Explore the Underground
Would’ve like a poll to have been possible for a start time but Fran and I have almost no flexibility. We’re going to meet online on this Wednesday (20th) at 6:30pm, to discuss the ‘Explore the Underground’ event on Saturday, Oct 30th.
Thought I should pop this on here for anyone that isn’t in the whattsapp group. If you haven’t heard of the event at all yet, it is centred around soil testing with a Halloween theme (hence underworld).
Running order looks like this;
11am soil test
1pm Lunch + consultation presentation recap
2pm open mic + fire
Meeting to discuss the details and propose edits
Lots of love x
Stephen Davies Mon 18 Oct 2021 12:51PM
I’m thinking 6:30 - could you make that? Have edited the original post to include the time
Sally Tue 19 Oct 2021 2:26PM
Will try and be there as well, but might not be back from work in time... is there a flier that I can send out at all?
Stephen Davies Tue 19 Oct 2021 4:25PM
Hiya Sally, assume you mean a flyer for the actual event not the meeting! There was a simple poster in the last FFC newsletter - think Fran wants to do another one - sure she'll get that to you once she has. Doubt that'll happen whilst we're in Wales though!
Lisa Peakman Wed 20 Oct 2021 6:51AM
Ah sounds wonderful 😊. I’d love to be there but can’t as I work care on Saturday mornings.
Have a good time and I look forward to hearing the results 😊👍
Katie Bliss Wed 20 Oct 2021 5:00PM
Can knee find the link to the meting... :) could some one pop it over
Francesca Wed 20 Oct 2021 5:13PM
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Katie Bliss Thu 21 Oct 2021 1:45PM
Hi All - just checking do we still want big canvas for painting or are using the paper you had for the consultation?
Katie Bliss Thu 21 Oct 2021 1:59PM
My printer isnt working and doing weird liney things. Anyone able to print the pics from the underworld and a couple of guides to soil assessent and earthworms so we can laminate end of next week? If not I can go to Octopus but they are expensive..
Francesca Tue 26 Oct 2021 1:54PM
We can print at home up to A4! Do you want to send over the print? I am not sure about lamination...could that be octopus print? Or should we get some transparent folders?
I have a big white fabric sheet that we can use, otherwise can paste together some smaller paper sheets to make a big canvas or use that roll (that is a little narrow though)
Francesca Tue 26 Oct 2021 2:03PM
Organisation meeting Wednesday 20th October 2021
Present: Fran, Carmel, Katie, Ste, Sally, Adam
Raining - what do we do with rain?
1x Tarpaulin on pergola outside cabin
Microscope - university?
using Marquees to put bags and explain things
Samples from across the field - where? Decide on the day
Visual soil assessment
Biology and carbon
Slake test - test tubes (Katie)
1 group soil test - demonstration
Composite soil tests
Divide in groups and one of us goes with each group
Microbial activities and carbon test (£52 PKG add)
Visual soil assessment VESS
Earth warms - worm cast - worm ID - down across and top (HGB guide)
Send test to lab 400gr to NRN
Make it like a story - white science coats, costumes, make it a scene, face paints
What lives in the underworlds - extension of the Bioblitz - what is there what is in the soil
We have to find out something about the soil…
Drawing what they think it's under the soil: Warms - bacteria - monsters
Map and sheet - laminator?
Sally chat with Hannah Jones
Different places and different states - from other places to talk about the differences
White trays from uni
Funnel - mud in the funnel - light on top - todgreen funnel + strong torch
Catch bugs and make kids drawings with them
What are the activities and what do we need people to bring
Katie understanding what’s required for soil testing
Fran main paint - need paint brushes
Electric power source
Pots, plates, cutlery
Ask people to bring a spade, paint brushes,
Torch and a funnel, pots to catch things in
Alex Murphy built a mud kitchen for kids
Katie Bliss Tue 26 Oct 2021 2:33PM
I am wondering if for the soil tests - that for each little plot we combine the DIY soil testing process you have above with the VESS/ earthworms - so they basically get to a plot and look at the surface, make any observations about what is there.. and then dig a hole. Look at the texture / roots / what does it look / smell / feel like (as in the DIY soil process) and ideally give it a VESS score but not essentual... - then pull out the worms. count them and identify them by their ecotype if of interest... ? They will then put a sample of the soil in a test tube for the composite sample. If they are keen they can then do a slake test - but may need carmel to lead on this as I am not so sure how it works and we will need water - but guess we will be taking some on site anyway?
Francesca Tue 26 Oct 2021 2:40PM
slake test looking like a simple procedure here, with a metal mesh and two plastic cups...
Francesca Tue 26 Oct 2021 2:54PM
this is super cool too and very accessible! I might see if I can integrate it with your writing @Katie Bliss !
Katie Bliss Tue 26 Oct 2021 3:21PM
I have combined the DIY soil test with the earthworm adn VESS to make an outline for an activity sheet / guide https://docs.google.com/document/d/1btT7SRgX9GK1uNl0K1h07aUrSvmTvEPb/edit
Liz Band Wed 27 Oct 2021 6:59PM
Amazing work. Katie, would you like me to remove the blank spaces from the google doc. And print a copy for each group? where you thinking 5 groups, and bring paper for everyone to record their answers on(to reduce printing costs?).
We could also then potentially display underworld drawings in the marque??Let me know if it would be helpful to print the google doc. Underworld activities sheet and how many copies you’d like.
Sally Thu 28 Oct 2021 9:50AM
This is really great Katie! I love the way it all connects together and takes a group on a little journey.
I have just emailed the University to ask for trays and microscopes but think it will probably be a bit last minute so not holding my breath! Just had a look through my pile of soil related bits and pieces in addition to what you already have I have some earthworm id guides, and some AHDB GreatSoils guides to measuring soil pH, soil organic matter etc that I can bring along.
I probably only have about 6 laminating pouches left so if there is a lot of laminating will need to buy some more....
Sally Thu 28 Oct 2021 9:54AM
https://ahdb.org.uk/greatsoils some great resources here - I have copies of a few of them...
Sally Thu 28 Oct 2021 9:56AM
Also this was in a newsletter in my inbox this morning - a very appropriate distraction!
Tallulah · Mon 18 Oct 2021 10:54AM
Sounds fab! What time are you meeting on Wednesday? Thanks Ste