Little Waltham Gardening Club

Dear Members (and other gardeners)

Little Waltham Gardening Club is looking forward to welcoming everyone who has an interest in growing plants to its new programme of events for 2023.

Best wishes Margaret Williams (Hon. Sec and Chair)**

Little Waltham Gardening Club – report on November meeting 

Our Speaker for the November meeting was Sylvia Jiggins, warden of the Phyllis Currie Nature Reserve, Great Leighs.

Initially Sylvia, who has been warden since 2003, was faced with a most unpromising area of land to transform into a nature rich reserve. There was a plantation of of closely planted pines, a steep sided overgrown pond and a meadow of Italian ryegrass.

Sylvia and her volunteers approached each area with enthusiasm, determination and sheer hard work to produce the diverse, nature rich reserve that is there today.

Many of the pines were felled and native tree species planted in the spaces.

The pond is now a picturesque lake, abounding with fish and waterfowl. From the lakeside hide, king fishers can be spotted and reed warblers in the nearby reed beds.

The meadow is now rich in wildflowers such as cowslips and green winged orchids in season

The board walks enable wheelchair users a little ones in buggies to enjoy the treasures of this jewel of a nature reserve. Well worth a visit. No matter what time of year.

  The December meeting is the Christmas social (Members only) on December 6th at 7.30pm


**General Club Information**

The Club was formed in 1983 with the object of providing members with the opportunity to meet and discuss items of gardening interest. (Club History)

Members enjoy free entry to all 7 evening meetings. In April we hold our Spring Show   and garden visits are arranged for the summer months.

Members also enjoy the opportunity to purchase seeds and horticultural sundries from a well known seed catalogue up to 50% discount.

We are a friendly bunch of amateurs who are always learning about gardening in all its forms. Whether you have a window box or a vast area of land, please come and join us and share our passion.

Meetings held on 1st Wednesday of the Month at 7.30pm (Doors open 7pm)

Venue – Little Waltham Memorial Hall CM3 3LN (Opposite LW Doctors’ Surgery)    Car Park at rear of Hall

Contact Margaret Williams 01245 360042                                                                                          info@littlewalthamgardeningclub.co.uk

Annual subscriptions  from March 2023  £10.00

Visitors £3 per visit