Having resisted all week, we're verging on having to put our heating on, the summer has really gone now. But I love Autumn, with its crispness and the colours in the garden, and I'm really enjoying the cyclamen putting out their optimistic purple in the face of the dropping temperatures. And of course, the calendar ticking over to October means that we are only a fortnight away from AutumnFest! We're delighted with how well the tickets are going, one of the foraging events is sold out already, and the second has only a few places left. There are still some tickets for the other events, but as they are strictly limited in numbers then please don't wait till the last minute to book, we don't want you to be disappointed. The latest Fest news is that both the pubs are getting involved, with the Cricketers offering a special autumnal cocktail for the duration of the festival, and the Horseshoes offering take away afternoon teas. All the details are on the website - www.seergreengardeners.org
You may remember that in the Spring we offered the children of the village a free Busy Lizzie plug plant. Some of these have been nurtured with loving care, and have produced fantastic blooms. Thanks to the families who who sent us in the proof of their youngsters' green fingers. Below are photos of Mary, Lewis, Isla, Olivia and Emily with their beautiful plants. Well done to all of you, there will be a little something heading your way as a congratulation from all of the Gardeners' committee.
And finally, please bear in mind the community Bring and Buy sale in aid of One Can on Sunday 17th October. We'll be looking for donations of all sorts - home made jam, cakes, chutney, maybe home grown vegetables, perhaps craft work? Now the weather's changing, maybe you could spend a little time indoors making something to bring along! We hope that we can get together a brilliant collection which can be sold off to raise money for those in our community who need to use the food bank.
Many thanks for your continued support of the Gardeners' work.
We've just spent a great afternoon at the Cricketers running the Spud in a Bucket competition. Lots of people had put in lots of effort to grow their spuds, and it was great to be part of this traditional village event in real life again. Thanks to everyone who came along, and congratulations to Jill Moody for the most impressive haul of winning potatoes!
If you live in the village, hopefully you will have seen the Autumn Fest flyer that should have been delivered at some point over the weekend. I hope you're excited about the different events that we have organised. As members of the Gardeners' mailing list, I wanted to give you a reminder the night before the ticket sales open, to give you every chance to book onto the live events, as the ticket numbers are really limited. So if you'd like to secure your place, log on to www.seergreengardeners.org at 9am tomorrow morning!
Looking forward to seeing you there.
The glorious Bank Holiday weekend that we always hope for turned out to be what we normally receive instead, didn't it? But even though we're in that 'end of the holidays' frame of mind, there are exciting things to look forward to coming from the Gardeners.
You will remember that the committee decided to not hold the Autumn show in its normal format this year, because of the uncertainty over Covid. Instead, we are running Autumn Fest between the 15th and 17th October. We are very pleased with the offering we've put together for you, building on the events that were especially well received from Spring Fest, but also adding in something new. Following the huge popularity of the birdwatching walks in the spring, Richard Tomlin has kindly offered to run two more, this time in Little Marlow. Rachel Gibson has also very kindly agreed to run another flower arranging session, this time with an autumn theme. We had to run this via Zoom in the Spring, but this time it will be in real life! One of the very popular speakers at Spring Fest was Timothy Walker. His two talks were extremely well attended, and we are delighted that he has agreed to give another talk which touches on what plants can do for us, but also very importantly (in light of the recent report on global warming), what we can do for plants. This will be by Zoom, and will start with the now traditional cocktail making to get us into the spirit of the festival.
But we have brand new offerings for you too! Having spent a morning on a foraging course a year ago, I was very keen that the Gardeners were able to bring this to you as part of Autumn Fest. I'm delighted to say that Jesper Launder, a resident of Jordans, has agreed to run three foraging walks in Hodgemoor as part of the Festival. And we will be building on the success of the Bring and Take plant sale by widening it to garden and domestic produce of all sorts to raise money for the One Can charity that supports those who need food in our area. We are hoping that you might put aside a spare jar of jam, perhaps some squashes or courgettes that are still going strong, perhaps bake a cake, or create something else lovely, and bring it along to the Baptist Church to form the produce for a village sale. Hopefully there will be some appetising produce on sale that you can then buy and enjoy at home whilst helping those who are not as lucky.
You might be thinking that perhaps you won't be able to remember all the detail of this email by the 15th October! But fear not, if you live in the village then you will receive a flyer with all the information you need at some point over the next couple of weeks. Keep it somewhere visible, as a reminder of the activities we've been designing for the village. All of the events apart from the produce sale will need to be booked in advance, with most activities having limited numbers available, and all information will be on the website. We will open the bookings once the flyers have been delivered.
And as you will remember from my previous posts, the Spud in a Bucket competition is now on Sunday 12th September at 5pm in the Jolly Cricketers. If you entered, you should have had an email about this already. We look forward to seeing you there to see if your entry is award winning, or just small fries.....
