FUNDRAISING DINNER HOSTED BY YEO VALLEY

12 SEPTEMBER 2019

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We’re hugely looking forward to our first fundraising event, an audience with Sir Tim Smit (Eden Project), live auction and organic dinner in the beautiful setting of Yeo Valley HQ overlooking Blagdon Lake, Somerset. We’ll be welcoming supporters and guests from across the great and good of soil health and ethical consumerism including Pukka Teas, Neals Yard, Triodos Bank, the Soil Association, TreeAid, Carbon Gold, the Wildlife Trusts, River Cottage, the Sustainable Food Trust and many more.

BE PART OF THE EVENT!

Even if you’re not attending the dinner, you can still take part by bidding for one of the unique experiences and items on offer in our auction. All bids will be collected and compete with live bids in the room on Thursday evening. Take a look at our nine lots below and click the buttons to place a bid or email ursula@sustainablesoils.org. We’ll be in touch to let you know if you’re the highest bidder.

LOT 1: THE FORAGER BIKE

A British handmade bicycle created by by award-winning bike frame builders Sven Cycles in collaboration with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall.

This is a one-off, unique prototype: custom built to order this bike would cost well over £5,000. For foragers who might like a push up a steep hill, it could be adapted to run on a small electric motor.

Designed and equipped for collecting and cooking a variety of wild food: the bike includes -

  • Fire Pit: the BBQ has been designed so as not to damage the woodland floor

  • Up-cycled cooking pots and pans

  • Plates and utensils made from pine tree fibres that are 100% recyclable

  • Stainless steel water bottles and thermos

  • Chopping board made from recycled boat decking

  • Foraging tools: mushroom knife and assortment of other knives; sharpening stone; foraging hook for getting to those hard to reach treats

  • Locally made detachable wicker basket

  • Not to forget a hip flask for warming the cockles! More detail & see it in action here.

LOT 2: A WEEK IN ST. MAWES, CORNWALL

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A week in Brooks Cottage in St Mawe - luxury accommodation for 6 guests.

For further information and pictures visit the Portscatho Cottages site.

LOT 3: VISIT THE EDEN PROJECT + LUNCH WITH SIR TIM SMIT KBE

 
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Tickets for four to visit the Eden Project in Cornwall: nestled in a huge crater, massive Biomes house the largest rainforest in captivity, whilst stunning plants, exhibitions and stories serve as a backdrop to the striking contemporary gardens and exciting year-round family events.

The Eden Project is the brainchild of Sir Tim Smit, also behind the restoration of the Lost Gardens of Heligan, as well as being an active environmental campaigner. As part of the prize the lucky winners will have the chance to bend Tim’s ear over a complementary lunch.

LOT 4: WILDLIFE SAFARI + LUNCH AT KNEPP CASTLE ESTATE

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A 3 hour wildlife safari across the rewilded landscape of Knepp Castle Estate, home to deer, ponies, longhorn cattle and boar as well as a host of birds, butterflies and other wildlife.

The three winners will be hosted by the Estate’s Head Ecologist and transported in either a Kawasaki Mule of Landrover (depending on weather).

The tour will be followed by lunch in the Knepp Castle kitchen with either Isabella Tree, author of the wonderful Wilding book about the history of the Knepp project, or Charlie Burrell, inspiration and instigator of the Knepp project.

Find more on the project here and Knepp Safaris here.

LOT 5: TOUR OF STONELYNK ORGANICS & BLUEBELL WOOD WITH CRAIG SAMS

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A walk in a bluebell wood in Sussex and a visit to the Stonelynk Organics vegetable farm.

Craig Sams (founder, Whole Earth Foods, Green & Blacks) and partner Jo will host a walk in Stonelynk Wood during the bluebell season (mid-April to late May) followed by an organic lunch in their walled garden in Hastings Old Town.

Stonelynk Organics thrives on land that benefited in 2014 from an application of 10 tonnes of Carbon Gold Biochar Soil Improver per hectare - see the difference with your own eyes! The winning bid will also receive a delivery of the Home Grower Starter Pack in time for the 2020 growing season.

LOT 6: THE SOILBIOLAB PLATINUM SOIL SAMPLE EXPERIENCE

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Put your soil through full biology and chemistry testing courtesy of scientists at the SoilBioLab.

A comprehensive analysis of a soil sample, selected by the winner, and the unique chance to examine their soil firsthand with the lab staff. Usual price £780.

Chemical and Physical analysis of the soil sample, including pH, texture, soil organic matter, available nutrients, exchangeable nutrients, total nutrients and cation exchange capacity.

A comprehensive Microbiology analysis of the sample including moisture content, total and active concentrations of bacteria and fungi, nematodes, protozoa and mycorrhizal fungi.

A session with lab staff including an introduction to Soil Microbiology and training in basic microscopy - and the chance to look at your own soil at up to 400x magnification!

LOT 7: FARM WALK WITH GUY SINGH-WATSON + LUNCH AT RIVERFORD KITCHEN

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A tour for two of the Riverford Organics farm with founder Guy Singh-Watson, self-confessed veg nerd, organics fanatic and responsible for growing Riverford from one man & a wheelbarrow to a 50,000+ customer veg box delivery service.

The winners are then invited to enjoy lunch at the award-winning field kitchen situated on the farm.

LOT 8: SAVERNAKE FOREST ANCIENT TREE WALK WITH TED GREEN

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Guided walk of Savernake Forest near Marlborough: surviving remnant of an ancient royal forest, site of special scientific interest, location of Henry VII’s first meeting with Jane Seymour in 1535 and home to some of the most ancient trees in Britain.

Explore and learn more about these trees, some dating back more than 1000 years, with founder of the Ancient Tree Forum, Ted Green.

LOT 9: UNIQUE & ORIGINAL SOIL ARTWORK

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Signed, limited edition lino print:

A Teaspoon of Soil

Hand produced by artist, illustrator and printmaker Salina Jane.

Find more of Salina’s original prints in her Etsy shop. After the auction, 25% of all profits made from sales of this print will be donated to the SSA.

With many thanks to Yeo Valley and our other supporters & contributors for making this evening possible.