Cumbria Life Home and Garden Show 2019 – Free Talks

Cumbria Life Home and Garden Show 2019 – Free Talks

Friday 15 March


10am – ‘Ready for Rain: Making your Home Flood Resilient’ with Emma Greenshaw of Cumbria Action for Sustainability, Penrith
Get practical tips to make your home more resilient to flooding or extreme weather. You’ll learn about retrofitting options, the do’s and don’ts based on your property’s construction, building and insulation materials and techniques to cope best with water ingress, reducing cost, stress and time if you’re flooded in future. Emma Greenshaw from Cumbria Action for Sustainability supports Cumbrian’s in adapting their homes to cope better with extreme weather and improve energy efficiency, through a Big Lottery funded programme. Emma has developed printed and video guidance on the subject and runs courses and events sharing the best practice with householders and professionals.

Duration: 30 mins + 10 mins Q&A


11am – ‘MasterChef Ceramics’ with Martin and Siobhan Miles-Moore of Miles-Moore Ceramics and Oli Martin, MasterChef of Hipping Hall Hotel & Restaurant, Kirkby Lonsdale
Oli Martin, finalist of MasterChef: The Professionals, talks with Martin and Siobhan of Miles-Moore Ceramics about the difference the right ceramics made to his success on the show. As Oli talks through the specifications of some of his best dishes, Martin will throw them on the potter’s wheel. Oli will then demonstrate why matching dishes to dining ware is so important for us all. Oli Martin is Head Chef of Hipping Hall Hotel & Restaurant, near Kirkby Lonsdale and attracted national attention during his huge success in MasterChef: The Professionals in 2018. Miles-Moore Ceramics make great plates for great chefs across the UK, using found and foraged materials. When not working with chefs, they make sculpture and ceremonial Tea bowls that also explore a sense of place.

Duration: 30 mins + 10 mins Q&A


12pm – ‘Lighting the House and Garden’ with Sian Parsons of John Cullen Lighting, London
In this lighting masterclass, Sian Parsons will demonstrate why lighting is one of the most powerful interior design tools. Sian will show you how creative lighting techniques can transform design schemes in both the home and garden spaces. Discover clever techniques to give richness and depth to any living space and understand the more energy efficient lighting options now available. For over 35 years John Cullen Lighting has been offering a complete service for all aspects of interior and exterior lighting for the residential, superyacht and hospitality markets all over the world. They sell a unique collection of energy efficient light fittings and offer an award-winning lighting design service to inspire you with light. The John Cullen team are proud that their lights are designed in-house and support British manufacturing.

Duration: 1hr


1.30pm – ‘Need a Good Night’s Sleep? How to Choose your Bed’ with Chris Cannon of Feather & Springs, Kendal

Duration: 30 mins + 10 mins Q&A


2.30pm – ‘The 4 R’s – Recycle, Reduce, Reuse and Refuse’ with Jay Barker, Lyn Brunetti, Louise Stoddart and Shelagh Todd of Newton Rigg College’s Horticultural Team, Penrith
Newton Rigg’s Horticultural team will share their top tips on recycling, reducing, reusing and refusing everything from cardboard, newspapers, old carpets, plastic pots and bottles, to garden waste, coffee grounds, tea bags and rainwater in your garden. The team will give practical tips on how we can all apply the 4 ‘R’s’ to our control of weeds, pest and diseases and even give you the know how to make your own homemade, organic plant foods. Newton Rigg College offer a range of part time courses in horticulture, gardening, floristry and garden design, available from their main campus at Newton Rigg College near Penrith, and Holehird Gardens (the home of the Lakeland Horticultural Society) near Windermere. Courses include the very popular RHS (Royal Horticultural Society) Level 2 & Level 3 Practical Certificates in Horticulture, Garden Design, Designing with Plants (exciting, new course for 2019), Horticultural Apprenticeships and C&G Level 2 Floristry. Further information can be found online at www.newtonrigg.ac.uk. Why not come along to their annual garden open day for NGS (National Garden Scheme) on Sunday 7th July 2019 and enjoy a walk around the Educational Gardens, an informative guided tour, buy some of the plants produced and meet the horticultural staff and students.

Duration: 30 mins + 10 mins Q&A


Saturday 16 March


10am – ‘Gardening for Bees’ with Jamie Normington of Cumbria Wildlife Trust
Our food and survival depend on bees – yet we don’t do nearly enough to help them. You and your garden can play a vital part in helping bees continue to look after us. Jamie will discuss plants, seasons, weather and changing trends in nature and gardening in this insightful talk. Suitable for all ages and abilities. Cumbria Wildlife Trust’s Education and Volunteering officer, Jamie Normington, talks a lot – mainly because people keep telling him he’s good at it! He’s worked with hundreds of people all over Cumbria, enjoying everything from seashore shells to fell top flowers – but he especially likes bees.

Duration: 30 mins + 10 mins Q&A


11am – ‘How to Wallpaper like an Expert’ with Frank Holmes of Frank Holmes Ltd, Morecambe
Frank will share his top tips to wallpapering, the professional way. From all the essential preparations in selecting the right tools and choosing the correct grade of lining paper, to what the symbols on the wallpaper really mean, and managing the more challenging areas around windows, fire surrounds and switches, Frank has it covered! Frank is an experienced craftsman having spent almost 30 years honing his skills in all aspects of painting and decorating. He specialises in wall-covering installation and is a certified Advanced Lincrusta Installer. Frank loves to be creative and other services he offers include gilding, decorative paint effects, and spray-painted kitchen cabinets.

