Be More…

Be More…

Sustainable. Seasonal. Local.

A program of events to encourage and inspire, April to October 2022.

In a time of climate crisis we are looking to learn from the past to live better and reduce our impact on the planet today. Mrs Hilda Smith’s extraordinary ordinary life is an ideal case study in sustainable and self sufficient living. Join us for a series of workshops, talks, walks, and videos which explore everyday skills from Mrs Smith’s life, aiming to help us find ways to live more sustainably today.

Find all of the information about our exciting events below alongside resources designed to help you Be More…

sustainable, involved in our local community, seasonal, kind.

#BeMoreHilda

Events

Small Space Gardening

Tuesday 31st May, 3pm to 4pm

A talk at Mrs Smith’s Cottage

Tickets £5

The Sage Gardener team will be leading this exciting talk on small space gardening. Helping you to make the most of any available growing space. This talk is ideal for beginner gardeners, those with limited growing space, or people who don’t know where to start with their own garden projects.

Find out more about Sage Gardener on their website: https://sagegardener.co.uk/

Paint the Garden

Sunday 12th June, 12noon to 4pm

A workshop at Mrs Smith’s Cottage

Tickets FREE

Spend a relaxing Sunday afternoon painting, or drawing, in our beautiful cottage garden. Navenby artist, Debbie Davidge, will be on hand throughout the afternoon to answer your art questions, give practical advice, and offer encouragement as your artwork develops.

Simply drop into the gardens from 12noon and find a space in our cottage garden to settle down and start creating!

There will be canvases to take and drawing/painting supplies to borrow, all provided by our Heritage Lottery Fund Project, however you are very welcome to bring your own supplies.

Looking for more information? Email us: [email protected]

Preserve Making Workshop

Monday 13th June, 1:30pm to 3pm

A workshop at The Venue, Navenby

Tickets £9.80

Join Pete from Macys cafe in Navenby for a beginners guide to preserve making.

Pete will be making a seasonal fruit jam, an apple chutney, as well as an apple pectin. Sharing with you the skills needed to make the most of seasonal goodies and bring the taste of summer into the winter months.

A History of Pennells Garden Centre

Friday 24th June, 7pm to 8pm

A talk at Mrs Smith’s Cottage

Tickets £5

Founded in 1780 this family run business has been the start point for generations of Lincolnshire gardeners. In this talk you will find out more about the history of Pennells garden centre, exploring the changing trends in gardening and the impact green spaces have on communities.

Explore the Pennells website: https://www.pennells.co.uk/

Summer Forage

Saturday 25th June, 10am to 12noon

A guided walk at Hill Holt Wood

Tickets £5

This workshop has been subsidised by our National Lottery Heritage Fund Project.

Hannah Sylvester, the district herbalist, will be leading a forage around Hill Holt Wood. Helping you to learn more about the edible plants available in each season.

At the end of the walk we will have foraged the supplies needed to enjoy a cup of tea together.

Part of the NK Walking Festival, find the full program here: https://www.hillholtwood.co.uk/nk-walking-festival-1

Anthotype Printing

Friday 8th July, 6pm to 8pm

A workshop at Mrs Smith’s Cottage

Tickets £8.50

Spend the evening with artist and experimental photographer Kelly Barfoot and create your own anthoype prints using Mrs Smith’s Cottage and Gardens as inspiration.

Find out more about Kelly on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/barfootk_art/

This workshop is suitable for adults and children over the age of 13, parental supervision is required.

Big Butterfly Count

Friday 15th July, 12noon to 3:30pm

At Mrs Smith’s Cottage

Standard entry fees apply:

  • £3.50 Adults
  • £2 Children
  • £10 Family

Join the Big Butterfly count while you visit Mrs Smith’s Cottage, and take a copy of our butterfly trail, with tips and ticks for creating a butterfly friendly space at home.

A Family Guide to an Edible Garden

Tuesday 29th July, 11am to 12noon

A workshop at Mrs Smith’s Cottage

FREE – This workshop has been funded by our Heritage Lottery Fund project

In this FREE workshop Hannah Sylvester will be sharing a family friendly guide to some unexpectedly edible plants. Helping you to make a nibble pot, letting you try the plants as you go along!

This is a great family introduction to foraging and wild food.

