Marine Resources Panel agrees bass protection plan

 

 

 

 

 

The Marine Resources Panel has agreed a package of legislative measures to protect Jersey’s bass stocks.

At a meeting on Monday 18 January, the Panel agreed that since the EU has not yet published a new regulation confirming additional measures agreed at the December EU fisheries council, it should recommend to the Minister for Environment that he continues with the package of measures that is currently in process. These measures consist of:

Increase in minimum size to 42cm

Maximum three fish per day per person for recreational fishermen

Maximum limit of 50 hooks set on the beach

Maximum limit of 100 metres of net set on the beach

Increase to 110mm minimum mesh size for nets set on the beach

In addition, there will be a ban on winter pelagic trawling. And the Minister for Economic Development has agreed to draft a change to the Policing of Beaches regulations to remove an exemption for driving on the beach to transport fishing equipment. In future, a permit will be required.

Under the current Fisheries Management Agreement, some regulations must have the agreement of the UK Secretary of State, which has already been requested. Once this is complete, the regulations will be lodged with the States Greffe and the draft legislation submitted for debate in the States. 

Any decision on further protective measures will be put off until confirmation is received that the EU has published the new regulation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

National Trust for Jersey programme for 2016

The National Trust for Jersey has sent us their programme for 2016. It follows below:

February

Thursday 4 February - Coastal Cinema

Kindly supported by Quilter Cheviot

Come along to the Frances Le Sueur Centre and watch the ‘Perfect Storm’ with George Clooney, which tells the story of the Andrea Gail, a commercial fishing vessel that was lost at in the Perfect Storm of 1991.

 

Meeting point – Frances Le Sueur Centre, St Ouen

Time – 7 – 9 pm

Price - £10 including glass of wine

483193 – Booking essential

 

Sunday 7 February – World Wetland Day at the Wetland Centre

Come along to the centre to celebrate World Wetlands Day. With guided walks around St Ouen’s Pond and its environs, talks and guidance from bird-watching experts and crafts and games for children in the classroom, there will be something for everyone!

 

Meeting point – Wetland Centre, St Ouen

Time – 1 – 4 pm

FREE

 

 

 

Tuesday 16 February - Vintage Crafts Workshop: Making a Decorative Shell Box

Children are invited to create a decorative shell box inspired by the shell-covered gifts that 19th-century traders used to bring back to their sweethearts at home.  A wonderful opportunity for families to work together in the delightful setting of 16 New Street.

 

Meeting Point - 16 New Street

Time- 10 am – 11.15 am

Price - £5.00 Trust Members; £10 Non-members to include materials and refreshments

483193 – Booking essential

Suitable for 6 - 12 year-olds

 

Saturday 20 and 27 - Pruning and Grafting Apple Trees with Vincent Obbard

Did you know that every full sized apple tree is made from two different trees? Enjoy a morning of practical information and hands-on learning about the art and science of grafting and pruning apple trees. Morning coffee on arrival at the Manor.

 

Meeting point – Samares Manor Car Park

Time – 9.30 to 12.30

Price - £15 Trust Members - £20 Non Members.

483193 – Booking essential

You will receive a rootstock and a scion to graft and take home for planting (max 15 people per session)

 

March

 

Thursday 3 February - Coastal Cinema

This month’s Coastal Cinema will be held in Room 4 at Grève de Lecq Barracks. The film is ‘Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea’, based on the classic science fiction novel by French writer Jules Verne published in 1870.

Meeting point – Room 4 Greve de Lecq Barracks

Time – 7 – 9 pm

Price - £10 including glass of wine

483193 – Booking essential

 

Tots’ Tales

Our popular story sessions for pre-school children begin again on World Book Day. Join us at Grève de Lecq Barracks throughout March for stories and crafts with a coastal theme.

Thursday 3rd March (World Book Day) - ‘Sally and the Limpet’ by Simon James

Thursday 10th March – ‘Rainbow Fish’ by Marcus Pfister

Thursday 17th March – ‘Sharing a Shell’ by Julia Donaldson

 

Meeting point – Grève de Lecq Barracks

Time – 10am-11am

Price - Free Trust members, £5 Non Members

483193 – Booking essential

 

Woodland Wanders

Pull on your wellington boots and join us in the woods at Hamptonne for a Woodland Wander during this beautiful time of year. With fun, educational activities, children will explore, discover, learn and create (and maybe get a little bit muddy!)

 

Thursday 31st March

 

Meeting point – given at time of booking

Sessions at 10 am and 2 pm each day.

Duration – 2 hours

Price - Free Trust members, £5 Non Members

483193 – Booking essential

For children 4-11 years old.  All children must be accompanied by an adult. Please wear long trousers and closed shoes that you do not mind getting muddy.  Unsuitable for buggies.

 

Kindly supported by HSBC

 

Saturday 26 March (Easter Saturday) – The Shark Egg Hunt

An Easter egg hunt with a difference! Alongside knowledgeable guides, search the high-tide line for shark, ray and skate egg cases which will be identified counted and added to the marine conservation survey (and there may just be a chocolate treat at the end).

 

Meeting point – Given at time of booking

Time – 10 -11 am

FREE

 

27 March ‘Rambles around Rozel’

Enjoy footpaths and hidden tracks with Bob Tompkins on this circular walk before a visit to La Ferme to meet Robbie Perchard and his herd!  Lunch at the Rozel Bay Inn or the ‘Hungry Man’ kiosk before returning to White Rock.

 

Meeting Point – Car Park at White Rock

Time 10 am

Duration - 4 hours (moderate difficulty)

Price – Free Trust Members, £5 Non Members (lunch/refreshments at own expense)

483193 – Booking essential

 

Thursday 31 March - An Evening with Kaiya Campbell

Come along to listen to solo artist 17-year-old Kaiya Campbell. 2015 was a busy year, with acclaimed performances at the Gig in the Park and Jersey Live. Kaiya plays guitar and piano and promises an intimate evening of entertainment with songs from artists such as Adele together with her own compositions.

 

Meeting Point - 16 New Street

Time –7 pm – 8.30 pm

Price £10 to include a glass of wine

483193 – Booking essential

 

Woodland Wanders

Pull on your wellington boots and join us in the woods at Hamptonne for a Woodland Wander during this beautiful time of year. With fun, educational activities, children will explore, discover, learn and create (and maybe get a little bit muddy)

 

Friday 1st April

Monday 4th April

Tuesday 5th April

 

Meeting point – given at time of booking

Sessions at 10 am and 2 pm each day.

Duration – 2 hours

Price - Free Trust members, £5 Non Members

483193 – Booking essential

For children 4-11 years old.  All children must be accompanied by an adult. Please wear long trousers and closed shoes that you do not mind getting muddy.  Unsuitable for buggies.

 

Kindly supported by HSBC

 

Monday 4 April to Sunday 10 April - An Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde

Experience Oscar Wilde’s much loved comedy drama performed by the Butterfly Theatre Company. Watch the drama unfold in the unique setting of the Georgian house museum at 16 New Street.

 

Meeting Point - 16 New Street

Time – 1 pm/6.30 and 8 pm

Price - £10 TBC lunchtime performances (45 mins)£12 TBC evening performances (1 hour)

483193 – Booking essential

 

Thursday 7th April - Coastal Cinema

Enjoy ‘The Crimson Pirate’ - a 1952 American adventure film starring Burt Lancaster as Captain Vallo, the eponymous pirate set in the Caribbean in the 18th century. Tongue-in-cheek, it provides light comedy touches in an otherwise dramatic story.

 

Meeting point - Frances Le Sueur Centre

Time – 7 – 9 pm

Price - £10 including glass of wine

483193 – Booking essential

 

Treasures of Jersey’s National Coastal Park - Saturday 10th to Sunday 11th April

 

Saturday 9 April – Wonders of the Salt Marsh

Join Botanist Tina Hull on a walk from Big Vern’s toward Kempt Tower to find out how plants cope in an environment that is subjected to so many intense environmental pressures – blazing heat, wild storms, wind and salt water!

 

Meeting point - Car park next to Big Vern’s

Time – 2.30 pm

Duration – 1 to 1.5 hours

Price - Free Trust Members, £5 Non Members

Please note that the ground is uneven and walkers will need to be fairly agile to bend down to examine plants.

 

Sunday 10 April - Written in the Sand – Les Blanches Banques Uncovered.

Retelling the stories of this large open area of sand-dune – from dolmens to drama groups: from islanders’ playground to coastal park status. Journey back in time on a one hour circular meander with coastline campaigner Mike Stentiford MBE.

 

Meeting point - Le Carrier car park

Time – 10.30 am

Duration – 1 hour

Price - Free Trust Members, £5 Non Members

 

Sunday 10 April – Coastal Forage with Kazz Padidar

This coastal forage on St Ouen’s beach will take in tide and shoreline and identify edible plants, seaweeds and shellfish. Cooking on a beach fire, the foraged food will be prepared and participants can learn about healthy properties they may hold.

 

Meeting point – Given at time of booking

Time – 1.30 pm

Duration – 1.5 hours

Price - £15.00

483193 – Booking essential

Please dress with an eye on the weather.

