Christmas trees

Annual Presentations, AGM, talk on Christmas trees by Trevor Oram

The evening commenced with the presentation of the awards from the Summer Show. There was a very good attendance with only 3 apologies. This was followed by the AGM in which our president Mr John Thomsom, thanked everybody for their help over the year particularly with the shows, he also thanked the committee for their input over the year and as there have been some resignations he stressed how important it was to fill the vacancies. John Davis, our chairman then gave a resume of the years events reminded by the members of the Open Gardens and annual outing to Kings Seeds and Green Island Gardens. He also emphasized the necessity of filling the vacancies on the committee, as without a committee there can be no club. Our secretary then gave the treasurers report as the treasurer was absent, and present members willing to stand again were voted on.

Then followed a very interesting talk by Trevor Oram owner of Wrentham Christmas Trees. He gave a brief history saying that the selling of Christmas trees from his farm goes back 55 years and it was dig your own but after so many broken spades this practice stopped. There was a 3 year break because the price of fuel went up to £1 a gallon and it was thought people would not use their cars! Four different varieties are grown today, Norway Spruce, Nordmann Fir, Serbian Fir and Blue Spruce. Nordmann Fir Trees are imported from Georgia where they are grown from seed and all imperfections are removed, and the little trees are undercut to avoid a long tap root. They stay in refrigeration before export and are planted here in September.

Other trees are planted January and February, 5,500 trees on site. They are planted in a staggered fashion to avoid them touching each other and can take 9 years to reach maturity. Each tree has to be pruned to shape, and Aphids are a big problem which requires spraying as they spread viruses. They also require fertilizer NPK and Sulphur which enables the tree to take up nutrients from the soil. All the work is done by hand including the tree planting, this in order to ensure the roots are straight when planted. It was found that by tying a ribbon to trees attracted birds who would eat the Aphids, clover is also planted between the rows which attracts the bees.

A good piece of information when buying a tree, tap it on the ground to see if any needles fall off, if they do this indicates that the tree as been dug up for some time. Also when removing the tree from the house when it has finished. wrap it in a dust sheet thus preventing needles all over the house.

Thanks to a young recruit with modern ideas Wrentham Christmas trees now have a Facebook page and a Website and have diversified into growing Pumpkins as well as Trees, which proved to be very successful. Trevor said he likes to make buying of the Christmas Tree an enjoyable experience as it is the first thing we do for Christmas.

Such an enjoyable talk and so much more to the growing of Christmas Trees then we would have believed.

PHOTO BY: Lindsey Erin (Unsplash)
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News & Updates

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more information re coach trip.

The first pick up point will now be the bus stop opposite St Benedicts Church on the corner of Hollingsworth Road. Parking permitted at the church.

Just to be clear and to avoid any confusion, Apart from tea and cake at Rosemary, we pay for all other refreshments (coffee at Place for Plants and lunch at Flatford). Outstanding coach costs and parking will be subsidised by the club. All friends have a seat on the coach.

Coach trip to East Bergholt.

Can all monies for the coach trip pleased be paid either at the March meeting or Wednesday 20th of April meeting. Just a reminder , all cheques to be made payable to Oulton Broad & Lowestoft Horticultural Society. Following payment your name will marked as paid.

Payment for garden trip on Saturday June 11th.

Please make all cheques, £25, for the trip payable to Oulton Broad & Lowestoft Horticultural Society. Changing details such as the name of the club with the bank is somewhat problematical.

Garden Trip

We are planning a trip by coach to East Bergholt for club members although non members may come if there is spare room on the coach. The trip will take place on Saturday 11th of June 2022 and we plan to go to Place for Plants for a visit to their garden along with coffee and a chance to buy some plants. This will be followed by a visit to Flatford for lunch and a stroll or just chilling out. At 2pm we will be visiting the Garden of Mrs Natalie Finch, called Rosemary, the garden appeared on Gardeners World back in 1997. Here we will have tea, and a tour of the garden and all the wonderful roses leaving for home at 4pm.

The cost of the trip is £25 which includes cost of the gardens and tea at Rosemary, all other costs will be subsidised by the club. Contact me using the form provided in ‘get in touch’. The deadline for replies is the 7th March. Pick up’s will be Yarmouth Rd, opposite Gunton St Peter’s Ave, 8.45am and the Co-op at Ashburnham rd, 9am arriving about 10.30am.

Book Table

We have had a large donation of Gardening books, so we have decided to have a book table at our meetings where members can purchase  a book for a donation to the club.

Changes to membership fees

It has been agreed by both the members and the committee that the membership fee will increase to £10 per annum, In order to get good speakers we need to increase our income, speakers costs have also increased as have their travelling costs. The entrance fee will remain at £1.00 with first time guest free of charge.