On the 15th of January, saw our opening meeting of 2018, our speaker was Tim Miles, head gardener, at the Cotswold Wild life centre, Near Burford. Tim’s talk showed how sympathetic planting helped with the visual of aspect of the animals and to re-created something approaching their natural habitat. Using slides we saw how this planting really works, the talk went on to tell us how they dealt with the bigger very tender plants, such as the bananas etc. By wrapping them in straw & hesian, smaller plants being stored in large polytunnels. Some strange tasks have to be carried out by the gardeners, such as piling very large rocks around the oak trees, in the rhinoceros enclosure, to prevent them rubbing themselves against the trees & eventually pushing them over! A thoroughly interesting talk, showing what goes on behind the scenes, must make a visit there again, viewing it through a gardener’s eyes. The evening closed with our raffle. It was pleasing to note that at least two thirds of the members had renewed their membership, plus some very welcome new members, we must be getting something right! Our speaker this month, on the 19th, will be Natalie Mignotte, giving a talk on “medieval gardens”, our member’s monthly competition will be “Spring flowers”. Some important dates for your diary, on the 5th of this month, we have our “Celebrity” speaker, Roy Lancaster, with a talk “My life with plants”, there may be still some tickets available, contact Jess Bailey on 812267, for availability. Not long now until April the 7th, when we hold our annual Spring show, see what you can find and exhibit, lots of classes for all ages and abilities. Finally 12th of May is getting ever closer, for our Plant sale, so get planting, every plant you can donate helps our club with it’s running costs. An interesting thought to finish with ”Gardening and laughing are two of the best things in life you can do, to promote good health and a sense of well being”.