 

Sunday 10 April - Explore the Seaweed Gardens of L’Etacq

Join Bob Tompkins through the flood gullies of L’Etacq. With over 400 species of seaweed and a vast range of marine species in this inter-tidal world, delve into the unique rock pools of this rugged part of St Ouen.

 

Meeting point - Car park at Faulkner Fisheries

Time – 2.00 pm

Duration – 2.5 to 3 hours

Price - Free Trust Members, £5 Non Members

483193 – Booking essential

Wear suitable footwear as you will be wading through the gullies and getting wet! Moderate difficulty.

 

Charlotte Bronte Week at 16 New Street - Commemorating 200 years since the birth of Charlotte Bronte. 

 

Tuesday 19 April - Film Jane Eyre

A fine adaptation of Bronte’s classic love story, starring Mia Wasikowska and Dame Judi Dench, screened in the elegant Regency drawing room at 16 New Street.

 

Meeting Point – 16 New Street

Time 7 – 9 pm

Price £10 to include a glass of wine on arrival

483193 – Book and pay in advance

 

Thursday 21 April - Jane Eyre Costume Dinner

Supported by Highlands Academy, Cimandis Jersey and Vend]

To celebrate the life and work of novelist Charlotte Bronte, we are hosting a Regency-style banquet in the splendour of our magnificent Club Room at 16 New Street. Guests are encouraged to dress in 19th-century costume.

 

Meeting Point - 16 New Street

Time – 6.30 to 10 pm

Price £80 per person for a 3 course meal, including wine

Tickets are limited so early booking is essential.

483193 – Booking essential

 

Money raised from this event will be used towards the purchase of a Regency sideboard and silver candelabra for the dining room at 16 New Street.

 

Friday 22 April - Food Glorious Food

As part of Charlotte Bronte week, our resident housekeeper will be cooking up a tantalising feast of traditional 19th-century recipes, laid out for visitors to sample in the Regency dining room of 16 New Street - a great opportunity to learn about Jersey’s culinary heritage.

 

Meeting Point - 16 New Street

Price - Free to Trust Members; £5 Non-members

No need to book.

 

 

 

Saturday 23 April – Strongpoint Plémont

Matthew Costard, Vice President of the Channel Islands Occupation Society (Jersey) will lead this guided walk around the German fortifications of Strongpoint Plémont. The clearance of the former holiday camp has uncovered several Occupation structures that were previously inaccessible.

 

Meeting point- (meeting point given at time of booking).

Time - 2.30 pm

Duration 2 hours

Price – Free Trust and CIOS Members, £5 Non Members

483193 – Booking essential

 

Thursday 5 May - Coastal Cinema

Disney’s ‘Oceans’ is a spectacular story about remarkable creatures under the sea. Look at the lives of these elusive deep-water creatures through their own eyes. Migrate with whales, swim alongside a great white shark and race with dolphins at play.

 

Meeting point – Frances Le Sueur Centre

Time – 7 – 9 pm

Price - £10 including glass of wine

483193 – Booking essential

 

Saturday 7 May - La Pulente Wracking Gullies

Tread the track ways of the Island’s old wracking harvesters with Bob Tompkins. Cartwheel ruts and rock cut channels bear testament to the generations of families that worked the land and sea to make a hard earned living.

 

Meeting point – La Pulente Car Park

Time – 12.00 noon

Duration – 2.5 hours - bring a packed lunch and refreshments.

Price - Free Trust Members, £5 Non Members

483193 – Booking essential

 

Saturday 14 May Open Milling Day

Come along to the only working watermill in Jersey to view the milling process.  Watch the Rangers open the sluice gates, follow the water as it travels along the leat, admire the ancient waterwheel as it springs into action and meet our very own Miller. Free guided walks to neighbouring Tesson Mill throughout the day.

 

Meeting Point - Le Moulin de Quétivel

Time - 10am – 4pm

Price - Free to Trust Members; £3 Non-members

Refreshments are available throughout the day.

Please park at the Mill Pond in St Peter’s Valley

 

Saturday 21 May Bread Making Workshop at Quétivel Mill

Inspired by The Great British Bake Off? Brush up on your bread making skills at our own Mill in St Peter’s Valley. Learn how to make a classic farmhouse loaf using our own stoneground flour under the guidance of artisan baker Darren Wallser.

 

Meeting Point - Quétivel Mill

Time - 10am –3pm

Price: £45 to include materials and refreshments

Please park at the Duck Pond in St Peter’s Valley

A ploughman’s lunch and all materials will be provided.

 

Sunday 22 May – Orchid Field (Le Noir Pré) Open Afternoon

Experience a riot of colour at Le Noir Pré, our orchid meadows. Learn about these beautiful flowers with expert botanist Tina Hull; discover how to photograph them and keep the children entertained on a ‘Bug Safari’ with a National Trust Ranger.

 

Meeting point – Le Chemin de L’Ouziere, St Ouen’s Bay

Time – 2 pm

Duration – 2 hours

Price – Free entry

 

Thursday 26 May - A Short History of Interior Design: Baroque Interiors

In his first talk in the series, local historian and expert Peter Le Rossignol examines the exuberant Baroque style, which originated in Italy and influenced interior design across Europe. Best known for its sense of drama and love of the ornate, the Baroque style remained fashionable until about 1725.

 

Meeting Point - 16 New Street

Time – 7 to 8.15 pm

Price- £10 to include a glass of wine

483193 Booking essential

 

Saturday 28 May and Sunday 29 May Basket making Workshop at Quétivel Mill

In this two-day workshop at Quétivel Mill, you are invited to learn the ancient craft of basket weaving under the expert guidance of James Dyson.  N previous willow weaving experience is required – just lots of enthusiasm!

 

Meeting Point - Quétivel Mill

Time – 10 am to 4 pm

Price: £120 to include materials and refreshments

483193 – Booking essential.

Please park at the Mill Pond in St Peter’s Valley

Lunch, refreshments and all materials will be provided and we intend for everyone to go home with their own simple round stake and strand basket.

 

 

 

Tuesday 31 May Vintage Crafts Workshop: Making a Decoupage Vase and Flower Posy

In our second half-term workshop, children are invited to create a flower posy and decorative vase, employing the ancient art of decoupage.  A wonderful opportunity for families to work together with their child in the delightful setting of 16 New Street.

 

Meeting Point - 16 New Street

Time – 10 to 11.15 am

Price - £5.00 Trust Members; £10 Non Members to include materials and refreshments

Suitable for 6 - 12 year-olds

483193 – Book and pay in advance

June

Thursday 2 June - Coastal Cinema

Les Vacances de Monsieur Hulot is a 1953 French comedy film starring and directed by Jacques Tati. It introduced the pipe-smoking, well-meaning but clumsy character of Monsieur Hulot. The film gained an international reputation for its creator when released in 1953.

 

Meeting point - Parade Ground – Grève de Lecq Barracks

Time – 7 – 9 pm

Price - £10 including glass of wine

483193 – Booking essential.

 

Saturday 4 June - Country Crafts: Herb Workshop

“Let medicine be your food and food be your medicine”

Whether you are passionate about using herbs to flavour your food, aid your digestion or nourish your body this workshop is for you.  A wonderfully informative, relaxing and rejuvenating course at Quétivel Mill.

 

Meeting Point – Quétivel Mill

Time – 2.30 – 5.30 pm

Price £35 to include all materials and refreshments

483193 – Booking essential.

Lunch and all materials will be provided and we intend for everyone to go home with their own handmade beauty products, made with local herbs and essential oils.

 

Thursday 16 June - A Short History of Interior Design: Georgian Interiors

In his second talk in the series, Peter Le Rossignol looks at interior design of the Georgian period (1714-1830), which saw the rise of highly influential designers and architects such as Robert Adam and Horace Walpole. The Georgian Drawing Room at 16 New Street provides an authentic setting for this fascinating talk.

 

Meeting Point - 16 New Street

Time 7 – 8.15

Price - £10 to include a glass of wine

483193 – Booking essential

 

Saturday 18 June - Time Travel at Grève de Lecq

A rare opportunity to compare a day in the life of a typical 18th-century soldier with that of a World War II soldier – what they wore, where they slept, what they ate and which weapons they used! The site will be divided into two distinctive camps – with the 1781 Militia stationed up at Catel Fort (listen out for the canons) and Force 135 based at the parade ground.

 

Meeting Point - Grève de Lecq Barracks and Catel Fort

Time 11 am to 4 pm

Price - suggested minimum donation £2 per person

Refreshments are available throughout the day

 

Saturday 18 June - Wild West in Full Bloom

Join Botanist Tina Hull and discover the botanical delights of coastal strip, dune and wet meadowland.  See plants which have adapted to survive salt spray, baking sun and little fresh water along with plants at home within a wet meadow.

 

Meeting point - Car park next to Big Vern’s

Time – 2.30 pm

Duration – 2 hours

Price - Free Trust Members, £5 Non Members

Please note that the ground is uneven and walkers will need to be fairly agile to bend down to examine plants.

 

Friday and Saturday 24 and 25 June - Sunset Concerts

Enjoy live music in the beautiful setting of the natural amphitheatre at Grantez overlooking St Ouen’s Bay. Bring a picnic and enjoy fantastic live music as the sun sets. 2016 sees local bands perform on the Friday evening and Brothers Strut on Saturday.

