Gardeners’ Spring & Summer Update

Recent talks

Woodland TrustThe West Bergholt Gardeners Association report that they ended 2013 with interesting talks by Sally Hepher on the Woodland Trust and Barry Kaumann-Wright on his former occupation of Wildlife Crime Officer with Essex Police.

Sally Hepher’s talk illustrated the value of the Woodland Trust in creating new woodland, restoring old woods and in particular protecting ancient woodlands from the pressure of todays road, rail and housing developments. It was becoming increasingly important to retain woodland to save endangered species and their habitats for future generations.The talk was well appreciated by the Members and it is more than likely that she will be asked to return to give a further talk on one of her varied interests.

Badger cubsBarry Kaufmann-Wright described the ongoing work aimed to protect our wildlife population from both man and machine. He talked of the protective works which had been carried out to save several species.  He referred in particular to his knowledge of both newts and badgers, the former still threatened by new developments and the latter from man and illegal baiting. In all an interesting as well as an educative talk.

2014 Spring & Summer Programme

So we embark upon a new year, full of sunshine(?) and gardening promise. It is hoped that the program for the next six months will encourage people to come along to one of our meetings and participate in our outings – you may well like to join the Association.

  • 17 February   Eddy Harris    Looking for plants in South Africa
  • 17 March    Geoff Hodge      Luscious Lawns – Lawn Care
  • 14 April     Richard Ford     Hostas
  • 19 May       PLANT SALE – all proceeds to Charity
  • 19 June     Day Trip        Waddesdon Manor
    (Includes House, Gardens and Aviary, Woodland also Shops, Restaurants & Wine Cellars).

We welcome new members and anyone that may be interested in either joining the Club or participating in our summer outing should telephone 01206 241256 or email at [antibot mailto=”[email protected]”].

Tom Souter (Publicity)

Summer Wildlife Walk at Hillhouse Wood

Joe Firmin and Philip Smith will lead this walk starting at the Old Church at 10am on 10th July.  Being in and near the wood the walk offers a chance to see butterflies (including whiteletter hairstreaks), dragonflies, damselflies and other colourful insects, as well as summer wildflowers and resident birds.

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Wildlife in the garden…

…is the topic of the next West Bergholt Gardeners’ Association meeting. Members enjoyed learning tips on ‘Garden and Planting Design’ when Hilary Thomas, Garden Designer, Lecturer and Writer spoke at last week’s meeting. Hilary’s book The Complete Planting Design Course highlights ideas for the garden in creating planting schemes for every colour, season, purpose and area. It is essential reading for every would-be garden designer or for anyone who wants to make a difference to their outside space. And it’s available from most bookstores and online –

The next meeting will be held on Monday 21 March, when Barry Kaufmann-Wright will present on ‘Wildlife in the Garden’. See further information on Barry’s career and consultancy profile on his website –

For details on our organisation contact the Chair – [email protected] or the Treasurer – [email protected]. Meetings are held at 7.30pm in the Orpen Hall.

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