Composting Educational Working Bee

RECAP’s annual educational composting opportunity. A theoretical and practical session around how to build good compost with the opportunity to create compost for the community orchard.

When: Saturday 7th March, 1pm-3pm.

Where: Olsson Community Orchard ( situated within McCrae’s bush)

Cost: Free. Please email Helen on if you are interested in attending just so we have a rough idea of numbers.


Drought Proofing Your Garden.

Facilitated by PNCC Eco Advisor Nelson Lebo.

Monday 2nd March, Ashhurst Library Community Garden, 5:30pm-7:30pm. Koha appreciated.

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Focuses on landscaping to drought proof your garden, water saving techniques and drought resistant native plantings.

Summer Pruning Workshop

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Facilitated by Ashhurst local Phil Stevens from Slow Farm this workshop will focus on the how, why and what of summer pruning and give you the opportunity to get familiar with your loppers, get stuck in and have a go!

We will talk about shaping, keeping size under control and encouraging
fruit production. Please bring loppers, and saw of cutters if you have them, and a pen and paper. A full water bottle and gumboots are recommended.

Natural Building; Theoretical and Practical Workshops.

A two part theoretical and practical approach discussing and experimenting in natural building materials and techniques suitable for the New Zealand climate and environment. Facilitated by former UCOL lecturer and experienced natural builder Matt Cassells.

Matt is currently in the process of building a hybrid timber, straw and clay home for his family.

N.B. Both parts can be attended as a stand alone but work well in tandem. Enrolling for both entitles participants to the reduced costs of $25 waged/$15 unwaged for both.

When: Wednesday 6th November 7-9pm
Where: Ashhurst Village Valley Centre
Cost: $15 waged/$10 unwaged.

TO register for JUST the Theory workshop click this link.

Natural Building Practical:
When: Saturday 16th November 10am-1pm
Where. Ashhurst, venue TBC.
Cost: $15 waged/$10 unwaged.

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To enrol for BOTH workshops click this link



Rain Water Tanks. An educational Working Bee.

Interested in harvesting rain water for your garden and home but not sure how to go about it? Join Phil Stevens in this educational working bee in the Ashhurst Library Community Garden where we will talk tanks, and install some as part of the garden system at the library.

When: Saturday 2nd November 10am-12pm
Where: Ashhurst Community Library Ashhurst.
Cost: Entry by koha.

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Ashhurst’s Plastic Pollution Challenge. Saturday 19th October.

Palmy' Plastic Pollution Challenge (PPPC) was piloted over the last year collecting and analysing litter from 40 waterway sites around the city to establish the extent of the problem. Results were astonishing and disturbing, but a catalyst for the beginning of some positive change.

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Dr Heike Schiele, PPPc Lead for Manawatu River Source to Sea and Co-chairperson of Environment Network Manawatu will share findings, solutions, and also help us explore how and if Ashhurst wants to discover the extent of the problem in its own backyard and work towards positive behaviour changes that will make our village and its waterways healthier for future generations.

When: Saturday 19th October October 2-4pm.
Where: Ashhurst Village Valley Centre, 21 Guildford Street, Ashhurst.
Cost: Free.

Backyard Poultry Keeping

A workshop focusing on the housing, care and behaviours of feathered fowl. Topics will include but not be limited to:

- Behaviours and qualities of different breeds of chickens and ducks;
- How to maintain animal health, clip wings, etc;
- How to design poultry houses and keep a clean environment;
- How to build and use chicken tractors and mobile duck baths of various designs to
enhance home gardening;
- Palmerston North City Council by-laws applicable to keeping poultry and other
productive animals.

The workshop emphasis will be on chickens, and secondarily on ducks. Workshop facilitator Phil Stevens has over forty years experience keeping chooks, ducks, and turkeys, and his family has also kept quail, guinea, and peafowl. Workshop participants will have opportunities to handle chickens.
When: Saturday 12th October 2-5pm.
Where: Saint Mary Magdalene Church Hall, 67 Cambridge Avenue, Ashhurst.

Cost: $15 waged, $10 unwaged.

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Reconnecting to Hope. CANCELLED.

Join Sharon Stevens and Kate Tappenden for a workshop that explores sources of hope in a time of rapid ecological change. 

Workshop exercises include self-reflective writing, discussion, dancing, and drawing.

When: Saturday 21st September 9:30am- 3:30pm
Where: Pohangina Hall, 1169 Pohangina Road. 
Cost: $25 per person

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Growing Food in Small Spaces. 19th August 2019

Facilitated by Nelson Lebo, Eco Design Advisor for Palmerston North City Council.
Gardens are getting smaller, and people are getting busier, but this doesn’t mean you don’t have the space and time provide fresh fruit and vegetables for your family and enjoy all the benefits of a bountiful garden.
This workshop will focus on how to create a productive, low maintenance garden in a small space, with reference to designing beds and paths, vertical gardening, staggered planting, building soil and composting.
When: Monday 19th August 7pm-9pm
Where: Ashhurst Village Valley Centre, centennial room.
Cost: Entry is by koha

A guide to Low Waste Living. Saturday 24th August 2-4pm


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Facilitated by Bronwyn Green from Be Free Grocer, this workshop is a beginners guide to the galaxy of low waste living. Bronwyn will talk about her own journey, experiences and motivations to reduce her own waste and establish a business that also makes low waste shopping more easily accessible to our community. There will be ample opportunities to ask questions, share experiences, and sample some zero waste products.

When: Saturday 24th August 2-4pm
Where: Ashhurst Village Valley Centre, centennial room.
Cost: Entry is by koha
How to register: You are very welcome to turn up, but registering helps us make sure we are well prepared.