 

Meeting Point – Mont Grantez

Time – 5.30 to 9.30 pm

Price – FREE but retiring collection. £5 for Parking

 

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July

 

Bug Safaris - BRAND NEW FOR 2016!

Our Bug Safaris have had a make-over! With a different focus for each session, children will not only hunt for their favourite invertebrates, but also join in with fun, educational games and crafts in our secret hideaway beside St. Ouen’s Bay.

 

July 26th – Bees, Wasps and Ants

July 27th – Dragonflies and Damselflies

 

Meeting point – given at time of booking

Time - All sessions start at 2pm

Price – Free for Trust members, £5 Non Members

483193 – Booking essential

For children 4-11 years old. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Please wear long trousers and closed shoes. Unsuitable for buggies.

 

Rock Pool Rambles

Splash through the rock pools at low-tide to discover ginormous shore crabs, tiny spider crabs, colourful anemones and beautiful starfish. Learn to look at this familiar environment in a new way and discover creatures you have never seen before!

 

Monday 18th July 11.30am

Tuesday 19th July 12.30 pm

Wednesday 20th July 1pm

Thursday 21st July 2 pm

Friday 22nd July 2.30pm

 

Meeting point – given at time of booking

FREE – Trust Members, £5 Non Members

483193– Booking essential

For children 4-11 years old. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Please wear clothes and shoes that you do not mind getting wet.  Unsuitable for buggies.

 

Kindly supported by HSBC

 

Hop To It! BRAND NEW FOR 2016!

An exciting opportunity for families to dip in to the weird and wonderful world of creatures that live in and around fresh water. Children will explore in and around the pond, identifying and learning about the strange creatures that lurk below the surface.

 

Monday 18th July 2.30pm

Friday 22nd July 10am

 

Meeting Point - given at time of booking

Price - Free Trust members, £5 Non Members

483193 – Booking essential

For children 4-11 years old. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Please wear clothes and shoes that you do not mind getting wet. Unsuitable for buggies.

 

Kindly supported by HSBC

 

 

 

Sunday 3 July – The Water World of the Violet Bank

Join Bob Tompkins on a ramble across the Violet Bank and the lagoon between Seymour Tower and the Karame reef.  Discover why this unique reef system is a ‘RAMSAR’ site and learn about the marine life that calls it home.

 

Meeting point - Car park opposite the Seymour Inn

Time – 11.00 am

Duration – 3.5 hours

Price - £5.00

483193 – Booking essential

Wear suitable footwear as you will be wading through the gullies and getting wet!

 

Thursday 7th July - Coastal Cinema

Point Break is the 1991 cult classic surfing thriller starring Patrick Swayze and Keanu Reeves. The title refers to the surfing term where a wave breaks as it hits a point of land. Reeves stars as rookie FBI agent Johnny Utah.

 

Meeting point – Le Don Hilton (The White House, St Ouen’s Bay)

Time – 7 – 9 pm

Price - £10 including glass of wine

483193 – Booking essential

 

Monday 4 July - Vikings, Mills and Bunkers

Join Blue Badge Guide Jean Treleven on a beautiful journey around the mills and bunkers of rural St Lawrence and St Peter’s valley, through Green lanes and woodland with the occasional steep slope! Learn about Norse place names and Vikings!  

 

Meeting Point - Mill Pond, St Peter’s Valley

Time – 10 am – 1 pm

Duration – 3 hours

Price – Free Trust Members, £5 Non Members

 

Wednesday 13 July – Friday 15 July Embroidery Week at 16 New Street

The National Trust for Jersey have teamed up with The Embroiderers’ Guild to create a unique exhibition celebrating 300 years since the birth of landscape architect Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. Hand-embroidered cushions, inspired by landscapes and gardens managed by the Trust will be displayed as a trail throughout the house.

 

Meeting Point – 16 New Street

Time – 10am – 5pm

Entry £5.00; Trust Members free

 

 

 

Saturday 23 July - The Tea Party at the Barracks

Come along and enjoy a scrumptious cream tea at Grève de Lecq Barracks prepared by Maureen Bourniquel and her team of volunteers. Enjoy freshly made scones with homemade jam and Jersey cream served al fresco if the sun is shining in this unique setting.

 

Meeting point – Room 4 Grève de Lecq Barracks

Time – 2.30 pm

Price - £6 – all funds raised to go towards the maintenance and upkeep of Plémont forever and for everyone.

 

Sunday 24 July – Kite Flying at Plémont

Come along to the newly restored headland at Plémont – the subject of much campaigning over the past 10 years. Learn how to make and fly a kite, bring a picnic and enjoy a wonderful fun-filled afternoon for all the family.

 

Meeting Point – Plémont

Time – 2 pm

Duration – 3 hours

Price – Free

 

August

 

Bug Safaris - BRAND NEW FOR 2016!

Our Bug Safaris have had a make-over! With a different focus for each session, children will not only hunt for their favourite invertebrates, but also join in with fun, educational games and crafts in our secret hideaway beside St. Ouen’s pond.

 

August 9th – Centipedes and Millipedes

August 10th – Beetles and Bugs

August 15th – Ladybirds

August 16th – Crickets and Grasshoppers

August 24th – Woodlice and Worms

August 25th – Butterflies and Moths

August 29th – Slugs and Snails

 

Meeting point – given at time of booking

Time - All sessions start at 2pm

Price – Free for Trust members, £5 Non Members

483193 – Booking essential

For children 4-11 years old. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Please wear long trousers and closed shoes.  Unsuitable for buggies.

 

Kindly supported by HSBC

 

 

Rock Pool Rambles

Splash through the rock pools at low-tide to discover ginormous shore crabs, tiny spider crabs, colourful anemones and beautiful starfish. Learn to look at this familiar environment in a new way and discover creatures you have never seen before!

 

Monday 1st August 11.30am

Tuesday 2nd August 12.30 pm

Wednesday 3rd August1.30pm

Thursday 4th August 2 pm

Friday 5th August 2.30 pm

Monday 15th August 10.30 am

Tuesday 16th August 11 am

Wednesday 17th August 12 pm

Thursday 18th August 1 pm

Friday 19th August 1.30 pm

Monday 22nd August 3.30 pm

Tuesday 23rd August 4 pm

Monday 29th August 10.30 am

Tuesday 30th August 11.30 am

Wednesday 31st August 12.15 pm

 

Meeting point – given at time of booking

FREE – Trust Members, £5 Non Members

483193– Booking essential

For children 4-11 years old. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Please wear clothes and shoes that you do not mind getting wet.  Unsuitable for buggies.

 

Kindly supported by HSBC

 

Hop To It! BRAND NEW FOR 2016!

An exciting opportunity for families to dip in to the weird and wonderful world of creatures that live in and around fresh water. Children will explore in and around the pond, identifying and learning about the strange creatures that lurk below the surface.

 

Wednesday 17th August 3 pm

Tuesday 23rd August 10 am

Friday 26th August 2.00 pm

Tuesday 30th August 2.30 pm

 

Meeting Point - given at time of booking

Price - Free Trust members, £5 Non Members

483193 – Booking essential

For children 4-11 years old. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Please wear clothes and shoes that you do not mind getting wet. Unsuitable for buggies.

 

Kindly supported by HSBC

 

Thursday 4th August - Coastal Cinema  

Finding Nemo is the 2003 animated film produced by Pixar Studios. It tells the story of an overprotective clownfish named Marlin who, with a regal tang named Dory, searches for his abducted son Nemo all the way to Sydney Harbour.

 

Meeting point – Parade Ground at Grève de Lecq Barracks

Time – 7 – 9 pm

Price - £10 including glass of wine (for adults only)

483193 – Booking essential

 

Saturday 6 August - Beatrix Potter Family Day Out - commemorating 150 years since the birth of Beatrix Potter

Storytelling throughout the day along with an exhibition to celebrate the life of this much-loved children’s author who bequeathed 4,000 acres to the National Trust.

 

Meeting Point - 16 New Street

Time – 10 am to 4 pm

Price - £5.00; under 7s free of charge

Come dressed as your favourite Beatrix Potter character

 

Saturday 13 August – Big ‘Wild’ sleep out at Morel Farm

A one night only ‘sleep over’ at Morel Farm. Cook on a campfire, go on a moonlit walk, search for glow worms, create a feast for a hedgehog, build a woodland lantern, sleep under the stars and enjoy the dawn chorus….

 

Meeting point – Morel Farm

Time – 7 pm to 9 am

Price - £10

483193 – Booking essential

Families will need to bring their own tent, sleeping bags and a torch. Please note there are no washing facilities only toilet facilities.

 

September

 

Bug Safaris - BRAND NEW FOR 2016!

Our Bug Safaris have had a make-over! With a different focus for each session, children will not only hunt for their favourite invertebrates, but also join in with fun, educational games and crafts in our secret hideaway beside St. Ouen’s pond.

 

September 1st – Spiders and Harvestmen

 

Meeting point – given at time of booking

Time - All sessions start at 2pm

Price – Free for Trust members, £5 Non Members

483193 – Booking essential

For children 4-11 years old. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Please wear long trousers and closed shoes.  Unsuitable for buggies.

