Recently a contingent of green-minded individuals flew to Spain for the latest instalment of Netplants workshop weeks. The Erasmus Plus-funded project Netplants aims to reconnect vulnerable people with the environment at its source, focusing on practical workshops in foraging, gardening, cooking and natural crafts. As well as the Spanish team, Superact are working with organisations from France, Ireland and Romania on the project. Each country takes it in turns to host delegates for a week and provide experiential learning in the four environment-centred domains within their location and culture. Our Superact team describes their Spanish experience here:
I was lucky enough to be able to take part in the Netplants five-day educational extravaganza, out in Spain this spring. We worked with learners from all around Europe, to learn and engage in sustainable and educational workshops that we could bring back to the UK to teach the communities that we work with. The workshops were varied and exciting, ranging from Spanish cooking techniques to flower pressing, plant ID and permaculture gardening. I have already pressed nearly all of the flowers in our bee garden with our students! Thanks for a wonderful time. Highly recommend this to anyone….
Growing Futures‘ trip to Zaragosa was fantastic , not only the wonderful city and its rich history, but the generous and welcoming hosts. I was very impressed with the growing workshops. I learnt some new ways of engaging with learners. Special thanks to Theresa and El Tranvia who organized everything and were so welcoming.
Desmond Morris, Founder – Growing Futures
I was very happy to be invited along to the Netplants workshop in Zaragoza as it was an opportunity to take a break from my hectic day-job setting up the Grow Bristol urban farm & social enterprise and engage with a diverse and dynamic international group in a great city. And so it proved. The group really bonded and we had some great activities, workshops and interaction and worked with a broad range of local trainers, organisers and beneficiaries. The Spanish organisers did a great job, worked us very hard but made up for it with great food and hospitality! Being involved in Netplants has helped me to better understand how to deliver engagement and education with our clients at Grow Bristol and we hope to continue the relationship with Netplants and Superact.
Dermot O’Regan, co-founder – Grow Bristol CIC
I felt lucky to be able to take part in the third Netplants workshop week in Spain, hosted by the wonderful Fundacion el Tranvia, and what a week it was! Along with two wonderful learners and a trainer from Growing Futures, Grow Bristol and Bee the Change – all Bristol-based environment and sustainability-focused organisations, we were treated to a true Spanish cultural experience with dance, music, food and warm hospitality.
The four workshops centred around gardening, cooking on a budget, wild plants and natural art and were excellently run by various members and trainers of the organisation. We learnt how to make natural toothpaste and fruit conserves as well as some tasty traditional meals, how to press flowers and how to transplant plants; we also learnt about food intolerances and European schemes to improve farmer and consumer relationships.
It truly was a jam-packed week and a new experience for both learners and trainers alike where connections were made and knowledge exchanged. We look forward to the next!
Matilda Kay, Project Assistant – Superact
The fourth Netplants workshop week will be taking place in Romania in June – watch this space to find out what amazing local cultural and environmental practices our delegates learn about. Until then you can catch up with Netplants so far by delving in to our previous blogs here and here, visiting our facebook page or contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.