PROGRAMME OF EVENTS FOR 2017
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.
Members £1, visitors £3.
Outdoor visits start at 7pm.
February 1st Feeding the Soil the Organic Way
Lois Philipps, soil scientist, will explain how we can improve the structure of our soil with home made compost and green manures. Her mission is to stop people referring to soil as “dirty” but to come to appreciate it as a wonderfully diverse habitat which we are are only just beginning to understand.
March 1st Batsford Arboretum
Sue Burn will tell us about this local arboretum. From its beginnings in the 17thC, and development by Lord Redesdale – grandfather to the Mitford sisters, through to the restoration in the 20thC, Batsford is now home to one of the finest botanical collections in the country.
April 5th Worton Organic Garden
David Blake and his wife have developed this market garden near Oxford since 2005. Originally employed to develop the existing two-acre market garden, he has now extended the cultivation area to seven acres, four of which produce field crops and fruit, the rest for intensive and protected cropping. They like to think the garden is their practical contribution towards a healthier, fairer and more beautiful world.
May 3rd Visit to Kingham Lodge
A five acre garden owned by Christopher and Delphie Stockwell, which will have displays of sculpture ready for Oxfordshire Artweeks.
June 7th Visit to Old Whitehill Barn, Tackley
A one acre garden developed over the last fifteen years from a farmyard by Paul and Gill Withers. Including colour-themed borders and vegetable garden. £5 including refreshments.
July 5th Visit to Nailsworth, Hook Norton
A developing garden with wildlife pond, fruit trees, vegetables and greenhouse. We will also have a talk from Sarah Morris, who runs ‘Incredible Edible’ in the village.
August 2nd Visit to Happy Valley Farm, Swerford
Our members David and Anne Andrews, have been creating their new garden for only a couple of years. We will be able to see the raised vegetable beds they have made and other developments.
September 6th Garden Wildlife
A short AGM, followed by a discussion on the good and the bad in the garden. Can you identify them? How do we get the balance right?
October 4th Chadlington Kitchen Garden
Our member Emma Harris Bass, will tell us about this Community Supported Agriculture farm of 1/5th of an acre, which aims to develop into a 5 acre farm that can supply local people with freshly picked organic vegetables throughout the year.
November 1st Honeybees
Paul Empden will show us why these insects are so important to our lives, and the problems they face.
December 6th Honey
Our eating meeting to round off the year. Free entry to those who bring some food to share containing honey. An opportunity to swap spare seeds too.