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Ebrington and District Gardening Club – Annual Flower and Vegetable Show

Events, Features, Food and Produce, Places by Tony No Comments »

Saturday 9th August 2.30pm The Washbrook Barn, Ebrington, Gloucestershire.

Everything you’d expect from a village show – and more! This is the 28th Annual Flower and Vegetable Show and is held at The Washbrook Barn in Ebrington, by kind permission of The Drinkwater Family. A traditional show with something for everyone. There are 112 Classes covering Vegetables, Flowers, Fruit, Floral Art, Children’s Classes – under Five Years, Five to Eight Years and Nine to Twelve Years,- Cookery, Wine, Photography and Craft Work. Read the rest of this entry »

Ebrington & District Gardening Club goes to Broughton Grange & Broughton Castle

Events, Features, Places by Tony No Comments »

Wednesday 25th June Full day visit. Meet at Ebrington Village Hall 9.30 am 
Broughton Grange Gardens are an impressive 25 acres of garden and light woodland in an attractive Oxfordshire setting. The centrepiece is a large terraced walled garden created by Tom Stuart-Smith in 2001.
Broughton Castle nearby is “about the most beautiful castle in all England….for sheer loveliness of the combination of water,woods ands picturesque buildings.” – a generous tribute from historian Sir Charles Oman in 1898.

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See the summer in the Corinium Museum’s new Roman Garden

Places by Adam No Comments »

Visitors can come and relax in a setting similar to ancient Italy this summer thanks to a makeover of the Corinium Museum’s Roman Garden.

A whole host of plants and shrubbery has been donated by local garden centre Dobbies to the Cotswold District Council-owned museum in Cirencester, to create a stunning Roman-style centrepiece at the Park Street venue. Read the rest of this entry »

Ebrington and District Gardening Club – Annual Plant Sale

Events, Places by Tony No Comments »

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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Batsford Arboretum – one of the 50 best spring gardens to visit

Features, Places by Tony No Comments »

Batsford Arboretum, near Moreton-in-Marsh in the Cotswolds, is No. 4 in the list of the 50 best spring gardens to visit for a grand day out, compiled by the The Daily Telegraph Gardening section. Read the rest of this entry »

Cotswold gardeners urged to sign up for green waste service

Features by Adam No Comments »

Don’t let the grass grow under your feet! That is the message being given to gardeners by Cotswold District Council ahead of the new waste and recycling collection service.

The Council’s current free fortnightly collection of garden waste will stop in April when new weekly collection arrangements are introduced across the whole of the District.

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Ebrington and District Gardening Club – Annual Spring Show

Events, Features, Places by Tony No Comments »

Saturday 5th April Ebrington Village Hall – Entries staged from 09.00 – Public Viewing from 14.30

A true village show to celebrate the arrival of Spring and to show off the colours and freshness of spring flowers. Read the rest of this entry »

Big Garden Birdwatch 2008- Lets do it in the Cotswolds

Events, Features by Tony 2 Comments »

Saturday 26th January & Sunday 27th January 2008 – organised by RSPB

The Big Garden Birdwatch is the world’s biggest bird survey. It is organised by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) and has been a regular event since 1979 when they asked their junior membership to count the birds in their garden – over the same weekend. In 2001 the event was officially opened up to everyone and more than 55,000 people took part. In 2007 more than 400,000 participants took part by counting the birds in their garden for an hour. Together they spotted 6 million birds across 236,000 gardens.

With so many people taking part the RSPB are able to gather imprtant data which helps them to understand more about the population trends of UK garden birds.

Over the years the survey has recorded the huge declines in some of our most familiar birds. Since 1979 the number of house sparrows counted has fallen by 52%, the number of starlings by 76% and the number of blackbirds by 44%. However chaffinchs and great tits have both seen their numbers increase by 36% and 52% respectively. 

Take part in the Big Garden Birdwatch 2008 on 26th & 27th January. Simply spend an hour counting the birds in your garden or local park on either day.

Full details of how to take part are explained on the RSPB website www.rspb.org.uk/birdwatch and you can download a counting sheet to help you keep track of how many birds you’ve seen. You submit your results online using an online form which will be open from 26th January for you to enter your counts. The results will be published by the RSPB in March 2008.