Duration: 30 mins + 10 mins Q&A


12pm – ‘Man Bends Tree’ with Charlie Whinney of Charlie Whinney Studio, Witherslack, Grange-over-Sands
Spend an hour with Charlie Whinney Studio and learn some fascinating secrets about the world of wood. See some exciting big bends in action and get an insight into the practice, design for sustainability what makes them tick! Charlie moved to Witherslack 10 years ago and has taken local fresh wood and transformed it into a dizzying array of large scale art installations and functional objects all over the world including key works in Japan, Singapore, France and USA. Courses and local commission also available.

Duration: 1hr


1.30pm – ‘Lowther Castle – a Garden’s Journey’ with Martin Ogle, Head Gardener of Lowther Castle & Gardens, near Penrith
Join Lowther’s Head Gardener, Martin Ogle, as he guides you through this remarkable journey – from the arrival of the first diggers and the removal of the first heaps of rubble, through the painstaking re-laying of the South Lawns and uncovering of the Thomas Mawson gardens, to the remarkable interventions of Dan Pearson in gardens, that today welcome over 100,000 visitors a year. A fascinating story and one that has many more chapters to come. Martin Ogle started working at Lowther Castle in 2012. At the time of his joining, the castle was a crumbling ruin and the gardens were more wilderness than not. In six short years, both the castle and gardens have undergone a remarkable transformation. Gone are the spruce plantations and the commercial pig operations of the 1970s and 80s. Thanks to hard work, careful investment and dedicated endeavour, the gardens at Lowther are now one of the wonders of the north and in 2017, were voted Landscape Restoration of the Year by the prestigious Georgian Group.

Duration: 30 mins + 10 mins Q&A


2.30pm – ‘Designing your Home for a Low Energy Consumption Future’ with Laura Miller and Simon Blunden of Miller Clear Architects, Kendal
Partners, Laura Miller and Simon Blunden, will discuss the common issues involved with the sustainable upgrade and extension of existing buildings and houses. A project becoming more common as clients ambitions to reduce energy consumption and tread more lightly on the earth increases. They will discuss low-cost, basic interventions to the more comprehensive and elaborate solutions for improving energy efficiency in the home. Using case studies of previous and ongoing projects, they will explain what they have learned through on-site experience and consultation with specialists in collaboration with clients. Miller Clear Architects LLP is a local Cumbrian practice with a particular interest in developing pragmatic and design led approaches to sustainable building that is accessible to a greater number of people wanting to develop their homes.

Duration: 30 mins + 10 mins Q&A


Sunday 17 March


10.30am – ‘Using Colour in your Home – How to be Adventurous’ with Maureen Whitemore of Whitemore & Thwaytes Interiors, Penrith
Stylish ideas for every room in the house. From their beautiful Penrith showroom and workroom Whitemore & Thwaytes Interiors offer everything from a simple blind, a roll of wallpaper or a few metres of fabric to a full interior design service. They supply lighting, paint, upholstered furniture, re-upholstery and a stunning array of curtain tracks and poles. Their aim is always to work alongside their clients, interpreting their needs and introducing them to a wide range of designs and ideas – helping to make their home truly theirs.

Duration: 30 mins + 10 mins Q&A


11.30am – ‘Doing School Differently: Growing Community Well-Being’ with Alison Wilkinson and Simon Wilson of QEStudio School, Kirkby Lonsdale
QEStudio is a school with a difference. It was set up in the South Lakes to encourage the next generation of artists, growers and makers to stay and make a contribution to their communities in the future. Come and hear more about how young people are learning about food, conservation and crafts with the support of local professionals and join in as we start a conversation about what education can do to help rural communities to thrive. Alison Wilkinson is a Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching and has taught for 30 years, 20 of them at Queen Elizabeth School in Kirkby Lonsdale where she was Deputy Head, and then Head of School. She wrote a successful bid to the Department for Education to open an innovative Studio School on the site of QES in Kirkby Lonsdale and continues to contribute to a national debate about the type of schools we need in the future. Simon Wilson is an experienced teacher who combines his passion for the outdoors with a commitment to the development of young people and is loving the opportunity to work within the Studio School to do education differently. He relishes his outdoor classroom in the beautiful South Lakes and has exciting ideas about where we can take things.

Duration: 30 mins + 10 mins Q&A


12.30pm – ‘Tales of a Candle Maker from Scent Design to Wellbeing’ with Kate Antrobus of Bous Candles, Penrith
Kate will tell you the story of her brand and how it began from her kitchen table with insight into the process of scent design and how her artisan candles are made. Kate will highlight the value of natural fragrance in your home and how to prepare your space for relaxation and gatherings. Kate Antrobus is a self-taught artisan candle maker based in Cumbria. She grew up in Penrith and went to De Montfort University to Study Lingerie Design. 11 years in the fashion industry taught her valuable development and branding skills which helped to set up her own business, Bous.

Duration: 30 mins + 10 mins Q&A


1.30pm – ‘Essential Guide to Meconopsis’ with Helen Knowles of Tinnisburn Plants, Canonbie, Dumfries & Galloway
From the irresistible big blue poppies that we all know and love, to some of the more uncommon members of this enchanting genus, Helen takes you on a whistle-stop tour through the Himalayas and discusses some of the challenges of growing these beautiful plants, and how to overcome them. Helen has a lifelong passion for plants and has spent the last 11 years developing her nursery, Tinnisburn Plants, specialising in choice and unusual hardy perennials. Helen is a regular exhibitor at RHS Flower Shows and in 2017 she was awarded her first RHS Gold medal at the Malvern Spring Festival.

Duration: 30 mins + 10 mins Q&A