Want to learn about gardening and small-scale food production?

17 May 2017

This year’s Royal Welsh Spring Festival, taking place in Builth Wells showground at the weekend (20th 21st May) is the place to go. The festival features an action-packed programme of entertainment, have-a-go educational activities, workshops, displays and performances. Also, for the second year running, Britain’s biggest selling smallholding magazine, Country Smallholding will be running the Speakers Corner segment.

Compered this year by Guardian gardening writer and Country Smallholding regular, Kim Stoddart, it will have an interactive focus with plenty of conversation, Q & A and debate. West Wales resident Kim said; “we’ve got an excellent line-up of experts this year talking about everything from the ins and outs of chicken and pig keeping, through to woodland set up and management. One Planet Living will be taking part in conversation on the realities of sustainable, accessible smallholdings and the practicalities of planning legislation and many of our writers will be on hand to answer questions in the Smallholders’ Question Time session on both days.

It really is an excellent opportunity for smallholders, or anyone thinking about growing some of their own food, or keeping livestock to find out all they need to know. I’ll be doing an interactive Q & A myself on the Sunday, revealing some of my time and money saving tricks and techniques to help put the fun back into a spot of grow-your-own. At the show there will also be the unique opportunity to enter a competition to win one of two places on one of my gardening courses at my smallholding in beautiful West Wales. We hope to see you there!“


The therapeutic benefits of smallholding

Ceredigion resident, Kim Stoddart’s gardening courses are suitable for anyone interested in growing some of their own food, or existing gardeners interested in learning time-saving techniques.

Her courses are being run as part of a new Welsh social enterprise, Green Rocket Futures C.I.C which will be providing support and opportunity for locals on the autistic spectrum.

It’s a subject close to Kim’s heart as her 7 year-old son, Arthur has autism and has benefited greatly from the therapeutic benefits of gardening and the great outdoors.You can find out more about Kim’s gardening courses and social enterprise at www.greenrocketcourses.com.

Speakers Corner Timetable

Saturday 20 May

11am Meet the producer - setting up and running an organic veg business with Nathan Richards
12.00 Dogs and smallholdings debate with Country Smallholding magazine regulars.
2pm Meet the producer – Sam Gray on pig keeping and working with restaurants
3pm Everything you could need to know about chicken keeping with media pundit, Andy Cawthray
4pm Smallholders’ Question Time with a range of experts including Tim Tyne.

Sunday 21 May

11am New Sustainable Smallholdings with Erica Thompson from One Planet Council
12pm Smallholders’ Question Time with a range of our experts
1.30pm Woodland set-up and management with Ruth Pybus
2.30pm A smallholder’s tale. Diversification and social media with Francis Nesbitt
3.30pm Guardian gardening journalist, Kim Stoddart reveals grow-your-own time and money saving tricks

You can find out more about the Royal Welsh Spring Festival http://www.rwas.wales/ and Country Smallholding magazine’s Speakers Corner at http://www.rwas.wales/programme-of-free-talks-lectures-and-advice

For any more information or comment on Speakers Corner, gardening or the therapeutic benefits of smallholding life please contact Kim Stoddart   kimstoddartgardening@gmail.com. 07796 677178.