Cumbria Life Home and Garden Show 2018 – Free talks

*Included in your Cumbria Life Home and Garden Show day ticket is a programme of free talks. See what’s on when below.

Please note that Friday show tickets give you entry to the Friday talks, Saturday show tickets to the Saturday talks and Sunday tickets to the Sunday talks.


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FREE TALK* – The chemistry of wood and stone restoration and preservation’ with Tom Wiseman of Conservation Chemicals Consultants, Ulverston

For many years, using some very simple chemistry and physics - and some rather more advanced ’stuff’ – Tom Wiseman has been able, by understanding the basic scientific ‘factors’ affecting the behaviour of different stone, wood and the wide variety of materials used in construction, advise on how to make rational choices, to avoid unexpected problems of unsuitability and rapid breakdown. This ensures their choices and uses can be maintained practically and economically, with their beauty protected and enhanced. This…
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Date
Fri 16 March 2018
Time
10.00am
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FREE TALK* – ‘How to choose the right renewable technology for your project’ with Charlie Aitken of CA Heat Pumps, Newcastle

Charlie will explore the advantages and disadvantages of various renewable heating technologies, from the best applications for ground source heat pumps, to air source heat pumps and biomass heating. What are the basic pros and cons when considering such a technology as well as covering the financial advantages offered by the government backed Renewable Heat Incentive scheme. Charlie Aitken, Managing Director of CA Heat Pumps, has worked within the renewable energy industry for over 15 years and has been involved…
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Date
Fri 16 March 2018
Time
11.00am
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FREE TALK* – ‘Brilliant lighting, design and control’ with Melanie Shaw of Brilliant Lighting, Thirsk

This talk is all about creating inspirational lighting and looks at the challenges and opportunities presented by developments in lighting and lighting control technology.  LED is a fabulous light source but it requires a different approach to the incandescent sources it has replaced.  Melanie will outline a design framework that can be applied across a range of lighting projects, as well as looking at classic design mistakes and how to avoid them.  The final section will examine lighting control systems.…
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Date
Fri 16 March 2018
Time
12.00pm
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FREE TALK* – ‘The productive garden’ with Charles Munro, Head Gardener of Forest Side, Grasmere

In this illustrated talk, Charles will share the secrets of the Garden which feeds the Michelin star kitchen. The Garden was created and is managed to provide year-round ingredients for award winning Chef, Kevin Tickle, and his team at Forest Side, Grasmere. Charles, a native of Devon, brings over 20 years of gardening experience to the team at Forest Side. After finishing his course in countryside studies at Bicton Agricultural College, Charles landed a job at former Torquay hotel, Barton…
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Date
Fri 16 March 2018
Time
1.30pm
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FREE TALK* – The garden – your ‘real’ living room’ with Phil, Liz and Jake Newport of Wildroof Landscapes and Finnmark Sauna, Penrith

Garden designer, Liz Newport, along with her husband Phil of Wildroof Landscapes and their son Jake of Finnmarksauna, will explore the meaning of ‘friluftsliv’ in a Cumbrian context – a refreshing way of embracing an outdoor lifestyle and making the most of your garden. Phil Newport runs Wildroof Landscapes along with his wife Liz (Buzy Lizzie Garden Design). The Wildroof team specialises in innovative garden landscaping projects across Cumbria. Jake Newport runs his company Finnmarksauna which is the UK’s specialist…
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Date
Fri 16 March 2018
Time
2.30pm
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FREE TALK* – ‘The top 5 indestructible vegetables for Cumbria’ with James Smith of Growing Well, Sizergh

Do you garden in a unique climate similar to Cumbria? Are you interested in finding out which vegetables thrive in this ‘unique’ environment? Growing Well’s James Smith will share his top 5 and give top tips too! James Smith has been the Growing Manager & Horticulturalist at Growing Well, a mental health charity using farming to assist recovery, for over 10 years. The 6 acre site, based on a National Trust farm in South Lakeland, has over the years produced…
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Date
Sat 17 March 2018
Time
10.00am
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FREE TALK* – ‘Voice controlled homes…gimmick or the future?’ with Neil Taylor, Project Manager at Majik House, Kirkby Lonsdale

Voice control platforms are taking the smart home industry by storm. Home light fixtures, thermostats, speakers and more recently complete smart home technology systems are integrating the technology to provide consumers with a hand–free mode of managing the electronic devices in their homes. Sounds easy, but voice control is not perfect, it’s not for everyone, and it’s not the be all and end all of home control, with questions to answer such as, ‘ Is there a security risk?’, ‘Is…
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Date
Sat 17 March 2018
Time
11.00am
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FREE TALK* – ‘Retrofitting a traditional home’ with Rod Hughes of 2030 Architects, Penrith

This unique talk is intended to inspire, inform and encourage house owners to create exciting, functional and beautiful homes. The talk will be based upon the practical experience of adapting, extending, refurbishing and converting traditional buildings in Cumbria. It will explore materials, lighting, colour, space, structure and energy conservation, and demonstrate exciting design solutions, together with some of the pitfalls of dealing with existing buildings! Audience participation required. Rod Hughes is an architect with extensive experience of refurbishing, converting and…
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Date
Sat 17 March 2018
Time
12.00pm
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FREE TALK* – ‘Plants for the five gardening seasons’ with Newton Rigg College’s Horticultural Lecturing Team, Penrith

Lyn, Jay , Louise and Shelagh will introduce you to a range of hardy Cumbrian plants that can provide interest for all twelve months of the year. Each of the four expert horticulturists will discuss and share their personal favourite plants, for all five seasons of gardening.  Topics will include fifth season planting, incorporating the late flowering plants used by Piet Oudolf, and lecturer Louise Stoddart will be demonstrating the art of ‘Kokedama’. Newton Rigg College’s Horticultural team offer a broad range…
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Date
Sat 17 March 2018
Time
1.30pm
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FREE TALK* – ‘Truly hardy perennials’ with Helen Knowles of Tinnisburn Plant Nursery, Canonbie

Gardeners in the north all too often discover that plants labelled as being hardy just don’t survive in their gardens. Having spent 30 years gardening at her Dumfriesshire home, Helen has learnt from her successes and failures, which she will share in this unique talk showcasing some of the truly hardy plants she has discovered. Helen has a lifelong passion for plants and has spent the last 10 years developing her nursery, Tinnisburn Plants, specialising in choice and unusual hardy…
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Date
Sat 17 March 2018
Time
2.30pm