Go on – give it a go – it only takes an hour!

Source – Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB)

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Chipping Campden Bulletin, Noticeboard by Adam No Comments »

Kiftsgate Gardens (c) Rick, ligthelm.multiply.com

The visiting speaker for November was Mrs Anne Chambers from nearby Kiftsgate Court. The village hall was packed with members and visitors eager to hear about the history of the property and its famous garden.

The house itself was built in the late C19th by the then owners of Mickleton Manor. They transported whole chunks of the manor house, which they loved, up to Kiftsgate by means of a light railway. Heather Muir, Anne’s grandmother, bought the property in 1918. She knew little about gardening at that time, but with the encouragement of her friends, including Vita Sackville-West and Major Lawrence Johnston, from nearby Hidcote, she soon set about creating her garden. Anne Chambers is the third generation of gardening owners in her family, following on from her grandmother and her mother, Mrs Binny. She has no formal training in gardening but has picked things up as she has gone along. She is a hands-on gardener, being ably helped by her husband, Johnny, and two gardeners.

Her slides took us round the garden through the seasons. She was able to point out original plants which had been introduced by her grandmother and described changes which had taken place over the years. The famous Kiftsgate rambling rose was the result of an order being placed for Rosa filipes which turned out to be something rather different from the plant ordered. It will grow up to 15 feet a year, and fills the surrounding trees with its clusters of white flowers in summer. Not a plant for a small courtyard garden!

The garden continues to develop. Moving into the 21st century, the old tennis court has been turned into a most modern water garden with tall, eye catching metallic leaves that glisten with water from the fountains, reflecting in the pool below.

Following her talk, Mrs Chambers answered members’ questions. She was thanked by Joanna Spark for a most fascinating evening. Those of us who have not been to Kiftsgate will now have to contain ourselves until the Spring, when the garden reopens for 2008. Bill Bond-Williams was the lucky winner of the raffle, a season ticket to Kiftsgate Court Garden kindly donated by Anne Chambers.

(From the Chipping Campden Bulletin. Included with kind permission of Jeremy Green)

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Council cash on offer to nature nurturers

Features, Places by Adam No Comments »

Cotswold Water Park deputy warden Chris WalkerSmall-scale projects to improve nature and landscape in the Cotswold Water Park still have the chance to grab cash grants of up to £500.

The grants, on offer until early 2008, are aimed at community projects which will enhance the already-thriving wildlife and landscape within the Water Park

The funding, administered by Cotswold District Council, comes from a £100,000 pot contributed by Cotswold Four Pillars Ltd as part of a planning agreement, after they were given the green light to build a hotel at Lake 6.

And several projects have already had a share of council cash, including Somerford Keynes Parish Council’s £500 project to build new nesting rafts at Coke’s Pit Local Nature Reserve.

The project will see two new rafts replace existing, run-down ones in early 2008. The rafts – located in the middle of the Coke’s Pit lake – will encourage common terns and black headed gulls, returning from a winter in Africa, to breed.

The two by one metre wooden rafts, coated with a layer of gravel, also have a small fence around them to prevent nosy swans and geese getting on board.

Other projects in line for a grant include a brand new wildlife and sensory garden at South Cerney Playgroup so that the children can enjoy wildlife on their doorstep, improving ponds for newts and dragonflies and helping to support a major project to make Lake 12 (Lakeside) better for both wildlife and people.

To be eligible, projects must help conserve and enhance the wildlife of the Water Park and/or contribute towards the park’s overall management. The deadline for groups to get their bids in is January 21st.

Cotswold District Council’s Portfolio holder for Development Service Cllr John Birch said: “This is a great opportunity for local organisations to get involved in improving and enhancing the special environment of the Water Park. Projects may range from planting a hedgerow around your school field, surveying for water voles in your parish or putting up a bat box on the village hall.”

Further information and application forms are available on the Cotswold District Council website at www.cotswold.gov.uk or from Sophia Price, Heritage and Design Manager, Cotswold District Council, Trinity Road, Cirencester GL7 1PX, telephone 01285 623000 or email sophia.price@cotswold.gov.uk

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