As I write this, the sun is streaming in through the window and I'm enjoying looking at our garden in full July glory. We are also anticipating the reduction of the remaining Covid restrictions on Monday. However, coupled with these we are sadly seeing an escalation in cases, and the news tells us that the government is not ruling out a new lockdown in some form at the beginning of the autumn. The uncertainty is far from over. Therefore the committee has decided that we will not be holding our Autumn show in September this year. We don't want to set it all up and get people involved, just to cancel nearer the time. Hopefully September 2022 will see a full return to normal. We have also decided to have a year off running the Scarecrow competition. In the last couple of years it's been increasingly difficult to get people to sign up, so we think that maybe it would be a good idea to give ourselves a break from it, and maybe return to it next year.
Not running these stalwart events from the Gardeners' calendar is not a decision we took easily. But instead we have decided to use the change as an opportunity to create other ways to celebrate our community, gardening and the natural world. So we are planning to run an Autumn Fest on the weekend of the 15th to 17th October instead. This will be along the same lines as Spring Fest, which was such a success. We hope to have a mixture again of live events (hopefully more than we were able to manage for Spring Fest) with some online activities as well. Further information will follow in September, please put the dates in your diaries now. And of course the Spud in a Bucket weigh in will still be going ahead on the 12th September, I hope that your spuds have been getting the attention they need to be the winners! If mine are anything like the potatoes we planted out in the garden this year then I'm not optimistic.....We hope also that the children who have been growing Busy Lizzies have been getting pleasure from seeing their plants thrive under their care.
You might have noticed that the wildflower beds at the three entrances to the village are really coming into their own now, with the beds at the station catching up fast. Although we used exactly the same seed mix for each, they are exhibiting in very different ways, demonstrating the differences in soil and light at the three locations. I am so delighted that the hard work that the committee did in preparing and planting the beds is coming to fruition so successfully. There are still many weeks of flowering left in them, we hope, to continue to raise the spirits.
Have a great summer.
Thanks to the generosity of those who came along with plants to share, the Bring and Take aspect of the plant sale raised £300 for the Thames Valley Air Ambulance. And the very successful bird watching walks from Spring Fest were reprised very kindly by Richard Tomlin, and the donations in gratitude for these wonderful experiences have raised £75 for the local Wildlife Trust. This brings to almost £800 raised for charity by the Gardeners this year alone, we're delighted!
The next month or two are habitually quieter ones in the Gardeners' calendar, whilst we enjoy the (hopefully) sunnier weather in our own gardens. But rest assured that we have plans for the autumn, and will let you know what they are closer to the time.
I've been sent a request by Holy Trinity Church to see if there is anyone amongst the Gardeners' email list who would like to get involved with a project to look at the diversity of species in the churchyard. Their message is below:
This year, June 5 to 13 is the national ‘Churches Count on Nature’ wildlife survey. You are invited to come and visit Holy Trinity churchyard any time that week, bring your camera, field guide or phone app, and see how many plants and creatures you can spot and identify. You can then email your findings to email@example.com
We’ll then collate all your discoveries and upload them to the national Caring for God’s Acre survey site, and all data will later be freely available via the National Biodiversity Network Atlas. The NBN Atlas doesn't have any entries for Holy Trinity yet, and we want to change that, with your help.
More information can be found on Holy Trinity’s homepage - Holy Trinity Seer Green & Jordans (seergreenandjordanscofe.org)
More Information on the Churches Count on Nature
Plants and Wildlife in the Seer Green churchyard
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Wishing you happy times outside, whether in your gardens or in the countryside this summer.
After weeks of planning, we are delighted to let you know that SG SpringFest is now live, ready for you to sign up to one, some, or maybe even all of the events that we have on offer. We have tried very hard as a committee to provide something for everyone. On Zoom there are talks and demonstrations on all sorts of topics provided by local experts, from sushi to vegetable growing, bees to cocktails, together with flower arranging and a three course meal! We also have two fascinating talks from Timothy Walker, who used to run the Botanic Gardens in Oxford. We have live evening bird spotting walks, and two magical dawn chorus adventures. We have an experienced market gardener bringing young plants for summer colour for sale, and of course the Front Gardens Trail, at which we hope that you will enjoy walking round our wonderful village and chatting to your neighbours. And then you can finish the weekend off with a delicious afternoon tea.
And there's activities for the youngsters too - they might well be interested in many of the Zoom talks, and if they want to get outside we will be providing a treasure hunt, for which the prizes are seeds that they can use to develop their own love of gardening. And there are free plug plants for them to nurture too.
All the details and most of the events are now live to book on the website (www.seergreengardeners.org), and we have worked very hard to ensure that everything is free! Many thanks to Jordans Environment Trust for helping us reach this goal. I really hope that you enjoy the festival, please pass the details on to your friends!
The sun is shining and the daffodils are brightening up our gardens, there is a definite feeling of spring in the air today. So I thought I would touch base with everyone to let you know about what the Gardeners have been up to over the last weeks, give you a sneak preview of our plans for the Spring, and ask whether you would like to be involved!
