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Here We Come A-Wassailing - OWL Town Farm Workshop


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A Dorset community is hosting a celebration of the ancient tradition of wassailing with a bonfire and songs at Rushmore Park market garden.

The tree blessing event on March 11, is being hosted by the Town Farm Workshop ‘Outcomes with Learning’ (OWL) centre, and starts at 5pm.

Wassailing is a way of passing on good wishes for health and prosperity and to ensure a good apple harvest by sharing a cup of spiced drink.

“Like many ancient traditions, wassailing recognises the important, symbiotic relationship of humankind to nature,” says OWL manager Helen Ritson.

“As a tree blessing, this tradition allows us to express our appreciation for the fruits of the harvest and our role in the physical and spiritual care of our trees.

“We are intending to sell the apples to eat, made into chutney by our service users, and with thanks to Sixpenny Handley Brewery, as apple juice and cider,

In preparation for the event the workshop’s art and craft group have made a crown for wassail queen Nina (see pic) and some lanterns to hang in the trees.

There will be a hot dog supper; the wassail, with cider from a previous harvest; and folk singing and dancing by the light of the bonfire.

The OWLS’s pottery team are making a wassail cup and the sensory play group are making items to burn on the bonfire.

Town Farm Workshop took over the badly overgrown 5,000 square metre walled garden in 2011 and transformed it into a thriving market garden.

Produce and potted plants are sold on a market barrow at the entrance to the workshops and they also sell vegetables to Rushmore Golf Club and the King John pub in Tollard Royal.

In addition products such as these and others will soon be available to purchase on a dedicated page on the Regard Partnership website under the OWL services section.

OWL Town Farm Workshop


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