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

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Newsletter May 2018

We all had a great evening in April listening to Gardener's Question Time presenter, author and gardener Bob Flowerdew. Bob shared his extensive knowledge of Organic Gardening to help us understand better how we need to feed the soil to feed ourselves and answered lots of questions from the members.

In May, we enjoyed a talk from Celia Sanger who has been a volunteer at Calke Abbey for five years. Celia is a garden tour guide and speaker on a variety of subjects related to Calke Abbey. Celia explained how the gardens have developed and what we should look for when we visit.

Our local trip is to Brooklea Nursery in Rothley, We will be welcomed by Faye, who runs the nursery, have a talk on the plants and end the evening with refreshments in the café.

July means our Summer Garden Party which will again by at Mountain Ash, the lovely home with a two-acre garden of our Chairman, Mike Newcombe. We enjoy a two course buffet supper with drinks and a quick-fire raffle.

In August we go to Thornbridge Hall, who are opening especially for us so we have a private viewing with a guided tour and lunch.

Bob Flowerdew speaking to Newtown Linford Gardening Club (photo courtesy of Tara Pickles)

Table of Events





26th June 2018

Local evening visit

Visit to Brooklea Nurseries in Rothley

Arrival time 7pm for a talk, tour and refreshments

24th July 2018

Summer social

Mike & Liz Newcombe's House - Mountain Ash

28th August 2018

Summer visit

Thornbridge Hall

£35.00 per person including travel, garden entry, guide book, tea/filter coffee and buffet lunch

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

At the Linford

22nd January 2019

Chris Edwards

Bird Watching Basics

26th February 2019

Matthew Biggs

Back Gardens

Tickets will be available to non-members

26th March 2019

Amanda Fields
Regional Centre Manager – Birmingham

Social and Therapeutic Horticulture (STH)

Amanda will bring plants to sell

23rd April 2019

Alan Power, Head Gardener, Stourhead

28th May 2019

Timothy Walker, Writer, Presenter and Lecturer in Plants and Botany