CLOWS TOP & DISTRICT GARDENING CLUB: Start making plans for the coming year ahead. Flicking through seed catalogues and making notes about changes to your garden on the plants & layout to improve to look.

If you are lucky to have workable ground you can still plant bare root roses, trees, fruit bushes and hedges.

It’s time to harvest your winter vegetables this month. If you’ve over-indulged with them over the Christmas season, use your vegetables to make wonderfully thick warm soups.

When the weather allows prune deciduous trees, shrubs and fruit trees. it must be done before the first signs of spring.

In the colder spells don’t forget our garden birds. Food is in short supply this time of the year and they need our feeding stations to survive the cold.

Garden tools are often taken for granted. Now is the time to get them cleaned, sharpened and oiled ready for use in the spring.

Gardening is one of the few hobbies that are relaxing, enjoyable and very rewarding. The club has a very friendly atmosphere, everyone is welcome. It’s a great way for exchanging gardening knowledge, learning new ways of doing things and sharing tips. Non-members welcome to any monthly meeting. The annual subscriptions are now due for the coming year, Membership £10.

The first meeting of the year will be on January 27 and the speaker for the evening will be ‘Jo Roche’ with a talk on ‘Abberley Clock Tower’.

On February 24, Nature of Wyre, Rosemary Winnel. March 23, Spring Show & Gardeners Questions with Derek Walker.

Don’t be afraid to come along, we are a garden club not a horticulture society, with a great programme of speakers as well as evening visits to local gardens.

The club meet the fourth Wednesday in the calendar month at Clows Top Victory Hall; Doors open 7.30pm, for the speaker at 8pm.

Admission Fee: Members £2 or Non-Members £4. Free Refreshments.

Further Details Telephone Marion Wilson 01299 270475.

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