21 members present. Apologies from G.Smith, W. Grauberg, R&B Dexter, G.Ward

Norman Clyde-Watson welcomed all to the meeting and gave the following Notices:

  • Geoff Smith had been admitted to hospital. The Friends send their good wishes for a speedy recovery.

  • Following complaints to Broxtowe Borough Council, the area on the Ridge used by some young cyclists had been bulldozed and the site had been left in a mess! Steve Carr and Stan Heptinstall had contacted the Technical Department for action to restore the site appropriately in keeping with its status as a Local Nature Reserve. Steve Carr attended the meeting to explain that the diggings had encroached on both City and Willoughby land and action had been necessary. It was hoped that a suitable alternative area could be found for. their activities. Steve Carr would keep us informed of progress.

Norman then introduced Guest Speaker - Stuart Dixon, who gave a superbly illustrated talk on the garden at Hebbs Farm at Stoke Bardolph where he lives. Stuart, a former lecturer at Nottingham Trent University, now lectures world-wide & his talk emphasised his passion and knowledge of the 1000+ hardy perennials in his garden. Emphasis has been placed on old varieties, many dating back to origins over 100 years ago, especially the collection of roses.

Stuart's garden will be open to the public on 2nd July between 2pm -6pm and should not be missed. It would also be a good idea to take a notebook and pen if visiting to make a note of species/varieties.

Forward Dates for your Diary

  • Sunday April 30th - 10:30am Top of Sandy Lane. Bramble thinning -Additional Path Work. Will need Spade, Secateurs and Gloves.
  • Monday May 8th - 7:30pm at The Rose Grower - NOTE: This is the 2nd Monday of the Month as the 1st Monday is the May Day Bank Holiday. Due to unforeseen circumstances the guest speaker previously advertised, Ian Letson, is unable to attend, so Bill Wheatley has kindly agreed to give a talk entitled 'Feathered Friends'.

The meeting ended at 9:00pm.

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