 

Kindly supported by HSBC

 

Thursday 1 September - Coastal Cinema

‘Jaws’ is the 1975 classic thriller directed by Steven Spielberg.  A giant man-eating great white shark attacks beachgoers on Amity Island prompting the local police chief to hunt it with the help of a marine biologist and a professional shark hunter.

 

Meeting point - Le Don Hilton (The White House, St Ouen’s Bay)

Time – 7 – 9 pm

Price - £10 including glass of wine

483193 – Booking essential

 

Saturday 3 September – Icho Tower via La Rocque

A scenic ramble with Bob Tompkins to Icho Tower through the flood gullies of La Rocque. Take in the tranquil, stunning landscape around and beyond this offshore tower. Learn about the marine life, history and archaeology of this fascinating and unique part of Jersey.

 

Meeting point – La Rocque Harbour

Time – 1.00 pm

Duration – 3.5 hours

483193 – Booking essential

Price - Free Trust Members, £5 Non Members

 

Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 September - Heritage Open Days

2016 is the 80th anniversary of the National Trust for Jersey and all of the Trust’s properties will be open over the course of the weekend.  The Open Days offer you the wonderful opportunity to explore and enjoy some of the Island’s finest historic buildings. Special events and activities will be organised at the key sites.

 

Open properties and special events will be announced closer to the time. Please keep an eye on our website www.nationaltrust.je or our Facebook page.

 

Saturday 24 September Bread Making Workshop at Quétivel Mill

In our second bread making workshop, Genuine Jersey baker Darren Wallser will be on hand to guide you through the process of making your own sourdough from scratch – from mixing and flavouring the ferment to proving and baking your own loaf of bread.

 

Meeting Point - Quétivel Mill

Time - 10 am to 3 pm

Price - £45 to include materials and refreshments

483193 – Booking essential

Please park at the Mill Pond in St Peter’s Valley

A ploughman’s lunch and all materials will be provided.

 

Saturday 24 September - Wild West Gone to Seed!

Now autumn is upon us join Botanist Tina Hull and see how plants in our coastal national park have changed with the season. Come and see which plants remain, which die down and the many interesting seeds and fruits plants produce.

 

Meeting point - Car park next to Big Vern’s

Time – 2.30 pm

Duration – 2 hours

Price - Free Trust Members, £5 Non Members

Please note that the ground is uneven and walkers will need to be fairly agile to bend down to examine plants. Bring hand lenses or magnifying glasses if you have them.

October

 

Go Batty! BRAND NEW FOR 2016!

Join us in the woods to enter the twilight world of our only flying mammals. We will begin the walk as the sun goes down, then use bat detectors to help identify the bats as they start to feed at dusk.

 

Saturday 1st October 6.45pm

 

Meeting point – given at time of booking

Price - Free Trust members, £5 Non Members

483193 – Booking essential

For families with children aged 4 plus. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Please wear long trousers and closed shoes. Unsuitable for buggies.

 

Woodland Wanders

As the seasons change, come and walk through crunchy leaves and squelchy mud in the beautiful setting of Hamptonne Woods. With a variety of crafts and activities, children will experience the season in a fun and educational way.

 

Wednesday 26th 10 am and 2 pm

Thursday 27th 10 am and 2 pm

Friday 28th 10 am and 2 pm

 

Meeting point – To be advised at time of booking

 Sessions at 10 am and 2 pm each day.

Duration – 2 hours

Price - Free Trust members, £5 Non Members

483193 – Booking essential

For children 4 - 11 years old.  All children must be accompanied by an adult. Please wear long trousers and closed shoes that you do not mind getting muddy.  Unsuitable for buggies.

 

Kindly supported by HSBC

 

Thursday 6 October - Coastal Cinema

‘Mutiny on the Bounty’ (1962). Based upon a real 1759 mutiny, Marlon Brando leads the crew of the HMS Bounty in a mutiny against the sadistic Captain Bligh, portrayed by Trevor Howard.

 

Meeting point – Room 4, Greve de Lecq Barracks

Time – 7 – 9 pm

Price - £10 including glass of wine

483183 – Booking essential

 

Thursday 13 October A Night at the Opera

A fantastic programme of operatic duets and arias, performed around the grand piano in the magnificent Club Room at 16 New Street.

 

Meeting Point - 16 New Street

Time - 7 – 8.30 pm

£10 to include a glass of wine on arrival

483193 – Booking essential

 

Thursday 20 October - A Short History of Interior Design: Victorian Interiors

In our final talk in the series we explore the rich and opulent interior design of the Victorian era (1837-1901), which saw the rise of influential artists such as Pugin and William Morris. The venue for this talk will be the Victorian Club Room at 16 New Street.

 

Meeting Point -16 New Street

Time -7 – 8.15pm

Price - £10 to include a glass of wine

483193 – Booking essential

 

Thursday 20 to Saturday 22 October - Black Butter Making at The Elms

Come along and get involved in the National Trust for Jersey’s annual Black Butter making event. It is a real community affair with all ages welcome and it is free!

Thursday 20 October – Embrace the community spirit as you participate in the ancient art of making Black Butter – peeling apples from 2 to 5 pm at The Elms,

Friday 21 October - Peeling will start again at 10 am until late! Stirring of the apples and other ingredients will commence mid-morning on Friday in the large ‘bachin’ over a roaring fire in the Bake-House and will continue all night until Saturday lunch-time.  Volunteers are invited to peel, stir or contribute to the community supper which will take place on Friday evening with live music.

Saturday 22 October – Market Day from 10 am until 4 pm. Pumpkin carving, stalls selling fresh produce, home baked cakes and Jersey Wonders, cider and sausages as well as art and crafts from local artisans. Participate in the jarring up of the freshly made Black Butter which then goes on sale!

Tuesday 25 October - Vintage Crafts Workshop: Making and Furnishing your Own Doll’s House

In our final half-term workshop, children are invited to make and furnish their own doll’s house.  A wonderful opportunity for families to work together with their child in the delightful setting of 16 New Street.

 

Meeting Point - 16 New Street

Time - 10am – 11.15am

Price - £5.00 Members; £10 Non Members to include materials and refreshments

Suitable for 6 - 12 year-olds

483193 – Booking essential

 

November

Thursday 3 November - Coastal Cinema

The Fog is a 1980 American horror film about a strange, glowing fog that sweeps in over a small coastal town in California, bringing with it vengeful ghosts of mariners who were killed in a shipwreck there exactly 100 years prior.

 

Meeting point – Frances Le Sueur Centre

Time – 7 – 9 pm

Price - £10 including glass of wine

483193 – Booking essential

 

Saturday 12 November – Fungi Foray

Join Andrea Simoncelli for a guided walk through woodland in St Peter’s Valley to identify edible mushrooms. Learn about their ‘pot’ potential, colours, forms, shapes and quirks that various species display.

Meeting point – To be advised at time of booking

Time – 10 am

Duration - 2 hours.

Price - Free Trust Members, £5 Non Members

483193 – Booking essential

 

Saturday 19 November - Children’s Workshop: A Letter to Father Christmas

Good little boys and girls are invited to join us for this special Christmas workshop at 16 New Street, where they can try their hand at calligraphy and finish their personal messages to Father Christmas with sealing wax. 

 

Meeting Point - 16 New Street

Time – 10 – 11.15 am

Price - £5.00 Members; £10 Non Members to include materials and refreshments

Suitable for 6 - 12 year-olds

483193 – Booking essential

 

Christmas Craft at the Barracks

 

Tuesday 22 November – Christmas Decorations

Join Beverley Speck to create your own textile decorations in this fun session. You will make a Christmas decoration to take home and leave with a head full of ideas for more creations! All equipment is included along with refreshments.

 

Meeting Point – Room 4 Grève de Lecq Barracks

Time 7 – 9 pm

Price - £20 to include refreshments

483193 – Booking essential

 

Tuesday 29 November – Christmas card Making

Design, carve and print your own Christmas cards with artist Kerry-Jane Warner.  Learn how to carve a block and build a design to create your own cards, tags and gift wrap. Take home your block and an ink pad to continue creating.

 

Meeting Point – Room 4 Grève de Lecq Barracks

Time 7 – 9 pm

Price - £20 to include refreshments

483193 – Booking essential

 

Thursday 24 November - Late Night Shopping at 16 New Street

Step away from the crowds on King Street and lose yourself in the National Trust for Jersey’s Christmas shop, laden with imaginative and beautiful seasonal gifts. Trust members can enjoy a 10 per cent discount on all purchases if they show their membership cards at the desk.

 

Meeting Point - 16 New Street

Time - 4pm – 8pm

Seasonal refreshments will be served throughout the evening.

 

December

 

Thursday 1st December - Late Night Shopping at 16 New Street

Step away from the crowds on King Street and lose yourself in the National Trust for Jersey’s Christmas shop, laden with imaginative and beautiful seasonal gifts. Trust members can enjoy a 10 per cent discount on all purchases if they show their membership cards at the desk.

 

Meeting Point - 16 New Street

Time - 4pm – 8pm

Seasonal refreshments will be served throughout the evening.

