Talk held on Thurs 16 Dec 2016 – Woburn Abbey Estate and Gardens

Many apologies for the delay in publishing details of an excellent talk which was given by Martin Towsey who is the Woburn Abbey Estate Garden Manager, being responsible to the Duke and Duchess of Bedfordshire. Martin took us through his career which actually started with Nottingham City Council Parks and Gardens Department, (back in the halcyon days of municipal parks and gardens), together with training at Brackenhurst College. He told us about the work being carried out to restore gardens and associated structures to the original layouts and designs. These include the Chinese Dairy, Bog Garden, Kitchen Garden, Camelia House, Hornbeam Maze, Rockery & Pavilion and so many more. Martin and his team of gardeners are also responsible for the Woburn parkland, Safari park, Golf course, Hotel grounds and interestingly the parks and gardens which form part of the Bedfordshire Estate in London. Altogether a most interesting talk for all those Society members and visitors present. We hope to have a coach trip to Woburn and all it encompasses on Sunday 4th June 2017. This should be a most rewarding visit.

 

Talk on Thurs 27th Oct 2016 – Rivers: Source to Sea by Jack Perks

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Our hardworking Chairperson (Nicola) is seen introducing an excellent talk with superb photographs which was delivered by Jack Perks (Wildlife and Underwater Specialist). The talk was thoroughly enjoyed by members and visitors to Lowdham W.I. Hall. Jack is a wildlife cameraman, film maker, researcher and presenter who has worked for the BBC on Springwatch 2016 and Countryfile. In fact, the Sunday prior to his talk he appeared on BBC Countryfile with a fascinating item about chubb in the Fairham Brook, including images of the fish feeding on blackberries which were falling into the brook. He took us from the source of rivers to the sea with wonderful images of wildlife along the banks and in the water. Altogether, a most worthwhile talk by a professional Natural History photographer who is based in the East Midlands. Perhaps you could do some research yourselves and have a look on his website and Facebook page.

Apple Day – Sunday 23 October 2016

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After technical ‘hitches’ between an ‘Apple’ iPad and our website, with photos being shown upside down, at last a short ‘blog’ about a successful ‘Apple’ Day event in Lowdham Village Hall. We had 380 adults plus children coming to the show with excellent feedback from visitors. As well as so many varieties of apples and pears on display, there was fruit tasting, jams and chutneys to purchase, local honey, cider, perry, teas and homemade cakes, and of course the pork cobs. Adrian, our national prize winning fruit grower was giving fruit pressing demonstrations and advice on fruit varieties throughout the event.

We thank all those who came along and of course everyone who participated or helped in any way.

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Seeds and Plants – 50% discount for Society members

Well, seasons come and seasons go, it’s that time of year once again to order your seeds and plants for next year. An amazing benefit for members is a massive 50% discount on seeds and plants ordered through the Society from Suttons. There is also a 10% discount on other garden equipment shown in the Suttons catalogue.
If interested, please complete and return an order form by Monday 5th December 2016 to the Society. If you require a seed catalogue (2017) from the Society please leave a reply on our website.

Annual Summer Show

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Now, have you seen this sign in the last few days? If the answer is yes then you’ll be aware it is the annual Summer Show in Lowdham next Monday the 29th August 2016. Fingers crossed for some nice sunny weather this year to help make it a fun afternoon. So we hope to see you at the Show which is held at the Village Hall and adjacent fields. Oh, nearly forgot, even if you haven’t seen our advertising sign please pop along and take in the atmosphere of a village show.

 

Plant Sale – Sat 14th May 2016

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Well, on a bright but quite cold mid May morning we held our popular plant sale in the Lowdham Village Hall car park. This included a wide range of summer bedding plants, tomato, courgettes and marrow plants plus a selection of perennials for herbaceous borders. All together it was a successful morning with people from the village and further afield coming along to look and make purchases.

We thank all those who supported yet another venture of our horticultural society and of course a big thank you to members of the society who helped on the morning of the sale. Furthermore, and on this theme, an even bigger thank you goes to our ‘very own local nurseryman’ for all his efforts in growing the high quality summer bedding plants.

We hope that you now do your bit in the garden and have a lovely display of summer colour.

Wonderful colours and fragrances at the annual Spring Show

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Well, the phrase ‘Spring has Sprung’ was certainly evident in Lowdham Village Hall last Sunday. With lots of exhibits plus displays of floral art and artwork being enjoyed by lots of visitors there was a lovely atmosphere in a ‘Springlike’ setting. We thank everyone who helped in any way at the show and of course everyone who came along. Look out for future events such as talks, coach trips, plant sales and of course the annual Summer Show on August Bank Holiday Monday.

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Spring Show – Sunday 17th April 2016

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Well, Spring has sprung, so let’s hope it’s in full bloom together with all the fragrances this coming Sunday in Lowdham Village Hall. Our annual show is open between 1.00pm and 4.00pm and only costs £1.50 to enter with no admission charge for children. There are displays of floral art and artwork by village groups. Perhaps you may like to ‘have a go’ and enter some flowers or shrubs in the show, in which case, this may be done between 9.30 and 11.30am on the day. There will be hot and cold drinks plus delicious home made cakes available. We welcome all visitors who come along and support the village event. See you there🌻🌺🌼💐

Seasons Greetings

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Well, here we are in December 2015, the bulbs and bulbous plants are coming through  and there’s so much colour in the gardens. What’s the date of the annual Spring Show?

Never mind all this, the above image is of the Lowdham Horticultural Society entry in the Lowdham Community Christmas Tree Festival of Journeys which was held on the 12th and 13th December 2015 in St Mary’s Church, Lowdham. The tree was decorated to depict the journey from seed. We hope those of you who visited the church enjoyed this and all the other beautifully decorated Christmas trees.

Finally, after a most enjoyable year of village shows, plant sales, evening talks, socials and wonderful visits may we wish everyone a very Happy Christmas and a Happy,Peaceful and Healthy New Year 2016.

Talk ECHO LOCATION LOCATION – Thurs 19th November 2015

We enjoyed an excellent and most informative talk by Michael Walker of the Nottinghamshire Bat Group which was supported by a selection of images. We were told about the numerous types, sizes and locations of bats, both in the British Isles and also some from around the world. The habitats of bats was explained, this leading us to the importance of habitats in the wild and the need for instance, for bats to have hedgerows to follow in flight. It was explained that we can play our part in helping these fascinating nocturnal animals by having gardens which support lots of insects for the bats to feed on. The group has been succesful in getting Heritage Lottery Funding for a 3 year project to ‘map’ bats in Nottinghamshire.

As a society, it was agreed that we could no doubt help in this cause by inviting our members to consider having a ‘bat detector’ in their gardens for a few days. Volunteers would be contacted, possibly from April or May next year to arrange for a detector to be placed in their garden. If you are interested in taking part in this project please contact us and we will then decide on the best way forward in conjunction with the Nottinghamshire Bat Group.

The speaker, on a number of occasions, referred to bats flying around Lowdham cricket field during the late summer evenings. Having played and been heavily involved in Lowdham cricket club over many years, it was only at the end of the talk that I realised I knew the speaker, he used to sell cricket ‘bats’!!