Rag Rug Workshop

Tuesday 2nd August, 11am to 12noon

A workshop at Mrs Smith’s Cottage

Tickets £10

Mrs Smith made her Rag Rugs from recycled materials, using any waste fabric she could find from tights to shirts. These rugs would cover the floors of the upstairs rooms to prevent any heat from escaping.

In this workshop our team will show you two different techniques for Rag Rug making, providing the resources to get you started on your own project.

Plant Dye Workshop

A workshop at Mrs Smith’s Cottage

Thursday 11th August, 1pm

FREE – This workshop has been fully funded by our Heritage Lottery Fund project

Textile artist Nicola Cliff will be running this messy and brilliantly creative workshop. She will show you how to use plant and vegetable waste to dye fabrics.

All materials will be provide. If you would like to make the workshop more personal, you can bring along a t-shirt or some beetroot peelings/onion skins from home!

Mrs Smith’s Wash Day

Thursday 25th August, 11am to 12noon

A workshop at Mrs Smith’s Cottage

Tickets £10

Mrs Smith never owned a washing machine and for most of her life she did all of her washing by hand. As a result she would be more careful with her items so she did not have to wash them as often as we would today.

Join the Mrs Smith’s Cottage team to have a go at washing the old fashioned way.

A Seasonal Plate

Friday 26th August, 7pm to 8pm

A talk at Navenby Methodist Hall

Tickets £5

Autumn Forage

Saturday 17th September, 10am to 12noon

A walk at Hill Holt Wood

Tickets £5

This workshop has been subsidised by our National Lottery Heritage Fund Project.

Hannah Sylvester, the district herbalist, will be leading a forage around Hill Holt Wood. Helping you to learn more about the edible plants available in each season.

At the end of the walk we will have foraged the supplies needed to enjoy a cup of tea together.

Sustainable Living

See below for helpful resoruces to help you live a more sustainable life.

Inspirational Growers

The Allotment Cook

Allotment holder and green fingered cook from Lincolnshire. She runs a blog, full of growing advice and seasonal recipes, and appears as the BBC radio Lincolnshire Sunday Snippet Gardener.

https://www.allotmentcooks.co.uk/

Good Life Garden

A Lincolnshire gardener and sustainable living advocate, whose Instagram page is packed with information and inspiration to get you growing food at home!

https://www.instagram.com/good_life_garden/

Spicy Moustache

A passionate urban small space gardener dedicating their small London garden to food production. They share practical tips and trick on youtube and tiktoc to encourage others to start growing their own, even in the smallest spaces.

https://spicymoustache.com/

Growing with Grandpa

One UK grandpa sharing his love of growing with audiences across the world through tiktoc. With cosy videos sharing useful growing information, this grandpa will guide you through how to start growing your own food at home.

https://www.facebook.com/growingwithgrandpa/

Wonderful Websites for Green Fingered Families

Good to Grow

Detailing community gardens across the UK, this puts you in the direction of growing opportunities in your communities.

https://www.goodtogrowuk.org/

RHS Advice

A great place to both search for answers to your gardening problems and find your next garden challenge!

https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice

Sustainable Navenby

A guide to shopping sustainably when visiting Navenby

The Lounge Cafe

Located at the back of the Navenby Antiques Centre, this small cafe has a strong focus on locally soured products.

Choosing small businesses in your local area is a simple way to reduce your carbon footprint, while supporting the local economy.

Navenby Antiques Centre

Found on Navenby High Street this friendly Antiques Shop is a great place to find unique and inspiring gifts.

Buying preowned/second hand is a fantastic way to reduce your impact on the planet, preventing waste and reducing the need to produce new items.

Petal and Stalk

A delightful, small, florists on Navenby High Street.

They carefully source British grown flowers to reduce the carbon footprint of their displays. Upcycling and reusing items to create one of a kind gifts.

Pedal Electric Cycles

Making cycling accessible to everyone is the goal for this small cycle shop on East Road in Navenby.

Their dedicated staff see electric bicycles as an important tool for reducing car use. Making cycling accessible to those who might otherwise struggle with a standard push bicycle, and allowing confident cyclists to go further or carry more shopping.

Seconda Dress Agency

Located on Navenby High Street Seconda provides high quality preloved clothing and hat hire service.

Extending the life of each item and preventing beautiful clothing ending up landfill.

A great Slow Fashion option.