Stories in the Stars

Saturday 12th November – 7pm to 9pm

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Spend an evening studying the skies above Green Dragon with the help of local enthusiasts and hear about our solar system, both fact and fiction!

This fun event provides a beginner’s guide to astronomy led by local enthusiasts from UK Astronomy, based in Aylesbury. As there is very little light pollution in the skies above Green Dragon, the site is an ideal spot from which to observe our solar system. Using telescopes and the naked eye, visitors will learn about the main stars and constellations, what they represent and the myths and legends associated.

This event is for families and visitors of all ages, from beginners to enthusiasts, who are welcome to bring their own scopes. If cloudy, UK Astronomy will set up their planetarium software in our Eco Centre events room in order to show visitors around a virtual sky of that very night and give them the opportunity to try out equipment and learn about all things ‘space’!

Admission is £6.50 and includes refreshments – ‘Farm to fork’ sausage in a bun with a hot drink in the Eco Centre restaurant.
Book now on-line to avoid disappointment!

Fruit Growing Workshops

Come and learn the art of fruit tree grafting and pruning with expert, Andy Howard, in our greenhouse classroom in the walled garden.

 Andy Howard, a nurseryman owner who grafts his own heritage fruit trees every year will be covering all aspects of theoretical and practical hands on grafting.  

 

Grafting workshop              10.00 – 16.00      Saturday, 24th January 2015

Pruning workshop              10.00 – 16.00        Saturday, 7th February 2015

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Messy Play Barn open

Outdoor play indoors

Fossil sandpitsThe Messy Play Barn is now open and free of charge to visitors using the cafe and shop!  Against the dramatic backdrop of our dinosaur mural, there are giant sandpits, soft play and ride-ons. The mural was designed by Aylesbury College student Nicole Chapman from the Creative Arts Department and was painted, on the whole, by Kata Mile, an artist from local village, Steeple Claydon.

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Eco Centre opens its doors

Eco Centre opens on 20th October

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Admission is free for visitors to the Eco Centre. We’ve a spacious cafe to seat 60, a shop selling local produce and gifts and a lovely events room to seat up to 80.

Come and enjoy a great cup of coffee, sample our delicious homemade cakes in the cafe and browse among the local produce, gifts and toys we have in the shop. A selection of festive gifts and food will be available in the run up to Christmas.

So, please come along to the Eco Centre during our very first week – commencing  20th October – and bring your friends! We look forward to meeting you – you’ll get a warm welcome!

Book now for that special occasion!
Our light and airy events room in the Eco Centre, with its sweeping views of the Bucks countryside is ready for hire. We’d be delighted to show you round!  For more details go to our website.

Green Dragon Apple Day – 2014

FREE ADMISSION to Apple Day, our very first event, which will be on Saturday, 8th November, 10am – 4pm.

Green Dragon Apple Day - 2014

Come and celebrate our heritage apple varieties and see for yourself how good they taste!

We’ll be pressing apples from 11am to 3pm so if you’ve any apples you’d like turned into juice – just bring them along! Any surplus apples would be welcome as well.

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Fruit Growing – Summer Workshops Programme

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Sign up to our Summer Programme of workshops during June and July and learn the art of fruit growing with local expert, Andy Howard.

Andy, of The Heritage Fruit Tree Company, is a nurseryman owner who grafts his own heritage fruit trees every year. During this programme, Andy will be covering all aspects of how to plan and plant up an orchard and the theory and practice of pruning and budding.

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Teamwork!

TeamworkSince before Christmas, the Construction Department from Aylesbury College has been using our site for work experience. They have been working on the refurbishment of the Messy Play Barn which will be a great indoor space for those wet summer days! There will be various activities on offer, including fossil-hunting in the sandpits and bales to climb.

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We’re Growing

We're GrowingAs the greenhouse/classroom has been up and running since last summer, we’ve already started a programme of workshops. These have proved really popular with gardening enthusiasts coming from as far away as Gloucestershire! Just recently we’ve had Grafting and Winter Pruning workshops where students were able to use our Heritage Fruit Collection, planted in 2013. Workshops cover all aspects of theory with practical hands-on experience and the expert advice of tutor, Andy Howard, of the Heritage Fruit Tree Company. There are more to follow in July, including Orchard Design.

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New Year babies

New Year BabiesNew baby Dexters arrived over the New Year – 5 male calves, all black. The one in the photo is called Nelson – he was the first to arrive and is very friendly! They are living in the barn this winter as we still need to do more work on the paddocks.

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