 

 

Friday 2 to Sunday 4 December – A Victorian Christmas at Hamptonne

The Victorians changed the face of Christmas and the era saw the introduction of traditions such as the Christmas tree, the making and sending of Christmas cards, Christmas crackers filled with sweets and decorating homes with greenery. Victorians also actively revived and popularised the singing of carols and feasting.  Come along to Hamptonne and enjoy some of these traditional pursuits and eat, drink and be merry!

Time – 5 to 9 pm Friday evening - 10 am to 5 pm Saturday and Sunday

Price - £1 entry fee

Parking – Shuttle service to be provided. Details to be confirmed.

 

Saturday 3rd December Christmas at 16 New Street

Bring your family to 16 New Street on any Saturday in December and rekindle the spirit of Christmas past.  Traditional decorations will be displayed throughout the house, with a guided tour by candlelight at 4pm.

 

Meeting Point - 16 New Street

Time 4 pm

Price Free to Trust Members £5.00 Non-Members

483193 – Booking essential

 

Christmas Craft at the Barracks

 

Tuesday 6 December – Christmas Wreath Making

Join Elise Stubbs from Forge Farm Flowers and learn how to create a beautiful Christmas wreath using fresh greenery at this evening workshop.  All equipment is included along with festive refreshments.

 

Meeting Point – Room 4 Grève de Lecq Barracks

Time 7 – 9 pm

Price - £20 to include refreshments

Christmas Craft at the Barracks

Thursday 8 December - Late Night Shopping at 16 New Street

Step away from the crowds on King Street and lose yourself in the National Trust for Jersey’s Christmas shop, laden with imaginative and beautiful seasonal gifts. Trust members can enjoy a 10 per cent discount on all purchases if they show their membership cards at the desk.

 

Meeting Point - 16 New Street

Time - 4pm – 8pm

Seasonal refreshments will be served throughout the evening.

 

 

 

Saturday 10 December - Christmas at 16 New Street

Bring your family to 16 New Street and marvel at the traditional rooms, which have been festively adorned for the season. Upstairs in the attic, good little girls and boys will have the opportunity to visit Father Christmas and receive a special gift to take home with them.

 

Meeting Point - 16 New Street

Time – 10 am to 5 pm

Price - Free to Trust Members £5.00 Non Members

Visits to Father Christmas: £5.00 to include a gift

 

Tuesday 13 December - Candlelit Tour of 16 New Street

As the nights draw in, experience 16 New Street in a totally different way. Explore this fine Georgian building by candlelight, guided by one of our costumed actors. The tour ends with mulled cider and mince pies in front of a roaring fire.

 

Meeting Point - 16 New Street

Time - 6 - 7.30pm

Price £10

483193 – Booking essential

 

Thursday 15 December - Carol Concert at 16 New Street

Come and join the Amity Singers for our annual Christmas Carol Concert at 16 New Street, with seasonal refreshments served afterwards. All ages welcome.

 

Meeting Point - 16 New Street

Time 6.30 – 7.30 pm

A retiring collection will be held at the end of the evening to raise funds for 16 New Street

 

Thursday 15 December - Late Night Shopping at 16 New Street

Step away from the crowds on King Street and lose yourself in the National Trust for Jersey’s Christmas shop, laden with imaginative and beautiful seasonal gifts. Trust members can enjoy a 10 per cent discount on all purchases if they show their membership cards at the desk.

 

Meeting Point - 16 New Street

Time - 4pm – 8pm

Seasonal refreshments will be served throughout the evening.

 

Saturday 17 December - Christmas at 16 New Street

Bring your family to 16 New Street and marvel at the traditional rooms, which have been festively adorned for the season. Upstairs in the attic, good little girls and boys will have the opportunity to visit Father Christmas and receive a special gift to take home with them.

 

Meeting Point - 16 New Street

Time – 10 am to 5 pm

Price - Free to Trust Members £5.00 Non Members

Visits to Father Christmas: £5.00 to include a gift

 

Tuesday 20 December - Candlelit Tour of 16 New Street

As the nights draw in, experience 16 New Street in a totally different way. Explore this fine Georgian building by candlelight, guided by one of our costumed actors. The tour ends with mulled cider and mince pies in front of a roaring fire.

 

Meeting Point - 16 New Street

Time - 6 - 7.30pm

Price £10

483193 – Booking essential

 

Thursday 22 December - Late Night Shopping at 16 New Street

Step away from the crowds on King Street and lose yourself in the National Trust for Jersey’s Christmas shop, laden with imaginative and beautiful seasonal gifts. Trust members can enjoy a 10 per cent discount on all purchases if they show their membership cards at the desk.

 

Meeting Point - 16 New Street

Time - 4pm – 8pm

Seasonal refreshments will be served throughout the evening.

 

Jersey Gardening Club – dates for your diary

 

Tuesday 16 February: Jennifer Rendell will present  “Who’s that in the garden?” - interesting research on some familiar plants, who they’re named after and who discovered them.

Tuesday 15 March: Well known and respected “birdman” Mike Stentiford MBE will give an illustrated talk on “Going wild in the garden!”

The theme for this month’s “Looking Good in the Garden” competition for members this month is One Hyacinth bulb in a pot/vase in flower.                                                                                                          

Tuesday 19 April: Kew trained Bruce Labey, founder of The Jersey Botanical Garden Trust, will present an illustrated talk entitled “The Island of Flowers, - A Garden of Islands”.

Tuesday 17 May: John Woods of the National Gardening Society & Secretary of Manchester & Cheshire District Association will share his knowledge with an illustrated talk on “Growing& Showing Vegetables”.

All these events take place at 8pm at St Lawrence Parish Hall.  All further details from the club president and chairman,  Jennifer Rendell, whose e-mail contact details are: jenniferrendell58@gmail.com

A Wandering Wassail

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

 

The National Trust for Jersey and Jersey Heritage invite your company to join them in a ‘Wandering Wassail’ at Hamptonne and The Elms, on Saturday 16 January - a celebration of Jersey’s rich heritage of cider production.

The custom of wassailing dates back to pagan times but has enjoyed a minor resurgence in recent years. This tradition of blessing the orchard in order to receive a good harvest later in the year is a first at The Elms and Hamptonne.  Wassail (Old Norse "Ves Heil", Old English was hál, literally 'be you healthy') is a beverage of hot mulled cider, traditionally drunk as an integral part of wassailing, a Medieval drinking ritual intended to ensure a good cider apple harvest the following year. The name comes from the salute 'Waes Hail', first used as a simple greeting.

The practice of wassailing dates back centuries in England, when, in the dead of winter, villagers would stage elaborate ceremonies in the hopes of ensuring a good cider apple harvest the following year. Some of these rituals included hanging cider-soaked toast from the apple trees, encircling the oldest tree and singing, reciting incantations, banging pots and pans, even firing shotguns. Often, a Wassail King or Queen was elected to help awaken the trees and scare away evil spirits. Then an incantation is usually recited such as:-

Stand Fast root, bear well top.

Pray good God send us a howling good crop.

Every twig, apples big,

Every bough, apples enow.

As the 2015 apple harvest was fantastic, the National Trist and Jersey Heritage hope that your assistance will be available to encourage a good crop in 2016.

So, dress up warmly, help to crown the king and queen of the Wassail, toast the orchard, raise a glass and enjoy winter. Participants are asked to bring noise makers; whistles, pots and pans or anything that makes a noise to frighten away the evil spirits!

 

Programme of Activity

12pm - 2pm Hamptonne Country Life Museum – free of charge

 

•       Crown the King and Queen of the Wassail

•       Visitor will process with The King and Queen and the Jersey Lilies to the orchard

•       Pieces of bread will be dipped in warm cider and hung on the chosen tree and participants will have a small glass to ‘toast the tree’.

•       Artisan bread and cheese will be served in the Cider barn

 

2.30 pm – 4.30 pm The Elms, St Mary – free of charge

 

•       Morris Dancing with the St Helier Morris Men

•       Procession to the orchard for wassailing of the trees and bees

•       Mummer’s Play, followed by cider and apple cake in the Pressoir and general merriment of singing and dancing!

 

 

 

 

 

Savills rural conference in Jersey

SAVILLS, the international estate agency, are holding a seminar a ‘Rural conference’ in Jersey on 9 February. Its theme is ‘The Land Bank:    the scale and form of agricultural investment in the world of wealth management.’

It is being organised by Philippa Evans Bevan, a regular contributor to RURAL magazine.

The seminar takes place at the Royal Jersey Showground (the RJAHS), Trinity.

Interested participants are invited to register with Philippa by 26 January, on 01534 722 227 or by e-mail: pebevan@savills.com

Jersey Arts Trust presents Skipton Open Studios 2016

              

 AFTER a year’s break, the hugely successful Skipton Open Studios makes its long awaited return with partner sponsor Skipton International.

Now in its eighth year, the Island-wide event will launch on Friday 17 June with a taster exhibition at CCA Galleries International and - new for 2016 - community art events, workshops and film at Havre des Pas Lido.

In true Skipton Open Studios fashion, participating artists will once again be opening the doors of their studios to the public during the last weekend of June and the first weekend of July. The open weekends provide a chance for the public to meet local artists and gain an insight into how and where the work is produced, together with the inspirations and techniques involved.

