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Wickhambrook Horticultural Society Reports

January to April 2008

The Society began 2008 with a very interesting speaker, Mr Adrian Walters, who spoke about “A Year in the Life of Roadside Nature Reserves”.  Mr Walters informed us that the amount of area of natural grassland in Suffolk has declined dramatically in Suffolk during the past fifty years.  This is mainly because of changes in agricultural practices, but is devastating for our wild flowers, insects, butterflies and birds. 

To help to offset this problem, Mr Walters and many others, in conjunction with Suffolk County Council, “manage” approximately 200 areas of roadside grasslands.  This involves removing invasive weeds, non-native shrubbery, trees, etc – anything that stops the natural process of natural development of grasslands – even daffodils planted alongside roadsides hinders the development of natural wild flowers.  Fertilisation of farmland alongside the roadsides has to be prevented, because this is also detrimental to the growth of wild flowers, and even the placement of salt by Suffolk County Council for use on the roads in case of bad weather, has to be controlled.  The talk ended with lovely slides showing the diversity of wild flowers which grow in Suffolk, providing that conditions are right for their growth.

Mr Walters was warmly thanked by Stan Bates and the meeting ended with members enjoying a cup of tea/coffee and a friendly chat.

Our monthly meeting on Monday 17th March is a talk entitled “Care of Cacti and Succulents” and on the 21st April is a demonstration on “Flower Arranging with Fruit and Vegetables” given by one of our members, Sally Swift.  All meetings begin at 7.30 and are held in the W.I. Hall.  Annual membership of the Society is £3, with meetings costing £1 or £2 for non-members.  Our membership cards also entitle the holder to a 10% reduction (on Thursdays) at Marlows DIY and Garden Centre in Bury St Edmunds.

On Saturday, 29th March we are holding our annual Social Evening, again in the W.I. Hall.   This has previously been held in the bar room of the Memorial Social Centre and has been a 3 course meal prepared by Esme and her helpers.  Although this has always been a good evening, it has always been somewhat cramped, so the Committee decided to try a different format this year.  Again Esme is doing the catering, but this is going to be a buffet, with hot soup for starters, followed by a help yourself buffet-style main course and followed by sweets and tea/coffee and cheese and biscuits.  The cost will be £12 and, if you would like to join us, please let one of the committee know.

COACH TRIP
I am organising a visit to Somerleyton Hall (Near Lowestoft) on Wednesday, 21st May.  Providing we get enough numbers, this will be a private visit to Somerleyton Hall.  We leave Wickhambrook at 9 o’clock and leave Somerleyton at 5 o’clock, so will be back in Wickhambrook around 6.30 p.m.  This visit includes something for everyone – a guided tour of the house in the morning and in the afternoon a guided tour of the gardens.  The cost also includes coffee on arrival, a buffet lunch and afternoon tea before we leave.  The cost of the day at Somerleyton Hall is £25 each, with the coach fare being £13, making a total of £38.  I agree that this sounds rather expensive, but it does include refreshments as stated throughout the day.  One of our members did this trip last year and she has said that it is thoroughly enjoyable and she is hoping to go again this year.   You do not have to be a member of our Society, so if you would like to come along please give me a ring and I will put your name down.

Finally, just a reminder that on the 12th May we have our coffee evening and bring and buy, so please remember this when you start to tidy up your gardens this Spring or start your seedlings off.  Our annual sales have been much better the past couple of years, but that is only because members and friends take cuttings from their own gardens or pot plants up for us.

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Monday 23rd October
The next Horticultural Society meeting will be on Monday 23rd October at 7.30pm in the WI Hall, The Amazing Hidden History of Apples and Orchards talk and apple identification by Joanna Crosby (Apple Expert, Trumpington Community Orchard Project Co-Founder).  Tea and Coffee refreshments.


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Our Annual Membership is 5, with meetings costing 1 to members and 2 to non-members. We would love to see some new members and you can be sure of a warm and friendly welcome.

Subscriptions are payable to the Treasurer each January.

Our talks usually last for about an hour and then we have a chat with other members whilst enjoying tea/coffee and biscuits. The talks cover a range of different aspects of gardening and our programme is planned to provide something of interest to each and everyone of us.

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