The Virtual village supper was a huge success. Many thanks to everyone who came, and particularly to the committee of the society for their unstinting efforts to create an evening to remember, even though it had to be on Zoom. We raised over £1000, which will be used to support the work we do in the village, and possibly will go towards other good causes too.
You may have noticed that there has been a lot of work going on recently at the three entrances to the village. Along with a team paid for by a Bucks Council grant, we have been preparing the sites for 3 large wildflower patches. The Bottom Lane site which was so successful last year has had to be completely dug again because of an influx of perennial weeds last year. This is now fully prepared to be sown at the end of the month. The Bayne Hill site has had an initial clearing, and will be worked on a couple more times to dislodge the brambles and other weeds. And at Chalfont Road we are removing the turfs ready for that area to be rotovated too. Hopefully this hard work will result in three amazing wildflower patches that will give as much pleasure as last year.
Looking to next month, we are delighted to announce a new initiative, and we would love to have the village get behind us. Because of ongoing Covid restrictions we are unable to hold our popular Spring Show, so instead we are planning the SG SpringFest, a 4-day programme to celebrate everything we most love about spring, with a series of different events, both live and online between Thursday 22 and Sunday 25 April. More details to follow soon!
The culmination of SpringFest will be a Front Gardens Trail on the afternoon of Sunday 25 April.
We are inviting you to show off your front garden as part of the trail. Your garden will need to be easily seen from the path, pavement or road. We would simply ask you to be available from 2 to 4 pm to greet people and answer any questions. Your garden need not be a horticultural masterpiece, we'd love as many people as possible to take part. You could simply show off your spring bulbs and blossom or plant up some pots for the whole community to enjoy. We are planning to organise this in a Covid secure way, so people will not be allowed to enter your garden and everyone will be asked to respect the Covid guidelines.
We also thought it would be a great opportunity for the artistic members of our village to show off what they might have been doing during lockdown! So we are also encouraging artists, craft makers and anyone creative to display their work in their front garden, or to make something special to display. This could range from wood carving to fine art, or be something much more low key, everything is welcome. In the same way as the Village Advent calendar, we would like lots of people to be involved to make this a celebration both of our lovely village and of the gradual release from lockdown.
If you would like your front garden to be included please click here to register by 10 April.
If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call me on 07759841205
We're looking forward to hearing from you!
I’m so delighted to be able to give you some more information about the Virtual Village Supper next month on Friday February 26th at 7.30pm. We have been working hard to create an event that will give us all some fun and entertainment in these challenging times. There’ll be a quiz, some handy gardening tips, a chance to see your friends and neighbours on screen, and some fun surprises. And on top of that we have food provided by the Cricketers and a chance to make your own curated cocktail! We really hope that the village and the wider community are going to come along and support it, so that in turn we can continue supporting the activities that the Gardeners’ do across the village throughout the year.
To take part, you will need to pre-book on Eventbrite here. Tickets are by donation, with a suggested minimum of £5 per person. You can then order a delicious 2 x course meal from The Jolly Cricketers to be collected on the day and heated at home, or you can tuck into your own food. There are a limited number of meals available from the Cricketers, so early booking is advised.
The idea is that we all enjoy a welcome drink and eat our meal together. You will receive further details about food and drink options when you get your ticket confirmation. Make sure you scroll to the bottom of that email, there’s information there that’s easily missed!
Despite the pandemic we can still come together for this unique occasion to support one another and celebrate the wonderful community spirit in Seer Green, so please spread the word and invite your family, neighbours and friends.
If you need any further information, just get in touch with me on 07759 841205, or email@example.com
I look forward to seeing you there!
What a year. As we enter this next very difficult couple of months, I have been looking for signs of hope. Obviously the vaccine roll out is the most significant, and we are all looking forward to that glorious time when we can be together in person again. But in the garden there are also signs; the shrubs are budding, the bulbs are valiantly shooting through the frozen ground, the hellebores are beginning to flower. Watching these annual signs of optimism is comforting to me, and I’m sure many of you too.
The Gardeners’ committee have been thinking hard about the way that at least the first part of the year is going to look in terms of events. We have decided that we will not be running the Village Supper or the Spring Show as normal – there are too many uncertainties, and we don’t want to embark on planning an event which then has to be cancelled. However, that doesn’t mean that we won’t be doing anything! Please put a date in your diary for the virtual Village Supper on Friday February 26th. We are delighted to announce that Amanda and Chris at the Jolly Cricketers have said that they will be supporting us once again, but this time for you to eat their food in the comfort of your own home. We also plan to have various entertainments for you, it will be a chance to come together with your friends as part of the village community, or just come along on your own and make friends! More details to follow next week.
And although the Spring Show will not be going ahead in the normal way, instead we are going to run Seer Green Spring Fest! We are planning a series of events, some live, some on Zoom during the period 22nd to the 25th April. This is going to be a really exciting new venture, and something that I hope the village will get behind and enjoy. Again, more details to follow.
Finally, can I thank you for all of your support over this most difficult of times. Let’s think about those signs of hope in the garden and pin our own to those. Wishing you a very happy New Year from everyone in the Gardeners’ committee.