Events

If you want to see the notes from previous meetings click here.

If you have an idea for an event, please let Karen know.

Wednesday 19th June
Meet 6.30-7pm
Fire Pits, BBQ and Culm Wild Flower Walk - kindly hosted by Paul

This DASH event is only open to members.

Southcombe Farm, Holsworthy

Paul will provide a wild BBQ and large fire pits down in the valley. Water can be boiled on the fire so you can bring tea/coffee etc. - he will provide plenty of logs and fresh water.

Bring your own food for the BBQ and a plate/dish of food to share with everyone.

Bring your own plate, cup, knife, fork etc.

Plenty of logs/stumps for seats but you are welcome to bring camp chairs if you would prefer something more comfortable!

Wellies advised.

There will be a bucket/bush loo nearby.

Once everyone has arrived we will walk to the BBQ area and leave all the food/belongings there.

Those that wish to do so can then walk through the culm and see the wild flowers before returning for the BBQ.


Monday 8th July
Meet 1.30pm for 1.45pm start
Devonia Tannery Tour (limited places)

This DASH event is only open to members.

Buckfastleigh

Devonia, based in Buckfastleigh on the edge of Dartmoor, is Britain's oldest established sheepskin tannery and still employs traditional processing techniques. They have kindly offered DASH members a tour of the tannery so we can see the process from start to finish.


Thursday 8th August

Okehampton Show (NOT a DASH event)

Look out for the DASH stand at Okehampton Show. www.okehamptonshow.co.uk


Sunday 11th August
Meet 10.30am for 11am start
Dizzy Dairy - Sheep’s Cheese - Tour and Tasting (limited places)

This DASH event is only open to members.

£2.50pp

Rob and Katie are based at Dizzard Farm, Dizzard, Bude, in North Cornwall.

Rob has been a sheep farmer all his life and Katie for 10 years.

In September 2023 they decided to diversify, breeding their milking sheep, so they could milk the sheep and produce Sheep’s Cheese.

They have started to mature their first batch of cheeses and have just released their range of soft, semi-soft and hard Sheep’s Cheeses, available to purchase.

Katie and Rob have kindly offered to give us a tour of the farm in it’s idyllic setting and of their small dairy. We can meet the sheep, see the milking parlour, view the cheese production room where Katie will explain the cheesemaking process, and hear all about their journey.

Due to regulations set by the Food Standards Agency we will not be able to see actual cheese making in progress. There will also be a brief health questionnaire to fill out on arrival.

Cheeses will be available to taste and purchase!


Thursday 22nd August

Holsworthy and Stratton Show (NOT a DASH event)

Look out for the DASH stand at Holsworthy and Stratton Show. www.holsworthyandstrattonagriculturalshow.co.uk


Wednesday 11th September
Meet for 11am start
Torview Wines - Tour, Wine Tasting, Sheep’s Fleece Project, Bring a Picnic

This DASH event is only open to members.

£7.50pp

Beara Farm, Sheepwash

Tim will give us a guided tour of his vineyard followed by a tasting of his wines. Wines will be available to purchase!

With the help of some sheep fleece donated by DASH membership secretary, Kate, they are also looking at replicating some of the research done at a Welsh Vineyard. Here, they found that by putting fleece between the vines there were benefits such as: increasing soil nutrients, reducing pests, and increasing moisture retention; all of which helped increase the sugar content of the grapes and thus produced a better wine.

Fleeces have been put around the vines and they will start collecting data, hoping for some definitive results next year.Tim has kindly agreed, for anyone wishing to do so, to allow us to stay on and have a picnic whilst admiring the views.