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



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


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.




Only a few days to go until Apple Day.

Please can I ask anyone who has time, to make a cake to go with the teas, as we ran out very early at the Summer Show.

Members will all be given a bag of 5 ‘Narcissus Tresamble’ bulbs to grow for the Spring Show, so please collect these on the day as it is easier than us trying to get them to you.

If anyone has an hour spare and wouldn’t mind helping serving teas, with apple sales or tasting please let me know, as many hands make light work!

apple-day-poster-version-2There will be refreshments and hot pork rolls, so no need for lunch beforehand!  Look forward to seeing lots of you there.


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.


Tomorrow we have an evening visit to Riseholme, a NGS garden at Radcliffe on Trent.  Having spoken to the garden owner, Elaine, this morning, we have decided to bring forward the time of the visit to 6.15 as it is now nearly dark by 8pm.  If we meet at 6pm at Lowdham Village Hall to share cars, or 6.15pm at the garden ready to start.  We will look at the garden first and then have refreshments afterwards.  Anyone who isn’t able to make it this earlier, just join us when you can.  Please tell anyone that you know is coming of these changes as I am aware not everyone is on email.

The cost of this visit is subsidised by LHS at £3 for members or £5 for non-members.  If you are no longer able to come or would now like to join us, please let me know via the website, ASAP so that Elaine has an idea of numbers for refreshments.

The address of the garden is Riseholme, 125 Shelford Road, Radcliffe on Trent, Notts, NG12 1AZ.


Annual Summer Show


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.



This year’s Summer Show is fast approaching. The schedule and entry form can be downloaded from our website  Paper copies will be available at various shops in the Lowdham and Burton Joyce over the next few days.

As usual, we will be setting up the marquee etc on the afternoon of Sunday 28th August so any help then, or for an hour or two at the Show on the Monday, would be much appreciated.

Enjoy the sunshine and your gardens


Our first evening trip for this summer is to Southwell Flower Pod, as a follow up to the interesting talk that we had about it in February.  We are visiting on Thursday 30th June at 7pm.  The evening visit will last approx 2 hours and we will be served with refreshments. The cost will be subsidised by the society at £3 per person for members and £5 for non-members.  I do need numbers beforehand please, so contact me via the website if you would like to join us.

I suggest people meet at the car park of Lowdham Village Hall at 6.30 to share cars or at the Flower Pod just before 7.


We still have a few spaces left on our next coach trip

On Sunday 12th June, we will be visiting Scampston Walled Garden near Malton in Yorkshire. It is reputed to be is a stunningly beautiful contemporary garden, quite unlike any other. Designed by the renowned Dutch plantsman, Piet Oudolf, and featuring modern, perennial meadow planting alongside more traditional areas, which is said to be one of the most exciting survivals of the great age of Victorian gardening.  There is a tea room, shop and plant centre too.

On the day we are visiting there is also a Vintage Fair held in the surrounding parkland, which we will have complimentary access into.  The cost of the trip is very reasonable at £14 for members and £18 for non-members (this includes transport and entry into the garden).  It would be great to take a coach full and all are welcome.

We have also organised our first evening trip for this summer.  We are visiting Southwell Flower Pod as a follow up to the interesting talk that we had about it February.  We are visiting on Thursday 30th June at 7pm.  The evening visit will last approx 2 hours and we will be served with refreshments too.  The cost will be subsidised by the society at £3 per person for members and £5 for non-members.  I do need numbers and payment beforehand please.

If you would like more details or to join either visit, don’t hesitate to contact me via the website.