The Society Visit to The National Trust's Bodnant Gardens, Conwy

June 23, 2019
The Society visited Bodnant Gardens this week.  After all the days of heavy rain, the sun shone and the gardens were glorious.The garden design and the planting are outstanding and rewarded us with herbaceous beds packed with texture, scent and riotous colour, all against the backdrop of the beautiful Conwy Hills.  Bodnant never disappoints - it was fabulous!
 

Our Show Garden at RHS Tatton

May 5, 2019
We can now confirm that we are taking a show garden to RHS Tatton in July 2019.  The title is "The Constant Food Garden'. The ethos is a sustainable, perennial vegetable garden that anyone can grow.  It is an exciting opportunity for the Society to have a presence at such a prestigious event.  The Society will be generously sponsored by Cronton Garden Centre for this event. If you wish to get involved please contact us via our email address or speak to a committee member.
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Vist to RHS Harlow Carr

May 5, 2019
The Society had a wonderful trip to RHS Harlow Carr this week.  The weather was kind to us and the rain held off.

The gardens are beautiful, see photographs in our Gallery, particularly the tulips this year. As we were east of the Pennines the planting still had an early spring look to it, but the potential for a magnificent show as the weather warms was clearly apparent. 
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Melanie Lathom of Holly Cottage Preserves

April 16, 2019
Melanie gave us a very entertaining demonstration of preparation of preserves at our Social Event on 11 April.  The evening was thoroughly enjoyed by all. Melanie has kindly agreed to join us at our Annual show on 8th September where she will be selling her delicious jams, chutneys, and marmalades.
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Whitegate Daffodil Walk

April 1, 2019
Members spent a very enjoyable morning at the Whitegate Farm Daffodil Walk on 30 March. Followed by an excellent lunch at the Plough Inn Whitegate.
All funds raised at the walks event goes to Macmillan Cancer Support.  To date the event has raised more than £57,000 since 2007.
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Schools Update

April 1, 2019
March has been a busy month for the schools our members are working with.  We have helped by planting over 200 trees in conjunction with Mersey Forest at Spinney Avenue Primary School and with the Woodland Trust at Saint Peter and Paul's College.
At Spinney Avenue we have continued to clear the raised beds and plant vegetables.
Saint Peter and Paul pupils completed a model of their garden for RHS Tatton this summer.  They successfully presented the model to RHS and other competing schools at th...
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Spinney Avenue C of E School, Widnes

March 14, 2019
During the past six months we have supported Spinney Avenue C of E School in revitalising their school garden.  A combined effort of parents, teachers, families of pupils and volunteers from our Society, worked one morning during the October half term to clear the garden of its weeds and rubbish. The result has been very encouraging, and we have now over the past weeks been able to help with the planting of a variety of vegetables.  There are plans to sow wild flower seeds, and with the help ...
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Unusual Flora and Fauna Activity in mild February Weather

March 6, 2019
Oliver Clay of the Runcorn and Widnes Weekly News is interested in writing an article on whether or not any members have observed unusual flora or fauna activity during the mild February weather.  If you would like to assist him with this project please contact him at :
Tel: 0151 422 3564
Mobile: 07796 940 763
Twitter: @OliverClayRWWN
https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/all-about/runcorn-widnes

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Halton Haven Hospice

February 28, 2019
Thank you to all who donated pots for planting bulbs to help raise funds for the Hospice.  Pots are now being distributed to the Hospice shops for sale.
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Saints Peter and Paul Catholic College RHS Update

February 28, 2019
Society Members supported the College students in 2018 as they prepared their garden for the RHS Show at Tatton Park. The College have been accepted for the Show again this year.  Their topic this year is the Meadow Brown Butterfly. Designing the garden begins in earnest this week to build a scale model of the garden and to select the plants to grow. The Society have offered their help again this year. We will update members as the design develops.
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