) the Serama chickens Algy and his wife will be there (being fabulous!) and I will be offering my help on growing veg, composting, frugal food and chicken keeping methods.

Leominster Allotment Composting Workshop

This morning I loaded up my car and headed off to Leominster to the Ginhall Lane Allotments. I had never visited these allotments and was very impressed by what I found. All was neat and tended and there were a lot of compost bins in evidence :)

I was there to give a workshop on "improving your composting" with both technical and practical advice. So I talked about what composting actually is, why we do it in our gardens the way we do, the best place to site a compost bin, the environmental and financial benefits of composting, the natural processes which turn kitchen and garden waste in compost,

We had a break after an hour for tea and cake which was most welcome as it was sunny but chilly outside!

We then went to look at some compost bins on site  and discussed how to tell when your compost is ready, how to get it out of the bin  and what to do with it when you have got it out.

We then went and looked at the emerging community composting area on the allotment site.

I went home pleased with the reaction of the group, who said they all found my talk both useful and interesting.

"It was so interesting & she was such a knowledgeable speaker" said Janet, of the workshop.

I didn't get to take any photos but Chris Preece the Vice Chair of the Allotment Association very kindly let me use some of his.