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Newtown Linford Parish Council

including Neighbourhood Watch

Clerk: Pam McMorran
76 Main Street, Newtown
Linford, Leicester LE6 0AD

Newtown Linford Gardening Club

The Gardening Club was formed in May 2002 in response to a demand clearly shown in the Village Appraisal. Now we have over 100 members.

We have a full, interesting and varied programme. We meet on the 4th Tuesday of the month at 7.30 pm in the large hall at the Village Hall in Newtown Linford.

We have held our open evenings for several years now and they have proved very popular. We have had talks from David Howard, Head Gardener at Highgrove, and Nick Hamilton from Barnsdale. Since then Christine Walkden and Adam Frost have spoken to a packed room and more recently we have welcomed Chris Beardshaw, Fergus Garett from Great Dixter and Anne Swithinbank. There are several more of these events already planned for future years with other prestigious gardening personalities signed up to come to our village.

We have also visited some fascinating and well-known gardens including RHS Wisley, Kew, John's Garden, Coton Manor, RHS Harlow Carr, RHS Hyde Hall and Highgrove. We have also been behind the scenes at Wyevale and other nurseries which specialise in particular plants of groups of plants.

New members and visitors are welcome, for full details contact Secretary Anne Couling on 01530 242452 or email 32couling@gmail.com.

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Newsletter February 2018

In January, we were fortunate to have two exciting events: Echium World and hosting the BBC's Gardeners' Question Time.

Earlier in the month, Linda and Ray presented a fascinating talk on Echiums 'In the Land of the Giants' and shared their story of how they went from enthusiasts to experts now hosting the National Collection. Our members bought some plants and benefited from knowing now how to grow these exciting and striking plants.

Then we hosted the BBC's Gardeners' Question Time radio programme. Our members heard a range of interesting and diverse questions which were then answered by the knowledgeable panel consisting of Christine Walkden, Matthew Biggs and Matthew Wilson along with their host and questioner Eric Robson. The evening was funny, interesting and the panel showed their wide range of expertise.

In February, we are looking forward to hearing from Amanda Fields, Regional Centre Manager - Birmingham, of Strive, a charity which specialises in Social and Therapeutic Horticulture (STH). We all know our personal benefits from gardening so it will be interesting to learn more about how the charity works.

The BBC Gardeners' Question Time team comprising of (left to right) Eric Robson, Matthew Biggs, Christine Walkden and Matthew Wilson (photo courtsey of Tara Pickles)

Table of Events

Date

Speaker

Subject

Notes

27th February 2018

Amanda Fields
Regional Centre Manager – Birmingham
Thrive

Social and Therapeutic Horticulture (STH)

27th March 2018

Lucy Turner - Green Space Leicester

Pruning

24th April 2018

Bob Flowerdew

Tickets will be available to non-members

22nd May 2018

Celia Sanger - Volunteer speaker, Calke Abbey

Calke Abbey Gardens - Echoes From the Past

26th June 2018

Visit to Brooklea Nurseries in Rothley

24th July 2018

Summer social

28th August 2018

Summer visit

25th September 2018

Jack Willgoss

‘A Late Summer Love Affair’, this is a look at extending the season of interest in the garden using herbaceous perennials

23rd October 2018

Bunny Guinness

Transforming Your Garden

Tickets will be available to non-members

4th December 2018

Christmas Party

22nd January 2019

Chris Edwards

Bird Watching Basics

26th February 2019

Matthew Biggs

Back Gardens

Tickets will be available to non-members