The Jersey Arts Trust is inviting Jersey artists to take part in the Skipton Open Studios 2016. Application forms can be downloaded from the Jersey Arts Trust website from 4th January 2016, where they can find more information about the event. Artists do not necessarily need their own studios to take part. Thanks to the partnerships developed with Jersey Heritage and the National Trust for Jersey, artists without their own space are given the opportunity to transform properties owned by both into pop-up studios.

2015 saw Jersey Arts Trust take a break from the Skipton Open Studios to pursue the Skipton Arts Series - the umbrella term that encompasses the Open Studios as well as other community arts events throughout the coming year. Last year’s programme included the Les P’tits Faîtchieaux project, where thousands of small clay figures were made by schools, community groups and the general public, which were then distributed to countries all around the world. The Art Series for 2015 finished with the incredibly popular Jersey Projection Gallery, which saw some of Jersey’s most important work be shown together, for the first time, on the façade of Normans Commercial Buildings.

The deadline for artist application submissions is Wednesday 3 February 2016. The application form and exhibitor requirements can be downloaded from www.arts.je or can be collected from the JAT office in Charles Street.

 

Volunteers crucial to Jersey’s wildlife

 

 

VOLUNTEERS have helped make a significant improvement to the condition of wildlife habitats in Jersey.

A combination of Community Service volunteers, school groups, companies and individuals has provided thousands of hours of habitat management work at areas such as Noirmont, Portelet, Gorselands and Ouaisne, which are all designated as sites of special interest because of their importance to local wildlife.

The Natural Environment team at the Department of the Environment co-ordinates the work of the volunteers and monitors the sites. Habitat condition monitoring shows that all the sites are in better shape than they were five years ago; good news for the plants and animals that rely on specific habitat types to thrive.

Volunteers are essential at every stage of Jersey’s environmental management and monitoring programmes. According to the department, one of the most obvious positive effects of the habitat conservation work is an improvement in butterfly numbers at the sites where volunteers have been working.

Butterflies are an excellent indicator of environmental health as they need a range of plants and habitats on which to lay eggs, feed and pupate. Volunteers not only help improve the condition of wild areas by doing practical conservation tasks, they also monitor the positive impact their work has had on local wildlife.

Since 2004 Jersey has operated a butterfly monitoring scheme which relies on volunteers counting butterflies along a set route every week between April and September. Volunteers survey 41 sites altogether and in the course of their work, they have walked more than 4,000 miles and counted more than 130,000 butterflies since 2004. Given the small size of Jersey, this is one of the most successful butterfly monitoring schemes in Europe and the results have been admired by experts from several countries.

Butterflies such as the Grayling and Green Hairstreak, which are totally dependent on semi-natural habitat, have done particularly well. Their populations increased by 458 per cent and 48 per cent respectively between 2004 and 2013.

These two species are associated with the sort of semi-natural sites where a lot of work has been carried out by volunteers, and the increase in butterfly populations suggests that the volunteer work is already benefiting Jersey’s wildlife.

The enthusiasm of volunteers in managing the habitats of Jersey for nature conservation goes from strength to strength. Fuelled just by tea and cake, the Jersey Conservation Volunteers meet monthly during the winter months with 30 - 40 regular attendees. Together, they have contributed 363 hours of vital habitat management on protected sites and other environmentally sensitive areas.  This accounted for 11 per cent of volunteer conservation work carried out on publicly-managed land.

Community Services accounted for 73 per cent of all volunteer labour carried out for the Environment Department in 2015, providing a 2375 hours, that’s the equivalent of employing an extra member of staff for nearly a year and a half.

The remaining 16 per cent of volunteers included school groups; particularly sixth formers and corporate organisations.

Christmas Daffodils -a very early crop

UNSEASONABLY warm weather has encouraged Jersey’s outdoor daffodils to start flowering, now prompting growers to start picking the familiar trumpet-shaped flowers nearly a month earlier than expected.

And with local farmers already working to accommodate tight profit margins, the best solution would be for a spell of cold weather to stop the daffodils in their tracks.

Charles Gallichan, the Director of Woodside Farms, is used to finding ways to accommodate the vagaries of the weather but he described the recent mid to late December temperatures – which peaked at 15C – as ‘highly unusual’.

‘We grow three million indoor daffodils that we usually pick from mid-November until mid-January and we have a potential problem because the outdoor ones are already starting to flower,’ he said.

Mr Gallichan explained this year’s cold, wet summer, combined with December’s warm temperatures, had encouraged the bulbs to not only flower early but also unevenly.

‘Without a cold snap to encourage vernalisation (the cooling of seed during germination in order to accelerate flowering), the daffodils flower at slightly different times so, instead of us going into one field and picking them say six times, we might have to revisit the same field around 20 times, which is more expensive.’

Mr Gallichan added consumers tended to be less interested in buying daffodils over the festive period.

‘They tend to go into spring mode after Christmas and New Year.’

As a result, he is keeping in touch with other growers in the UK and informing his customers about the situation here in Jersey.

‘It is likely that we will be asking our major US and UK customers to start accepting large volumes of outdoor daffodils from 10 January, if not before, in comparison to last year when we only started with limited volumes around 20 January in the UK and a week later for the USA because it was so cold.’

 This year, Woodside Farm is hoping to pick 35 million stems of which about a quarter is travelling to the USA, a quarter is going to France and the remainder is going to supply the UK retail multiples and packers, who send some on to Denmark and Germany.

‘We send lorry loads over to France when it is La Fête des Grand-Mères, which falls on the first Sunday in March, and it is customary to give daffodils to grandmothers,’ said Mr Gallichan. ‘And then, of course, there is Mothering Sunday and Easter Sunday which is early this year on 27 March.’

He added Woodside Farms also exports bulbs and is experimenting with a UK supermarket to see what bulb varieties might best appeal to customers as cut flowers during the spring.

 ‘We are working quite hard to sell the so-called ‘kinky’ varieties, for example the double daffodil, which looks a bit like a rose, with lots of petals and no trumpet. We are also exploring different colour combinations, for example, pink and white, orange and white as well as multi-headed flowers.’

 

 

Continued Restoration at Plémont - Tree Planting

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

The National Trust for Jersey        Media Release

30th November 2015

 

Continued Restoration at Plémont - Tree Planting

 

IT’S a year since the demolition of the former holiday camp began and Plémont Headland has transformed from a dilapidated eyesore to a green open space. The next stage of the site’s transformation is to plant a range of trees.

The tree planting started on Thursday 3 December with Les Landes School Year 5 group, who helped the National Trust Lands team start the huge task planting the shrubs and trees.

The plants consisted of tree species such as Scots Pine and Field Maple as well as many low lying shrubs including Broom, Gorse, Elder, Hawthorn and Blackthorn.

The choice of species and the reason why standard trees are not being used is due to the habitat at Plémont, which is extremely exposed, windy and very cold during the winter months. The site is therefore much more suited to shorter species like hawthorn and Blackthorn which, while still taking time to establish, will form dense thickets and hedges which provide food, in the form of berries, shelter from the harsh conditions and even nesting opportunities for birds and other animal species.

The planting scheme was devised by Michael Felton (Landscape designer) and has been designed to help establish natural heathland and maritime grassland communities by forming sheltered niches particularly by plants like Gorse and broom which are already found in the existing vegetation in and around the site whilst maintaining the open character of the headlands.

Jon Parkes, the Trust’s lands manager, said: ‘The idea behind the planting scheme is not to create a semi natural garden, but apply a minimalistic approach which will facilitate the restoration of the site into an open grassland or heathland like it once was. This will also provide cover, food and network corridors in the short term for wildlife such as the toads, green lizards, slow worms, small mammals and many birds which are already moving onto the site.

The planting consists of around 1,900 trees and shrubs, which must be planted in winter whilst they are in their dormant stage.

The remaining plants will be planted with help from the Jersey Conservation Volunteers, the ‘Back to Work’ scheme and The National Trust for Jersey Rangers.

 

Small is beautiful for Island egg producers

 

Inspired by a Jamie Oliver campaign, three Island egg producers, who are Genuine Jersey Members, have joined forces to sell small eggs that are praised for their quality but often thrown away.

Pullet eggs are the first eggs laid by young hens. They are smaller than the ‘medium’ and ‘large’ sized eggs that fill our supermarket shelves but no less tasty. Indeed, they are particularly popular with restaurants and cafés as they make perfect breakfast eggs. They also tend to have a bigger yolk and hold well together when cooked so are popular with home bakers.

Three Jersey egg producers – Happy Hens, Hamptonne Farm Ltd and St Lawrence Growers – have teamed up to ensure that pullet eggs are sold throughout the year in the Island. Last week, the Co-op started to sell the ten-pack pullet eggs produced by the trio and initial sales of ‘Littleheneggs’ have been very encouraging.

Happy Hens owner Alan McCaffrey said: ‘I saw a Jamie Oliver programme over the summer, where he was campaigning for the pullet egg and against the huge waste caused by farmers having to throw them away. For us here in Jersey, the problem was that most producers were sourcing hens from the same supplier, so our young hens would all be laying pullet eggs at the same time. By coming together and using different suppliers, we have managed to ensure that there is a consistent supply. It means that we can now sell the eggs at a competitive price all year round.'

