Newsletter – June 2020

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Another month has gone, and we are still being sensible and obeying the lock-down rules but, I am sure that your gardens are benefiting from all this attention!

However, here are a few updates for you:

Cottage Garden Herbery:
Over the years many of you will have listened to talks by Kim and Rob Hurst, and some may remember our visit to their old garden (where the name Cottage Garden Herbery came from) and some may have visited their new garden, which is beautiful. 

I have been asked by Kim and Rob to say a big thank you from both of them to members who placed orders with them.

Orders have really slowed up since the opening of the Garden Centres, but it’s helped to pay the nursery bills for this season, and it will get the nursery through the winter..

Carrs Organic compost:
At our meeting in February, mention was made of this compost and that our Chairman may be able to arrange for us to buy it direct. Full details of the products can be seen on their website.

Nick has arranged with Michael Carr  for people to collect direct from the farm if they phone and make an appointment or if there is a number of people who want smaller amounts Nick  would be happy to collect them and deliver to the village hall car park.

Prices are:
40 litres compost £7.00
80 litres soil improver £8.00
80 litres mulch £8.50

Michael is selling as much as he can produce and is delivering to garden centres far and wide.

If you wish to place a small order then please send details to the Club email address.

NGS Shropshire:
As of the beginning of this week, National Garden Scheme gardens across England have started to open again and gardens will shortly be opening in Shropshire.

There are strict guidelines, however, for  openings and tickets have to be pre-booked in advance to a designated time-slot, via the NGS website. At the moment, this is the only way they can safely manage visitor numbers in gardens.  Refreshments will not be available, but some gardens will encourage picnics, and some may have plants for sale.  Toilet facilities will not be available (unless an emergency).

The wonderful gardens at Ruthall Manor, Ditton Priors, nr Bridgnorth will be open for the National Garden Scheme on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th June from 10am to 4.30pm on each day.  You MUST, however, in order to comply with current regulations, book and pay for your timed entry slot in advance, this is to ensure social distancing and the safety of both visitors, garden owners and volunteers.

Tamsin Westhorpe:
Tamsin Westhorpe of Stockton Bury Gardens, is giving a Zoom presentation on The Judging of the Chelsea Flower Show on behalf of St. Michael’s Hospice on the 16th June at 7.00 pm.

Full details can be found on the St Michael’s Hospice website by clicking on the events section.

The event is limited to 50 people and is free to join but hopefully it will be a fund raising event for the Hospice.

Tamsin has advised that they will not be opening the gardens in the near future, as it is integrated into the adjoining farm.

Monthly meetings:
It is still our hope that we can resume our meetings in September, but it will depend on the social distancing rules then and, of course, any restrictions placed on the Village Hall.

Keep safe and keep gardening


Jane has written the next edition in her “Lock Down Diary” and this can be found on our website under News and Views.