Dear Members

Due to the ongoing situation, and following recent Government advice, the meetings of the Society in April and May have now been cancelled. 

The visits to ‘Hazelwood’ in May and Arley Hall Garden Festival in June have also been cancelled.

The Annual Plant Sale of the Society in Chorley Town Centre planned for the 9th May will not now take place.

We will keep the situation under review and keep you informed of decisions regarding our meeting in June and future meetings.

Meanwhile we must all try to keep safe, perhaps taking advantage of some extra time in our gardens, and hopefully we will all be able to meet again later in the year.

  

Kind regards

Barbara A Joyce

Chairman

The following is a message from the RHS

 

Dear Affiliated Societies

 

The RHS is currently following government guidance and we encourage you and your colleagues to follow this. We cannot give advice ourselves but we hope the following will help in these challenging times. At present our Gardens are operating and this week we are continuing to run planned competitions and shows. However, we will continue to review our future events in light of any changing government guidance. We have taken the precaution of making more hand sanitisers available at our sites and our events are held in well ventilated buildings. A link to the government’s complete action plan document can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-action-plan. As always, we encourage you to keep yourself informed through reliable sources, including:

 

o          The NHS: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

o          Gov.uk: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

o          WHO: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

 

Kind regards

Susie Corr

Affiliated Societies & Partner Gardens

On 18th February Gordon Malt a reti red tree surgeon from Heath Garden in Shropshire gave members tips on the best way to grow and prune a variety of climbing plants. Gordon is a retired tree surgeon and describes his style as controlled relaxation. He was one of the four finalists in the Daily Mail National Gardening Competition of 2015.

 

During his talk, Gordon showed us photos of amazing structures in well- known gardens around the UK. Gordon emphasised the importance of knowing the nature of the climber, and explained how they use different ways of attaching themselves to the nearby support , such as; thorns in rambling roses , tendrils on sweet peas, turning leaf
stalks as for clematis, living roots on ivy.  He also stressed the need to ensure that many of the climbers growing close to a wall should be planted about a foot away and angled towards the support, making sure that the chosen climber enhances the wall or structure and not become almost invisible against a background of similar colour.

 

Our Chairman Barbara Joyce gave a warm welcome to all and said that the noticeboard has been updated and contains useful information and details of events that are organised for this year. Barbara asked for volunteers to say if they are willing to help in the kitchen during the coming months. Our regular volunteers will be in the kitchen and would really appreciate some help. Barbara explained to new members who may wish to sell plants at the monthly plant sale, how they should present them; there should be one label with the name of the plant and another label with your name and price. 80% of the price is given to the grower and 20% goes to the Society’s funds. All unsold plants must be collected and taken home by the grower at the end of the evening. Barbara said that Roger Whittle was in the advice corner and will be available to answer garden related questions . Leaflet s showing details of the Plant Hunters fairs are on display at the entrance.


Three trips have been arranged by the Committee, these are all subsidised by C&DGS and are: A self- drive evening visit on Thursday 24th May to Hazelwood, the Jacqueline Iddon garden (£7. 5 0 ) , a day trip coach visit to Arley Hall on Saturday 27th June (£14 ) , and a coach trip to Harrogate Autumn Show on Friday the 18th September (£24.50) . Please note – SEPARATE CHEQUES OR CASH AMOUNTS are required for the visits o Hazelwood and Arley Hall with bookings being taken at the March meeting . Booking for the Harrogate visit will be taken at the June
meeting.


At the AGM in January David R Brown came to the end of his term of office as Treasurer and we now need someone to take on the role of Treasurer . If you, or someone you know, would be interested in this role then please contact Barbara or a member of the Committee.


On the 27th February at 7 p.m. Chorley in Bloom are holding the 2019 presentation evening at Chorley Town Hall and all who have contributed in some way are welcome to attend.


David Brown (Vice Chairman) informed members that Chorley Council are holding a Grow to Show event at 6.30 p.m. on Tuesday 10th March in the Town Hall. This is an event aimed at allotment holder s and gardeners who would like to learn about showing flowers and vegetables when entering the amateur competition at
Chorley Flower Show.


June McGuire (Secretary)

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At our November meeting Iris Smith announced that Chorley in Bloom were recently presented with another Gold Award for the Small City category making it 4 years in a row.  Other awards were; a level 5 for the Community garden, a level 5 for Rookwood garden at Chorley Hospital and a Gold Award for Astley Park in the Large Parks category. 

 

She gave an update on current projects, which include the allotment and the stumpery, and said that anyone wishing to volunteer to become involved in the projects would be very welcome.