Through speaker sessions, short films, walks, demonstrations and discussions, the Resilient Futures strand of the Forest Showcase will highlight how people are collectively empowering themselves to provide for now and the future whilst also appreciating and respecting our environment.
Talks will come from Resilience Centre initiatives such as community renewable energy and woodlands resilience, plus Blakeney Hill Growers, herbalist Jessica Lucas, Forest of Dean Beekeepers, Hands Off Our Forest, Simon Kilburn from Crooked End Farm, Frack Off Our Forest, plus others, focusing on different aspects of local sustainable living
Local organisations participating in the day’s events include A Wild Life With Animals, talking about their work in helping the fauna of the Dean’s survival – following an illustrated talk, Scott and Robin will lead a two-hour expedition deep into the woods – if you’re lucky, you might witness a deer rut in full effect!
The Dean Forest Food Hub will also be exploring food sovereignty – explaining their co-operative work with local producers, gardeners and allotment-holders, as well as Seed Swap schemes.
The Resilient Futures Marquee will be powered by renewable energy, via the Something Else Solar Stage, which was designed, built and is based in the Forest of Dean.
An all-electric vehicle charged by the St Briavels turbine will also be on display. There will be a demonstration of a home-made mobile wind power generator, created by Robin Larkham, which we hope to use to scrat apples ready for pressing into juice.
Come & find out more!….
Organised by the Woolaston-based Resilience Centre and featuring the Forest of Dean-based Something Else Solar Stage and marquee, powered by the sun and built by REsource, based near Redbrook.
Introduction to Resilience Thinking
10am Local films showcase – a short selection of films relating to Forest of Dean resilience.
10.30am Introductory talk by Andrew Clarke of the Resilience Centre explaining the concept of Resilience and how it is starting to happen in the Forest of Dean. The Resilient Futures area of this year’s Forest Showcase brings together a number of diverse practitioners based in the Forest of Dean from food to medicine, renewable energy to electric transportation. All are providing local and community sustainable resources for now and future generations, as well as finding ways to adapt to and mitigate climate change.
Exploring Wildlife & Ecosystems Resilience
11am A Wild Life With Animals: Robin Ward and Scott Passmore talk about their work in conserving and protecting the Dean’s wildlife, as well as rescuing injured animals. Participants are then welcome to join them on a two-hour-long wildlife expedition deep into the woods, where if they’re lucky they may witness a deer rut, and other wildlife wonders. All children must be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult, and stout footwear and walking clothes is essential. Prepare to get muddy! http://www.awlwa.org
11.45pm Why and how do honeybees make honey?: Master Beekeeper Val Vivian-Griffiths from Dean Forest Beekeepers gives a brief insight into the fascinating world of honeybees and their key place in our ecosystem. http://www.deanforestbeekeepers.co.uk
Energy & Community Resilience
12.10pm Community energy: the power to transform, and the work of the Resilience Centre… the story so far, and a look into the future of how communities can own and run our own clean energy supplies. A joint presentation from the Resilience Centre and the Dean Community Energy Group. http://www.theresiliencecentre.co.uk https://deancommunityenergygroup.wordpress.com
Food Sovereignty & Resilience
12.50pm Community growing and food sovereignty: members of the Dean Forest Food Hub explain the quiet revolution currently taking place in the Dean, where producers, gardeners and allotment holders are coming together to pool resources and forging plans so the local community become self-sufficient. Encompassing seed swaps and more. http://www.deanforestfoodhub.org.uk/
1.20pm Growing Without Boundaries: Simon Harper from Crooked End Farm in Ruardean talks about bespoke vertical and other growing systems suitable for people of all physical abilities and garden space constructed and upcycled from everyday materials. http://www.crookedend.co.uk/
1.40pm Blakeney Hill Growers: Rebekah Hoyland explains how one community is working together for mutual benefits by bringing unused agricultural land into use, living a dream that began with a conversation around a kitchen table. http://www.blakeneyhillgrowers.org.uk/
Investing for Community Resilience
2pm Investing in resilience: Making a positive difference and an explanation of community benefit companies and opportunities for ethical investing. http://www.theresiliencecentre.co.uk
2.30pm Wild and cultivated herbs for medicine: Herbalist Jessica Lucas from Herbal Ways takes a holistic and synthetic-free approach to health with an explanation of Herbal Medicine, which can be used to treat everybody. http://herbalways.net/herbalmedicine/
2.50pm The Edible Forest: Scott Baine from The Rewild Project explores woodland-based permaculture and reviving traditional, land-based skills, including agro-forestry, orchards and gardening. http://therewildproject.com/
3.10pm Resilient Woodlands Initiative: Small private woodlands are often not managed to anything like their full potential because of their fragmented nature. Andrew Clarke explains how the Resilience Centre is building a collective of small woodland owners so they can pool resources for social, environmental and economic benefits. http://www.theresiliencecentre.co.uk/blog.html#woods
3.30pm The Foresters’ Forest Landscape Partnership: Chris McFarling offers an overview of this wide-ranging Heritage Lottery project to raise awareness of what makes the Forest of Dean special in terms of its built, natural and cultural heritage, and how people can be part of various volunteer schemes connected to it. http://www.forestry.gov.uk/forestry/beeh-9t6gfa
Local challenges for a Resilient Forest
3.50pm Frack Off Our Forest: Owen Adams from the newly formed group relays the latest information available on the current threat to our Forest of Dean – the potential issue of licenses for onshore oil and gas exploration – with opportunities for people to get involved in the campaign. http://frack-off.org.uk/
4.10pm Hands Off Our Forest – Chairman Rich Daniels explains HOOF’s aim to bring decision-making and oversight of the management of our public forest closer to the public, and to persuade the Government to implement a blueprint and Charter to allow this to happen, and how the challenge is still on. http://www.handsoffourforest.org/
4.30pm Next steps: a concluding session with Andrew Clarke on how we can, working together, achieve Resilience in the Forest, and also promoting courses and events at the Resilience Centre
Also in the Resilient Futures area:
* Teepee for informal discussions
* The Food Foresters: children’s activities related to permaculture and resilience
* Windmill: Robin Larkham displays his homemade portable wind generator, connected to an apple scratter.
* Electric vehicle: Five Acres Garage showcases one of its electric cars
* Information stand: Find out more about the Resilience Centre and the other organisations represented in the day’s talks.
Organised by The Resilience Centre and the talks will be on the Resilience Centre’s work as well as other projects which share the vision of Resilience and sustainability.
Further Information: http://www.theresiliencecentre.co.uk