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Ebrington and District Gardening Club – Annual Plant Sale

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Sunday 18th May – 14.00 to 17.00 Ebrington Village Hall, Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire
The Club will have its own stall plus a number of Club Members will be selling their own plants.
Come and buy from a wide range of interesting and unusual plants and have a Cream Tea at the same time. This is a very good afternoon out in a lovely village in the Cotswolds, the countryside and the gardens are looking lovely at this time of year, and you will remember your visit to Ebrington when those plants are blooming in your own garden.

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Gloucestershire Root, Fruit and Grain Society – Results and Annual Report 2007

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Gloucestershire Root, Fruit and Grain Society logoThursday 24th January 18.30 The Annual General Meeting will be held at their HQ Bisley House

The Gloucestershire Root, Fruit and Grain Society (GRFGS) was established in 1863 and its aim is to encourage the improvement of all forms of agricultural practices and products. Its Patron is The Prince of Wales.

Annual Report 2007 – President’s Report

“Possibly the strangest year on record for agriculture with the confusion of Foot & Mouth and Blue Tongue restriction zones compounded by flooding in July!

Bearing in mind that many people had their houses flooded and their summer totally disrupted, the cancellation of the Tillage Event cannot be viewed as a disaster but this certainly dampened the spirits of members this year.

Throughout these trials and tribulations however, our members have remained buoyant and resilient and this has paid off to some extent with increased optimism in the arable and dairy sectors.”

Annual Report 2007 – Competitions Officer’s Report

“This year we reciprocated the Championship Judging with the Banbury Agricultural Society; another area of which few of us had any great knowledge or experience. As in past years the opportunity to visit and examine the farming in a new territory was much enjoyed by the judges from both Societies.

The flooding on 10th July had disasterous consequences on many farms whether stock or arable, and disrupted our judging schedule somewhat as can be imagined. The only casualty for the Competitions was the Arable Championship which was not finally judged, a big disappointment for those who had entered some excellent crops.”

However, after prolonged scrutiny of the results the Premier Award for the most points won in the Competitions was a tie between Springhill Estate, Seven Wells, Moreton-in-Marsh and Ponsonby Farms, Lechlade.

Boddington Estates, Boddington, Cheltenham won The Farm Championship and for the second year running Springhill Estate won the The Livestock Championship. A new class this year, Oilseed Rape Establishment, was won by Ponsonby Farms and the Kingston brothers from South Farm, Wootton-under-Edge and Tresham Farm, Tresham won The Best Dairy Herd, Best Managed Grassland and Clamped Silage Classes between them.

A full list of 2007 Trophy Winners is included in the Annual Report but our local farm (local to this website) R & J Baldwyn, High Crest, Hidcote Boyce, Chipping Campden had a good year getting equal 5th place for most points scored in the Competitions with the following results;

Arable Championship – Cotswolds Region – 3rd Place (with a 1st Place in the Barley section), Profitable Wheat Class – 4th Place, Malting Barley Class – 2nd Place, Bagged Silage Class -4th Place, Fodder Beet Class – 2nd Place and Best Managed Grassland – 2nd Place. Well done.

Gloucestershire Root, Fruit and Grain Society
BK
Bisley House
Green Farm Business Park
Bristol Road
Gloucester
GL2 4LY
Telephone 01452 880101
www.grfgs.com

Tags: animals | banbury | chipping campden | competition | cotswolds | countryside | farming | floods | gloucestershire | hidcote | moreton

The National Collection of Asters

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Aster novi-belgii26th September Upton House (NT) Aster Open Day

Continuing with the theme of National Collections, Upton House near Banbury has The National Collection of Asters and this unique and important collection will be the focus of an Open Day in September.

Asters have been around in the UK for over 400 years and the name comes from the Greek word for star. They are often called Michaelmas Daisies but enthusiasts only use this name for the commonly grown Aster novi-belgii.

Asters flower in September and Upton House will have a wonderful spectacle of varying shades of purple,mauve and white flowers.

Upton House and Gardens is a National Trust property which is open every day except for Thursdays and Fridays with the Garden, Restaurant and Shop also being open on Thursday and Friday throughout August.

The House has a wonderful collection of Old Master paintings and English and French 18th-century porcelain together with a fascinating exhibition of Shell advertising posters from the 1920s and 1930s.

Upton House is only 45 minutes away from Little Gidding so why not come and stay with us and visit some historic houses and gardens (and some National Collections)

Tags: banbury | gardens

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