Meetings & Visits

PROGRAMME OF EVENTS FOR 2024

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.

Visitors are welcome to all meetings and visits for £3.

February 7th Swifts – The Greatest Birds on Earth?

A talk by Tim Huckvale who hosts a colony of four swift nest boxes on his house in Sibford. The talk will be illustrated with photos and videos of swift life from his nest box cameras, hoping to inspire you with practical advice to install your own nest boxes to help reverse the decline in their numbers.

March 6th  Bees & Honey – Pollination, Competition and the Environment

Paul Embden who worked as an entomologist at Oxford University in the forestry and zoology departments for 30 years has been keeping bees for 40 years.

April 3rd   Stories of Permaculture Practice

Xin Moreton has created a permaculture garden herself and is constantly researching the practice in the UK and China. She will illustrate the talk with examples.

May 1st  Visit to Foxholes, Lyneham

This BBOWT reserve is an ancient woodland known for it’s bluebells.

June 5th  Visit to Chippy Flower Farm, Little Tew

A visit to this organic flower farm just outside Chipping Norton set up in 2021 to provide a more sustainable alternative to imported cut flowers.

July 3rd  Visit to Cow Lane SSSI reserve, Hook Norton

A guided tour of this reserve with Craig Blackwell, previously Oxfordshire’s County Ecologist.

August 7th  Visit to Garden Organic’s Heritage Seed Library, Ryton, Coventry

A guided tour of the Heritage Seed Library from Catrina Fenton who gave us a talk last year. Cost £5. Booking required. We can picnic in the gardens, then visit Avondale Nursery, Baginton.

September 4th  Visit to Marston Community Forest Garden, Oxford

A guided tour of this forest garden on the outskirts of Oxford.

October 2nd

A group discussion on modern versus older gardening practices. Do you still double dig, practice crop rotation or put the garden to bed for the winter?

Preceded by a short AGM.

November 6th   Ferns, Stumperies and Shady Places  

A talk by Andrew Tolman who has more than 35 years experience working in private gardens, specialising in garden restoration, restorative pruning and topiary.

December 4th  Homemade Breads

Our eating meeting to round off the year will be an opportunity to bring along your homemade bread.