For those who missed it, have a virtual tour of a couple of the polytunnels and leeks patch courtesy of the BBC Countryfile Winter Diaries team last Tuesday morning! They came to film in mid-January on a rather nippy windy day, to see what you can grow in the winter, and also to get some tips on how to build a hot bed. (Series 1, episode 2, first broadcast on Tuesday 14th February.)
Fresh Start have just launched a new horticulture academy to their current programme of academies: the idea being that people interested in starting a horticulture-based business can learn the business skills they need, from industry experts. It’s being launched here in the south west, since the interest in food-growing and horticulture here is already huge. Yours truly is on the voluntary steering committee, trying to help make sure the right skills are being delivered in the right way (and at the right time, ie not in the middle of May madness); it’s a great-looking scheme, and it only costs £95 per person for the full 10-session programme (the cost is being subsidised by various funders). There are a limited number of places, and applications close on June 13th, so register your interest quickly to be in with a chance of a place!