Meetings & Visits


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 2nd   Ancient Grains

John Letts is a farmer, botanist and founder of The Heritage Grain Trust. He believes that farmers can produce all the grain we need to feed the UK whilst improving soil health, increasing bio-diversity and sequestering carbon. Henry Astor grows some of these varieties at Bruern Farm.

March 2nd   Ancient Woodlands of Gloucestershire

John Heathcott will show us what an ancient woodland is, why they are important and where we can visit some.

April 6th   Visit to a Chadlington garden

Jane has been gardening here for just over 30 years, slowly evolving the garden into an increasingly naturalistic space with an emphasis on attracting and supporting wildlife.  The garden contains mixed cottage-style planting, mainly based on herbaceous perennials interspersed with spring bulbs and shrubs and additional annuals in summer. Donation to NGS.

May 4th    Visit to FarmEd at Honeydale Farm

A guided tour of this educational farm that believes that regenerative agriculture is the way to farm with nature.  Booking and fee of £7 required.

June 1st   Visit to North Aston Organics

A return visit to this vegetable box scheme.

July 6th   Visit to Adderbury

Andrew Howard of the Heritage Fruit Tree Company will show us how to summer prune fruit trees.  Booking and fee of £10 required.

August 3rd   Visit to two members’ allotments in Chipping Norton

Liz started her allotment in 2008, initially half a traditional plot where she has created beds and paths and grown traditional veg. In 2020, she acquired the other half of the plot, which has a greenhouse, an orchard and soft fruit.  Irene has had her plot for 3 years and is new to veg growing and is enjoying seeing what grows well.

September 7th    Growing Nuts

A talk from David Barbour from Heath Farm, where he grows hazlenuts, walnuts and chestnuts for sale at farmers’ markets, as well as a small amount of hazlenut and walnut oils.

October 5th  Peat-free Composts

A group discussion on those that we have found work well and more importantly, those that don’t.

Preceded by a short AGM.

November 2nd  Garden Wildlife

Paul Embden, who was a senior technician in the Botany Dept. at Oxford University will share is love of wildlife and give an overview of the full range you can find in your garden if you look properly.

December 7th  Celebrating our 30th Anniversary

Our eating meeting to round off the year will celebrate the group’s 30th Anniversary.