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