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

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New Year, New Webmaster

We would like to say a big thank you to Sheila who has done an amazing job keeping our website up to date in the past eighteen months.  We wish her well as she moves on to pastures new.  From January this year Debbie will be taking on the role as Webmaster.  For website queries please get in touch with her through the contact form on our Get In Touch page.


It is with great sadness that one of our staunchest members have died. Our sympathies go to his family and partner Marion.

Allotment Sharing

One of our members has 2 large allotments at St Margaret Road site in Lowestoft which he shared with his late mother and her partner. He has tried to keep them going but is finding it difficult on his own. He finds gardening very therapeutic and having suffered from cancer himself he wondered if other members who have had similar experiences could join him on his allotments where they could share experiences and socialise together. Without a team to help him he will have to give up the allotments but feels it would be beneficial to all concerned to work together. For more information please complete the contact form.

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.