 

 

 

THE JERSEY SCIENTIFIC EXPLORATION SOCIETY BURSARY SCHEME

The Jersey Scientific Exploration Society is a non-profit making organisation, founded by Jersey’s eminent explorer, Colonel John Blashford Snell, OBE.

Currently (December 2015), the Society is seeking applicants, aged 18-25, who wish to carry out a worthwhile project overseas in 2016-17.  The project should involve conservation, environmental or wildlife studies or meaningful aid of direct benefit to a community in the Third World.

The successful applicant will be introduced to a Jersey charity with a view to being given a grant for part of the cost.  However applicants are expected to meet a significant proportion of the cost themselves. Applicants should send a one page proposal to Mrs Kate Davis kate.davis@rbc.com by 31st January 2016.

The Society has initiated a worldwide programme of scientific expeditions focusing on scientific, conservation, education and community aid projects.

Today, the focus of the SES is on delivering outstanding events and experiences to its membership, plus inspiring and supporting - through the SES Explorer Awards - the next generation of ground breaking 'Pioneers with Purpose'.

John was educated at Victoria College and although he now lives in Dorset, regards Jersey as his home – he visits the Island at least once a year and has planted the Jersey flag in many a far-flung and remote territory.

The Jersey Scientific Exploration Society is affiliated to the SES and was founded by him in 2002. It meets once a year at least for an evening of talks and lectures on exploration and travel projects by Jersey Islanders

It is also an opportunity for Islanders to take part in the work of the SES by participating in SES expeditionary projects.

THE JERSEY HOARD - LE CATILLON II : Book review

A BOOK about that well-publicised hoard of ancient treasure, found in a field in Grouville, has been written by the two metal detectorists who discovered it – Richard Miles and Reg Mead. The book was launched recently at a reception hosted by the Jersey Heritage Trust at La Hougue Bie.

For the benefit of readers who may not live in Jersey or have not yet heard the news, the two detectorists discovered a hoard of Iron Age coins and gold ornaments, inestimable in value both monetarily and even more so archaeologically. It had been the largest hoard of Iron Age coins ever discovered.

Many of the coins were from the Celtic Gaulish tribe of Coriosolites, who lived in eastern Brittany, in the area of the present-day town of Saint-Malo.  Apart from the coins were also golden ornaments and torques. The wealth represented by this treasure was far more than could have been possessed by a single person – however rich. It was the wealth of the tribe – in modern terms, it was rather as if a Sovereign national bank had buried all its reserves in a field.

Why? Well, no-one can tell, but a reasonable theory is that they were transported to Jersey at the time that Julius Caesar and his legions were busy dividing Gaul into three parts in the 1st Century BC and the hoard was taken to somewhere deemed to be out of harm’s way. Why was it not ever collected? Maybe those who buried it later fell in battle against the Romans and with their deaths the details of the location of the secret hoard also died.

However, this little book is about more than archaeology, it is the tale of how the hoard was discovered by the two friends, Richard and Reg, following up an old story – around 50 years old – of how coins had been found in the fields. Some of these were later exchanged by the farmer’s children with their school-friends for comics.

The toil in trying to find this treasure in what, in Jersey terms, was a very large field, the excitement as it was finally discovered and the realisation of quite how important was the discovery, is well told by the writers and by the team who unearthed it, retrieved it and conserved it.

The book, like the excavation and subsequent conservation and exhibition of its contents, has been a team effort.

A good story, well told – and what is even more exciting, is that there is still treasure to be extracted from the hard, coagulated earth that cocoons it and from which the contents of the hoard are being slowly prised with infinite care and caution. So the story will continue ….

*The book price (£7.95) includes a £1 donation to Jersey Heritage. It is published by Barnes Publishing Ltd: e-mail ian@barnespublishing.com

States-funded grants to improve Jersey's countryside available now

NOW is the time to apply for States-funded grants to improve Jersey’s countryside particularly if proposed projects involve improving the quality of Island’s water resources.

During the last nine years, the Countryside Enhancement Scheme has supported a wide range of projects from the management of wet meadows and coastal grasslands to bracken clearance and bat surveys.

Those projects have enhanced, conserved and protected Jersey’s natural environment while helping the Island to meet its local environmental objectives and its international multilateral environment agreements.

Projects eligible for consideration include the creation and maintenance of hedgerows, woodlands, ponds, wetlands and heathlands as well as improvements to the farmed environment or growing crops for the benefit of wildlife.

There is also an opportunity to obtain grants to help fund the restoration of historic features, develop interpretation and education materials and improve access to rural areas.

The Rural Economy Manager for the Department of the Environment, John Jackson, said: ‘The Countryside Enhancement Scheme is one of a number of ways the States demonstrates its commitment to the importance of the natural and farmed environment and to the rural industries which have created and manage the Island’s diverse countryside.

 

“The CES provides financial support for environmental improvement projects which seek to help, support and protect the Island’s unique natural resources, wildlife, habitats and landscapes.’

 

Application forms are available from Howard Davis Farm or online at www.gov.je. The deadline for applications is Friday 15 January 2016.

 

 

 

 

Environment Minister urges agriculturalists to employ but not exploit the green zone at the Jersey Farming Conference 2015

The Minister for Planning and Environment, Deputy Steve Luce, gave this speech at the Jersey Farming Conference 2015.

'Thank you Mr. Chairman and can I add my own welcome to everyone here today. 

'Last year’s conference was pretty much the first official event that I attended as environment minister. 

'It seems like only last week and it will be no surprise for you to hear me say that time has flown by, and even less of a surprise to hear that some things haven't happened as quickly as I might have liked. 

'However, I've been working away quietly in the background, and every week brings more things to do.

'For those who don't know me well, can I just say that I’m not one for seeking publicity, running to the press, or trying to keep my voice on the radio and my face in the paper, despite what you might have thought during the summer, when I was just about the only minister in the Island. 

'In environment there's a great deal going on in the background. 

'Recently, complex issues involving the fishing industry particularly, but just because we don't make lots of noise it doesn't mean we're not busy. 

'Hopefully with my help, we can deliver something better and realise results that we've not achieved previously.

'Financial challenges

'One thing I don't need to tell anyone is that, as a government, we face financial challenges. 

'We're committed to making savings, finding efficiencies, reducing costs and that means each and every department has had to look very carefully at what services they provide and where the money is spent. 

'The Department of the Environment is no exception, and we will be functioning in the future with less resource, and that means fewer people and less money. 

'There’s huge pressure to stop some of the services we currently provide, and we’ll have to look at that too.

'Before I speak further about that, can I say very clearly how grateful I am to the Minister for Economic Development and how pleased I am to be able to work so closely with him for the agricultural sector.

'Lyndon stated very early on that he would, as far as he could, maintain funding for farming in 2016 and he's done that. 

'It's now our job, his and mine, to come up with a strategy that uses those ‘scarce and increasingly difficult to find’ funds to their best effect. 

'Securing the funding for next year has allowed us to continue the current Rural Economy Strategy for a further 12 months and we are working away to see how that will change after 2016 and I have to tell you that certain things will have to change.

'Nitrates, for example, are an issue that we are going to have to finally deliver on. 

'Over the years, many have paid lip service to those who said levels were too high and time is running out for our farming industry to play its part in the delivery of promised reductions. 

'There’s no room for nimbyism. 

'It won’t be good enough to say “yes, the industry can do that, as long as I personally don’t have to comply”. 

'We ALL have to get involved, but just because there is less "carrot" that doesn’t necessarily mean there has to be more "stick". 

'I’m very hopeful that next season we can demonstrate that we can, and are, reducing inputs without suppressing yields. 

'Jersey farmers have always been innovative and I'm confident we will solve the nitrate issue without affecting viability. I'll do whatever I can to help with that.

'As minister, I am committed to working with Lyndon to find ways to make sure that the Single Area Payment and Rural Economy money available goes into the countryside, where it is most needed, and the new Rural Economy Strategy, whatever that ends up being, must deliver funds to those out there working the land, keeping those brown Jersey cows in green Jersey fields, those that are striving to keep Jersey farming.

'Keep Jersey farming

'I have deliberately borrowed that expression from the JEP, mainly so I can take this public opportunity to thank the Jersey Evening Post (Andy and Paula particularly) for their recent initiative to promote local agriculture through their paper. 

'I can only encourage everyone here to speak in the press as often as they can. Let’s communicate our good news story to the Island at every opportunity. 

'Let’s make sure the public realise what we’re doing, the challenges we face, and how we’re working together to overcome them.

'Keeping Jersey farming gets more challenging every year, keeping the countryside viable gets more and more difficult and so, as well as everything else, I've asked my department to keep prioritising two work streams. 

'Alternative crops and eelworm. 

'We've always known that Jersey farmers can grow just about any alternative crop, and grow it well, but finding profitable crops is something else. 

'Scott Meadows, our Head of Plant Health, is working on new ideas and new initiatives, mainly around non-food crops, and there’s some potential in this direction. 

