On a very cold February evening many stalwart members gathered in the village hall for the AGM. All went well although there was not a mass rush of volunteers for new committee members but luckily the standing committee agreed to work for another year but changes are coming.

Linda Eggins give an insight into the work of the ‘National Council for the Conservation of Plants and Gardens’ or as it is now known - ‘Plant Heritage’.

Many had not been aware of their work and found it very interesting to hear of these dedicated and keen plantspeople who spend their time and experience to save and propagate endangered species.

An announcement was made that Dial Park Gardens in Chaddesley Corbett will be open to view the snowdrops and winter flowers to raise money for the NGS, all welcome at any time call Olive Mason on 01562 777415.

On March 12 there will be a return visit from Roger Umpleby with his presentation of the ‘Useful, beautiful but unloved’.

An alternative look at ‘weeds’. April 9 meeting welcomes allotment owner Mick Poultney who will talk on ‘Raised beds and no dig gardening’. It will also be of interest to vegetable gardeners. The 2014 programme will be available at the next meeting and we are already taking names for the summer outings. Late spring to Dorothy Cline Gardens and Woolaton Old Hall and in August to Powys Castle. Visitors welcome. For information contact Jean Smith on 01527 861437.

If you are dividing plants don’t forget to pot some up for the Trade Stand. A busy month for seed planting and one feels the stir of excitement as spring tickles your fancy. Get cracking that’s of course if the rain and flooding ever stops.

The next meeting will be at Chaddesley Corbett Village Hall 7.30 for 8pm on March 12 for coffee and a chat.