On Monday the 18th of February, our guest speaker for the evening was Dugald McNaughtan, , from Wiltshire Wild Life Trust, giving us a talk on the work of the trust, conservation & training. The trust aims to create a living landscape across the county, by restoring, reconnecting & recreating wild life habitats, including our own Clouts wood & King’s farm. We were told of the work they carry out at their Lakeside care farm, about half an hour from Swindon, which offers a thriving & effective setting for children, young people & adults with individual needs, learning about nature conservation, farming, horticultural & forest activities. The talk was illustrated with slides, with a selection of the various locations. Our member’s monthly competition was won by Jo Baker, with a branch of witch hazel, it was very pleasing to see so many entries, keep up the good work! Details of the following month’s completion are always to be found on seats, so no excuses! Our speaker this month, on the 15th, will be Michael Brown, “The historical gardener”, giving us a talk on the Georgian gardener, Michael comes dressed in suitable costume to match the talk, perhaps members may like to come dressed in 18th century clothes, as well! Don’t forget it is our Spring show on the 13th of this month, schedules available from Jess Bailey 01793 812267, lots of new classes, to enter, see poster in this edition of the Wroughton monthly for more details. If you cannot enter please come along anyway for a great afternoon out, plenty of old friends to meet plus all those delicious cake & teas to enjoy, see you there.
Finally something to think about, “Gardeners are always optimistic, always enterprising, but rarely satisfied”, happy gardening.