'I’m also keeping right up to speed on eelworm control and I know only too well the challenges that a lack of vydate will mean. 

'Next year, however, the potential move to more automatic planting will give growers the opportunity to apply fertilisers far more accurately, and in doing so use 30% less, by placing it in the ridge so that it is more easily available to the developing roots. 

'I'll keep you, and I’m sure you will keep me, posted, but please be assured I realise the urgency of finding solutions to the problems of potato eelworm and viable diversification.

'Future St Helier

'One of the four strategic priorities of government is the Future St Helier project. 

'We want more buildings in town. Why is that? It's simple, our countryside is sacrosanct. We need to maintain that vision of ‘brown cows in green fields’. 

'We need as never before to be true to the green zone policy and the protection of our unique biodiversity. 

'That doesn't mean no more building outside of St Helier, just that we have to learn to be smarter about it. 

'It's not that we're not smart already; it's just that policy can sometimes, often, not allow us to do what we'd like to. 

'The Island Plan is our planning bible, but sometimes we need it to work better for us.

'That's why today I am announcing some initiatives that I want to bring forward.  Some changes based around making better use of our resources across the Island.

'Initiatives

'First, we need to use all our agricultural land for the rural economy. 

'The green zone is precious and once land gets development permission, it very rarely goes back the other way. Once it’s gone it’s gone. 

'I don’t want to lose it, develop it, or build on it. I want to strengthen even further the application of planning policy that says “there will be a presumption against building and development in the green zone etc”. 

'Recently, we’ve done better. 

'More planning applications are being challenged and our countryside is being protected in the green zone, but we mustn’t let up. 

'At the same time, as an industry, we must try not to leave land fallow.

'Let’s not waste our own resources, let’s do our best to farm every vergee.

'I have asked my officers to continue prioritising work to ensure we are maximising the amount of agricultural land which can be used commercially.

'Secondly, I want to say that we need to use all our buildings (wherever they are in Jersey) for useful purposes, and not have houses, sheds, barns, or shops empty. 

'I want to make sure that our employment land policy is applied sensibly. 

'It is designed to make sure that we have a sufficient stock of land and buildings that are available to support economic activity in the countryside. 

'But it needs to be applied appropriately and this should not mean that structures remain empty and unused when, by changing use where appropriate, they could be taking the pressure off the green zone. 

'I want to ensure that we optimize the use of all our assets even where that means, in some cases, they come out of the use for which they were originally granted permission for.

'Let’s convert, adapt, change, modify. Let’s make use of ALL empty or underused structures before rezoning any more green, open, community or amenity land for building. 

'I’m under no illusions that my proposals will, in some cases, challenge the Island Plan. 

'Quite often seemingly sensible solutions are the most difficult to achieve, and it will be really difficult to keep consistency across different sites, but we must try.

'Greenhouse initiative

'Many of you will be aware that, some months back, I announced a "greenhouse initiative". 

'Work has started and we’ve identified a number of derelict sites that were built before any planning laws were in place. 

'There’s more to do, so watch this space.  

'Hopefully those particular greenhouse owners will know that I mean to deliver, but, at the same time, there’s something in it for them. 

'If we can get an environmental benefit for the Island, maybe return some land to agriculture and find a way to help the landowners, then it will be a worthwhile exercise.

'Conclusion

'In conclusion, let’s all reaffirm our resolve that, to us, the green zone is more precious than it’s ever been. 

'As agriculturalists, let’s maximize our employment of the green zone, let’s employ but not exploit it.

'Let’s use ALL our resources, whether that be the natural or the built environment, and agree that waste, where ever it occurs, a single building or single vergee, is not making the best of our opportunities. 

'Finally, let’s make a balanced use of countryside for everyone’s benefit. 

'Yes it’s difficult to keep all our fields green AND active, but we have a positive future, and let’s look forward to that.

'Thank you, and I hope you have a very enjoyable day.'

Double-gold for Jersey cider and oak smoked butter

THE leading accreditation scheme for artisan and speciality food producers in the British Isles has awarded an unprecedented number of awards to local producers – including awarding two gold stars for a locally made cider and oak smoked butter.

 The world’s most coveted blind-tasted awards, Great Taste, has just released the Great Taste stars of 2015 and La Robeline Cider Company and La Manche Smokehouse have each been awarded 2-Star Gold.

 La Robeline Cider Company, based in St Ouen, has been awarded for its Cidre de Jerri (medium) and St Saviour-based La Manche Smokehouse for its Oak Smoked Jersey Butter.

 But they are not alone. 1-Star Gold Awards have also been given to La Mare Wine Estate for its Jersey Black Butter Fudge, and Field Farm for its Pure Jersey Cloudy Sparkling Apple Juice.

All are Genuine Jersey Members and their award-winning produce will be able to carry the gold and black Great Taste label in addition to the distinctive Genuine Jersey mark.

 Judged by over 400 of the most demanding palates belonging to food critics, chefs, cooks, restaurateurs, producers and a host of food writers and journalists, Great Taste is widely acknowledged as the most respected food accreditation scheme for artisan and speciality food producers. When a product wears a Great Taste label it carries a badge of honour but more importantly, the Great Taste logo is a signpost to a wonderful tasting product – hundreds of judges have worked tirelessly to discover the very best, through hours and hours of blind-tasting a total of 10,000 different foods and drinks.   

Sarah Matlock of La Robeline Cider Company said: “On a personal basis over the last few years, we have been very aware of the Great Taste Award logo as a sign of quality and flavour so it was logical for us to enter our products to see how they measure up against the best. 

 “You can therefore imagine how thrilled and proud we are to have won a coveted 2-Gold Star Award for our medium cider which is made from local cider apples with nothing else being added whatsoever. It is an honour to receive such a coveted award and to see that our cider has been judged to be as good as we thought it was. We shall be celebrating in the Royal Square Market this coming Saturday, 8 August, with free tastings.”

Matt Ryan of La Manche Smokehouse Ltd said: “We are delighted to have achieved two gold stars for our Oak Smoked Jersey Butter, especially considering the tough nationwide competition. From our perspective, we are doing well locally but we are hoping to get recognition – both for our products and Genuine Jersey – outside of the Island and a Great Taste Award will provide a strong platform as we explore export markets.

 “We will certainly reflect on our success and then look to create new opportunities, which will hopefully benefit our business, our supplier Jersey Dairy and the Island as a whole.”

 The Genuine Jersey mark is the guarantee of local provenance and is recognised as a byword for the best the Island has to offer. To carry the mark, goods have to be reared, grown or caught in Jersey or created by accredited Islanders and local businesses who qualify to be members of the Genuine Jersey Products Association www.genuinejersey.com

There were 10,000 Great Taste entries this year and of those products, 130 have been awarded a 3-star, 597 received a 2-star and 2,382 were awarded a 1-star accolade.

 Great Taste is the largest and most trusted accreditation scheme for specialty and fine food & drink. Established in 1994, it encourages and mentors artisan food producers, offering a unique benchmarking and product evaluation service leading to an independent accreditation that enables small food and drink businesses to compete against supermarket premium own label brands.

Since 1994 over 100,000 products have been evaluated. This year 10,000 products were blind-tasted by panels of specialists: top chefs, cookery writers, food critics, restaurateurs and fine food retailers.

 

Local riders qualify for national dressage competition

 

Local Riders have qualified for the Dodson & Horrell Novice Open and Restricted Championship to take place at the National Dressage Championship in September

The Summer Regional Dressage Final has taken place at Sparsholt, Winchester (21-23 July). These Regional Finals have seen six riders from the region qualify and go forward to the prestigious National Championships which take place at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire on 17-20 September 2015.

Dodson & Horrell is once again sponsoring the Novice Championship as they have for the last 16 years, making this association one of the longest running in the history of the sport of Dressage.

In the Dodson & Horrell Restricted Novice, Lucy Jane Amy (17) from Le Mont Isaac, Jersey riding Rudy, Eleanor Peek (42)  from Alton in Hampshire riding Touch of Frost IV have both qualified and go forward to the Championship Final.

 

Disease threat from imported fruit trees

 

SCIENTISTS at the Department of the Environment are appealing to Island residents to help keep out a disease that can kill fruit trees and hedgerows.

Fireblight is a serious bacterial disease that affects a range of trees and woody shrubs. It is established in parts of the UK and many other European countries but Jersey remains free from it. 

Our disease-free status is down to a combination of knowledge, awareness raising and monitoring by plant health scientists, and co-operation from local plant suppliers.

To maintain the Island’s EU Protected Zone status, plants sent to Jersey from countries with the disease, such as the UK and France, must only come from officially approved nurseries. 

Local retailers are aware of the import requirements but there is a real risk that infected plants could be sent to Jersey through mail order or online companies. 

 Island residents buying apple or pear trees, or other affected plants online or by mail order can help keep Jersey Fireblight-free by checking their suppliers are reputable and that the plants they stock can be sent to a Fireblight protected zone.

This advice also applies to travellers who want to bring plants back to the Island. Plants bought from non-approved nurseries could be destroyed. 

 For more information or guidance, Islanders can contact the duty Plant Health Inspector at the Plant Science Laboratory, Department of the Environment on 441600 or environmentenquiries@gov.je.