Meetings & Visits

PROGRAMME OF EVENTS FOR 2019

Indoor meetings are held in St Mary’s Parish Rooms, Church Street, Chipping Norton, OX7 5NT,               on the first Wednesday of the month and start at 7.30pm.

Outdoor visits start at 7pm, unless otherwise stated.

Members £1, visitors £3.

February 6th   Invertebrates in the Garden

Paul Embden spent his career in the zoology department of Oxford University. He will show us the ‘bugs’ we can expect in our gardens, with reference to their positive and negative impacts.

March 6th     Gardening with Butterflies and Moths

Sue Dodd and Sue Smith are volunteers with Butterfly Conservation and will inform us of the plants we need in our gardens to attract both the flying and crawling stages of these insects.

April 3rd    Food Foraging

Liz Knight runs food foraging workshops and wild cookery courses in Herefordshire, as well as selling drinks, preserves and vinegars using wild flowers and foliage. She will enlighten us on the many wild plants we can harvest from the countryside.

May 1st   Visit to members garden near Swerford

We make a return visit to David and Ann Andrews to walk through their bluebell wood.

June 5th   Visit to Wardington Manor

Bridget Elworthy and Henrietta Coutauld run an organic cut flower farm, garden design business and courses from this walled garden north of Banbury.

July 3rd   Visit to Greystones Nature Reserve, Bourton-on-the-Water  6pm

A guided tour of this Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust SSSI, with hay meadows, ponds and hedgerows planted for wildlife. Cost members £2, non-members £3. Booking by 17th June essential.

August 7th  Visit to Brakelands Farm, Swalcliffe

Duncan & Clinton Jack practice conservation / minimal tillage, and grow Borage and Echium for their oils. Duncan will show us some of these crops and enlighten us on his views on looking after the soil. Refreshments in a members garden nearby.

September 4th    Visit to Honeydale Farm

A visit to the new 1.5 acre site of Chadlington Kitchen Garden, where Cotswolds Seeds are creating a Centre for Diverse Farming on a 100 acre farm.

October 2nd  Quiz

A gardening quiz with the prize of an annual family ticket to Batsford  Arboretum.

Preceded by a short AGM.

November 6th  Man versus Machinery

A group discussion on whether machines are really more efficient than doing jobs by hand, with examples of tools that can be used.

December 4th  

Our eating meeting to round off the year. Free entry to those who bring some food to share. Plus opportunity to swap spare seeds.