The Living Woodland

A photographic view of life in a woodland by Tony Brown

Tony Brown gave us a pictorial view of the living woodland starting with the Spring when we have a sudden burst of lovely spring flowers . Starting with the snowdrops beautiful when viewed up close, followed by wild daffodils, primroses and bluebells, not forgetting the lovely sight of wood anemones carpeting the woodland floor and we are lucky enough to have all these flowers in woodland nearby. Tony reminded us not to dig up wild plants as it not only depletes the woodland but they do not survive for long out of their habitat. Butterflies also emerge, Brimstone, orange tip, comma and peacock. Migratory birds arrive firstly the chiff chaff followed by the black cap, white throat, cuckoo and night jar. Possibly a turtle dove can be heard but they are a declining species. Summer is a time of plenty and the woodland abounds with insects, and the trees are in full leaf and flowers. Plenty of food for the birds and their fledglings, tawny owls busy hunting all the small mammals such as voles and shrews. More butterflies some such as the purple emperor living at the top of the trees. Autumn when the weather gets cooler and the trees shed there seeds providing food for birds and mammals and also the time for fungi, the lifeblood of the woodland, and all different colours, shapes and sizes. As the days get shorter and cooler the leaves change colour, from green to reds and orange and yellow, an annual spectacle, these fall to the ground and some animals prepare to hibernate. Winter though if we have snow can be very beautiful is also a very hard time for the birds and Tony said how important it is that we feed our birds in the winter time. Beautiful photographs taken by Tony and such a fascinating subject.

PHOTO BY: Sheila Pettett
Gardening Club in Lowestoft

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.