Bridport Gardening Club

Visit to Castle Hill Gardens, Filleigh, Devon

Castle Hill situated above the Bray River plain, with daffodil sprigged drive and ornamental stone bridge were built for horse and carriage rather than coach, still retains its iron estate railings from WWII demise.  The country mansion’s stateliness is enhanced by hill top trees above and below the formal terraced lawns with garden statutory, as well as the follies and ornamental plantations on the surrounding hillsides.   In full bloom camelias, magnolias and a large rhododendron grove lend warmth and soften[…]

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A Sprinkle of Swift stardust at Spring Show

Our Gardening Club Spring Show was a brilliant affair. The show, held on Saturday 23rd March, was well attended, demonstrating that the recent wet weather doesn’t deter the gardening community from displaying the best from their gardens and allotments. With over 50 entrants in the Hall showing spring flowers, pot plants, cakes, jams through to photography, paintings and artworks. Members had been told days before that a special guest would be handing out the prizes and there was a definite[…]

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A new Outings Co-Ordinator Needed

Our Outings play an important and vital part in the activities of the club. They enhance the enjoyment of membership; gives members an opportunity to meet socially with like-minded people; and builds on our experience of gardens and gardening. Sibyl has been organising Club outings for the past six years. She has now taken on the position as Secretary so needs to handover to someone new. The Outings Coordinator job description is posted below. Please consider carefully whether you will[…]

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In Memory of Jessie Barrett

Jessie Barrett was a legendary figure in the Gardening Club serving in various significant capacities on the committee for 38, yes, thirty-eight years. During her long life she left Loders only briefly to take a secretarial course in Exeter which equipped her for a career at Gundry where she coordinated the outworkers from surrounding villages. Members will have been sad to hear of the death of Jessie Barrett on February 3rd at the age of 92. Jessie became secretary of[…]

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Bridport Tree Planting – February 2024 Newsletter

Bridport Tree Planting have the following trees to give away. Three per household. Look at the list, choose three then email your choice to (see email address in the attached Newsletter below) and they’ll reserve them and tell you how to collect on Saturday February 17th from 11 am to noon at Riverside Gardens. Please place your order by Thursday 15th as stocks of some are running low.oakashdowny birch (most at 4 ft)crab-applehawthornblackthorndogwoodeldersilver birchwild cherryrowanhazelgoat willowdog roseholly

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Bridport Christmas Tree Festival 2023

Pam Cant and fellow creative members of the Gardening Club were once again lucky enough to be allocated a tree to decorate at the United Church Christmas Tree Festival. The theme was “Creatures You Might Find Hiding in Your Garden“. It was a magnificent display with a wide variety of creatures including ladybirds, hedgehogs, birds and insects. They raised £50 to donate to the Perennial Charity who help horticulturists in need.  Sadly Pam has decided to step down as the coordinator[…]

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Bridport Tree Planting December Newsletter

Here is our December newsletter, with items about a new planting in Asker Meadows; the progress of West Dorset Wilding; coppicing and hedge-planting days; what children at five local schools have been learning, and more. At the back there is a comment about the free tree offer. Which says: There has been a slight delay in Bridport Tree Planting being able to collect the fruit trees we are buying from Adam’s Apples in Devon – because of very wet autumn[…]

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