Bridport Gardening Club

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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Outing to Hillier Gardens In October 2023

A breezy and cold autumn morning with sun peeking through clouds as we made way for the openair dairy to cross our road.  From medieval times the gardens consisted of woodland and grassland, known as the Manor of Romsey Extra. In 1724 a farmer ‘Jarman’ is mentioned as taking land as a back yard of a house, perhaps the origin of ‘Jermyn’s House’. After being used as a smallpox hospital in the 18th century, by 1830 it had been extensively[…]

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Outing to Antony House in September 2023

Devon, better known for its cream teas has orange elephants, a nickname for South Devon cattle, which may account for the bright orange elephant (African type) looking over a hedge with an ice cream cornet: clever advertising by an ice cream company.  Into Cornwall and crossing the Tamar by ferry with only a short drive past multicoloured Cornish stone walls and Scots pines to Antony House.    The house built in 1721 replaced previous properties securing the Lynher estuary for[…]

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Bridport Tree Planting October Newsletter

It’s four years since we started and this is our 24th Newsletter. This issue contains news about what free trees are on offer this winter to householders in and around Bridport. New – some half-standard fruit trees, coming in December and free if you apply and are a lucky winner. New – news about the planting of a community orchard in town. New – news about the great Big Dorset Hedge Project. Bridport Tree Planting October 2023 Newsletter

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July visit to Tyntesfield

Tyntesfield, is one of those National Trust properties that provide an excellent day’s visit. The Victorian Gothic mansion retains the feel of a country estate with its magnificent reception rooms and (always fascinating) kitchen. It also houses an ornately decorated chapel. Extensive tree planting now provides a framework of mature trees both native and exotic. The walled garden for cut flowers, fruit and vegetables is located some distance from the mansion. With its working greenhouses, potting sheds and tool sheds[…]

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June visit to RHS Wisley

Outings during 2023 have been very well attended and often oversubscribed. As you will know we were looking for one or more people to take on this role for next year, so we are pleased to report that Gordon and Vivienne Smith are volunteering time and expertise to help Sibyl and me with next year’s outings. It means we will be able to organise the usual number of visits in the summer months.  An early start from Bridport for the[…]

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Bulb Planting in Bridport

In early October 2023 members undertook a busy week of bulb planting. Groves have again generously provided 1,200 daffodils at wholesale cost which we have donated and distributed to local community groups to plant in the Millennium Green, Wellfield, Conyger Road/Victoria Way, the town planters and another circle of spring gold around ‘The Pod’ in Riverside Gardens to join those planted last year. Thanks to David Dixon and the Outdoor team from BTC who organised site preparation and to The[…]

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