Courses

 

A list of upcoming courses is given below.  Scroll down for further details of each course. 

Note: We often add to our courses so do revisit this page or join our Facebook group for updates.

Pasture Management 30 March
Needle Felting 7 April
Wood Whittling 13 April
Polytunnel and Protected Growing 13 April
Goat Husbandry 17 April
Stock Fencing 27 April
Chicken Keeping for Beginners 27 April
Sheep Shearing - South 12 May
Beginners Tractor Course 1 June
Alpaca Husbandry 6 June
Hatching and Rearing of Chickens and Turkeys TBA
Willow Basket Making  6 July
Pig Husbandry 20 July
Dispatch and Dress a Chicken 12 October

Courses are open to NSTG members* and most are open to non-members for an increased fee.

To book on a course

You may want to check availability of places by emailing Sarah at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or calling 01362 850122. 

To book:

  • Download the Course Application form here and send to the address on the form with a cheque or pay via online banking (information on the form)
  • OR email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the following information:
    if you are a member or not, the course(s) that you want to book, the number of places, the names of those wishing to attend the course(s), the total fees payable and how you are paying, the email address(es) to contact and a mobile telephone number.
    We will confirm that places are available and inform you how to pay by bank transfer or cheque

A booking will be made once payment is received.

If the course is full you can be put on a reserve list or a list of those interested in any repeat course.  

 

* It may be worth joining us if you are not a member.  A household membership is just £12.  To join go to the Join Us page.

For any enquiries about a course please email Sarah at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The following is a printed version of our 2019 courses and events

 

The following is a printed version of our 2019 courses and events (this will be added to over the year)

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Pasture Management

Given by a professional agronomist.  Presentation, time in the field and a printed guide to take away.  How to look after your fields!

Cost £25 members, £45 non members

Location Diss IP22

Date 30 March

Time 11 - 2pm

Tutor Luke Stevens

 

Needle Felting

Using merino and coloured Ryeland wool create flowers, butterflies etc. and make 3D mic, birds or sheep

Cost £25 non members £45

Location Diss IP22 2AW

Date 7 April

Time 10.30 - 2.30

Tutor Jan Scott

 

Wood Whittling

Try out the lathe, use hand tools to carve and shape, make a spoon or small bowl

Cost £30, non-members £50

Location Hindolveston NR20

Date 13th April

Time 10 - 3

Tutor Joshua Hubbard

 

Polytunnel and Protected Growing

Soil management, warm and cold season crops, irrigation, environment management, rotation, growing media, and much more.  Come and speak to an expert grower.

Cost £35 non members £55

Location Clinks Care Farm, Toft Monks

Date 13 April

Time 10.30 - 2.30

Tutor Francis Everson

 

Goat Husbandry

There will be practical demonstrations of foot trimming etc. plus the opportunity to bottle feed the kids and groom, walk and feed the goats.

Cost £30

Location Topcroft

Date 17 April

Time 11 - 3

Tutor Hazel Francis

 

Stock Fencing

Introduction to fencing for livestock, no previous experience necessary.  Design and build for livestock including gates, electric fencing etc.  All equipment provided but please bring gloves.

Cost £20 non members £40

Location Bergh Apton

Date 27 April

Time 10.30 - 3

Tutor Steve Whitby & Ben Holloway

 

Chicken Keeping for Beginners

Feeding, housing, beeds, equipment, health and care, bedding, hybrids and pure breeds etc.

Cost £25 non members £45

Location Little Barningham

Date 27 April

Time 10 - 1

Tutor Sally Feistner

 

Sheep Shearing - South (Diss IP22)

Click fly strike prevention available on the day.  Circular route so no need to reverse trailers.

Shearer Jason Shorten, discuss cost with Jason on the day

From 10 am call Jan to book a slot 01379 688340

 

Beginners Tractor Course

Do I need a tractor? What can you use them for? New, used, modern, vintage, compact, full size, 2WD, 4WD, implements, three point linkage, PTO, hydraulics, fuel, maintenance etc.

Cost £25 non members £45

Location Little Dunham

Date 1 June

Time 10 - 4

Tutor Paul Richards

 

Alpaca Husbandry

Day to day care, shelter, fencing, health, handling and training, all questions answered

Cost £30 non members £50

Location Burnt Fen, Horning

Date 6 June

Time 9.30 - 1.30

Tutor Annie Nickerson https://burntfen.co.uk/

 

Hatching and Rearing of Chickens and Turkeys

Egg production, broody hens, incubators, humidity and temperature, candling, diet, health care, housing etc.

Cost £25 non members £45

Location Little Barningham

Date TBA

Time 10 - 1

Tutor Sally Feistner

 

Willow Basket Making

Use willow to create a frame basket

Cost £50, non-members £70

Location tba, possibly Shelfanger

Date 6th July

Time 10 - 4

Tutor Karen Lawrence karenlawrencebasketry.com

 

Pig Husbandry

Right animal, feeding, housing, breeding, daily care, showing, slaughter etc.

Cost £30, non members £50

Location Walpole Highway

Date 20th July

Time 10.30 - 3

Tutor Marilyn Keymer  tentreesfarm.co.uk/ten-trees-berkshire-pigs

 

Dispatch and Dress a Chicken

Prepare a chicken for the table.  Bring a sharp familiar kitchen knife.  Speak to Sally about bringing your own bird.

Cost £30 non members £50

Location Little Barningham

Date 12 October

Time 10.30 - 3

Tutor Sally Feistner