May 2017

KIRTON AND FALKENHAM GARDENERS CLUB

June visit - Thurs 8th. June - ‘ The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company ‘
Levington Research Station. Cars Green 6.45pm or meet 7.00pm..

May visit – ActivGardens.
Our first summer evening visit on a warm afternoon was to ActivGardens’ Peoples’ Community Garden, at Chantry Park , Walled Garden.They are part of the ActivLives charity which also includes the Peoples’ Community Garden at Maidenhall Allotments. ActivGardens offers learning programmes in the historic walled garden where they run a plant nursery with flower and veg borders catering for disabled and elderly and helping those with dementia. They launched their new garden for older people in May.
They are open for plant sales Tues and Thurs 10 am- 3.00pm.
The charity relies on funding and volunteer support.
Some 20 members where given a talk and conducted tour by Susannah Robirosa the trust’s very passionate development manager who is also responsible for raising vital funding for this important work. For more info go to Susannah@activlives.org.uk.

June visit – Thurs. 8th. June – For our June visit we make the short journey to The Scotts Miracle-Grow Company at Levington Research Station, Bridge Road, Levington, IP10 0NE. We meet at Scotts at 7.00pm, but if you need a lift be at the Green by 6.45pm.

Summer outing – Wednesday 26th. July. - Our long awaited summer outing is coming up fast and we are looking forward to visiting William Dyson’s Great Comp garden before going on to Tom Hart-Dyke’s World Garden at Lullingstone Castle.
We have conducted tours at both venues and refreshment facilities are available.
Tickets , £32, include coach, conducted tours and entrance fees. At the time of writing only a few tickets are left so if you wish to go contact Jenny on 448571.

Summer Garden Party – Saturday 8th. July - Our summer garden party is also on the July horizon.
Our hosts will be Diane and Mick Elmes who will welcome us to their home and garden at 41, Westmorland Road, Felixstowe. So come along and join us for the usual refreshments and the chance to view Mick’s special garden.
Times and final details in July Review.

More of the club’s origins - We had 80 plus committed members and with January 2001 fast approaching we needed a programme of events for the year and at that stage no money in the bank. We had officers and a committee , no elections took place just Dick deciding who would do what – ‘ I think you should be chairman’ or ‘I think we should do so and so’ , this was Dick speak for this is what we are going to do ! Hester and Debbie found themselves on the committee, which was a master stroke as somehow they conjured up a programme for the year at little or no cost. We were grateful to Notcutts staff for talks and garden visits and the following gave talks for free - John Coles, Veg, Shirley Sheppard , hanging baskets, Tim Church, seeds, Debbie, propogation, Yvonne Lambert, floral displays and Di Harrold presented our first Christmas meeting with an entertaining talk - ‘ ITV in my Garden’. Karen Kenny had the honour of being the club’s first paid speaker with a talk on Organics before our first AGM, the fee – a princely £25 ! Compare that with an average now of £100. Dick arranged our first summer day’s outing to Hyde Hall where we met Matthew Wilson for the first time, around ninety members and friends made the trip in two coaches!
So we survived our first year and were grateful to those who gave talks and opened up their gardens for free enabling us to finish the year with a healthy bank balance and more people wishing to sign up for membership and, importantly, giving the committee confidence in planning for the future.

Tales from the Allotments One of the many benefits of working the plots is the closeness to nature, and in particular the bird life. For me birds fall into two distinct categories, definite pests and the rest. Heading the pests are the wood pigeons who will strip a plot of all green matter and soft fruit in double quick time and close behind are the pheasants . I would have no qualms about wringing their necks and popping them in the oven
At the opposite end of the spectrum are the robins who are constant companions when you are digging on a cold winter’s day, Bob has even managed to hand feed one.
But when it comes to sheer entertainment we have a pair of French partridges who run around in tandem, their tiny legs a blur unlike the common partridges who take flight in a covey when disturbed.
As usual Bob Price has beaten us all by digging his first new potatoes on 27th. April!
Plot holders have a reputation for quirky humour, Tony always used to leave a plaque showing marks out of ten on my plot and my more recent neighbour has the following notice on his plot ‘ Trespassers will be Composted ‘ ! You have been warned.

Roy Mallett 616