Monthly Archives: February 2014

Garden Club

image002The objectives of the Club are to encourage the cultivation and exhibition of flowers, fruit and vegetables and to foster interest in horticulture in general and in the local environment.

Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month at St. Georges Church Hall, Easton in Gordano, starting at 7.45pm, visitors are very welcome.

The members represent a good cross section of the local community from dedicated gardeners to those who enjoy a pleasant social evening with a variety of interesting speakers on garden related topics. The membership has increased over the last few years and now stands at just over a hundred.

image003Apart from the regular monthly meetings the club organises a number of special events during the year which include :-

The Members Spring Bulb Show
This is held in on the March Club night with 9 classes available for members to enter and 8 cups are awarded to winning entrants

Members Annual Show
This is one of the highlights of the club year when members are able to display their prized flowers and vegetables not only to the judge and club members but also to any members of the local community who wish to see the show.

The show is held on a Saturday at the beginning of August in the St.Georges Church Hall with judging taking place in the morning and the public viewing in the afternoon.

There are classes for both flowers and vegetables (44 classes in all) and 11 Trophies are presented to the winners in each section.

Visitors to the show are asked to make a voluntary donation on entry that is given to one of the local “good causes”

Every other year the club organise a 5day holiday to gardens in different parts of the country, past holidays have been to Cornwall, Yorkshire Sussex and North Wales.
On each holiday a variety of gardens (usually 7) are visited which are typical of the area.

For any further information  contact:-

Mike Winter tel: 01275 373363 or Gerry Westwood tel: 01275 372797

About … Robert Buck – St. George’s Flower Bank, Pill, North Somerset

FlowerBank0001Rob identified the importance of the roadside verges for wildlife, local people and passing motorists. The verge along the A369 near the M5 and Easton in Gordano has already been enhanced with some planting and clearing. This project enabled more planting, habitat management and the monitoring and recording of species.

When we don’t have activities going on in our area, you can sit at home, hop on the internet, and start to play some fun games like online slots.

Rob developed his skills in habitat management.
Significant improvement was made in the diversity and quality of wildflowers, including bee orchids.
Some members of the local community got involved in helping with the work.
A display in the Pill Community Centre, and with people passing the site, generated a huge number of positive comments on the improvements made.
The equipment used for the habitat management purchased with the award has been made available to the community for other uses, in addition to the continued management of the site.
“This award has really helped us to develop our flower bank, not just to preserve endangered plants but to give great enjoyment to locals and passing traffic alike.” Rob Buck