April is a good time to plant trees and shrubs. It’s best to plant in the autumn or now just as they are coming out of dormancy in the spring. They can be planted anytime in between but it’s often difficult if the ground is frozen.

Remove dead wood from trees and shrubs that got missed in the winter.

Check plant supports and try and keep on top of the weeding, but don’t put weeds on the compost.

At the February meeting Katherine Thornton, gave an interesting talk and power point presentation on the ‘Plight of the Bumblebee. Bumblebees are hardworking creatures but unfortunately are in decline. Luckily we gardeners are helping them by planting lots of bumblebee friendly flowers. The evening was a great success with everyone enjoying the talk.

On the evening of March 2, Bewdley hosted the Annual Inter-Club Quiz for the ‘Jim Greenhow’ Shield. There were four teams represented from Astley, Bewdley, Clows Top & Kidderminster.

Congratulations were given to the Astley team for winning the shield with a brilliant performance.

The club has a great programme of speakers as well as evening visits to local gardens. The Garden Club has a very friendly atmosphere, everyone is welcome.

Don’t be afraid to come along, we are a garden club not a horticulture society, the membership is only £10pa.

However, Non-members are welcome to any monthly meeting.

The next meeting will be on April 22 and the speaker for the evening will be ‘Richard & Lesley Betts’ with a talk entitled ‘Travels with Elanar Photographers’.

Diary Dates: May 16, plant sale & coffee morning, 10-12pm; May 27, Digging For Fun, Leigh Griffiths; June 24, Rose & Sweet Pea Show, Trees & Things, Paul of LP Landscapes. The club meets the fourthWednesday in the calendar month at Clows Top Victory Hall; Doors open 7.30pm, for the speaker at 8pm.

Admission Fee: Members £2 or nonmembers £4. Free refreshments.

Further Details Telephone Marion Wilson 01299 270475.