Evesham & District

Gardens & Country

Due to the latest advice regarding the Covid-19 virus all activities involving social contact are suspended until further notice

When we resume, our events will be summarised in the Dates for your Diary table at the bottom of this page

Please read the "New ideas" section where we shall try to suggest other activities not requiring direct social contact

The U3A have asked that members heed the government advice concerning the "Covid-19 virus" which appears on government and NHS websites.
If you need help at this time please contact me or any of the U3A committee and we will try to assist.

New group members are very welcome, just email us using the pigeon.
There is no annual group fee, just bring your U3A card and pay for each event attended.
Chas Bryer (Group Leader), Betty Ballard (Co-Leader/Treasurer)

New ideas

In view of the current situation, we want to find new ways of keeping in touch and sharing information whilst maintaining social distancing. As a substitute for the monthly summer visits that have been postponed, this webpage will suggest videos relating to gardens, or countries, that you might want to view on your computer, laptop or TV. My first suggestions are:

1. Click on BBC iPlayer and search for "Around the World in 80 Gardens".
Ten programs, each around 1 hour in length, presented by Monty Don.
Also on iPlayer for a limited time, The A to Z of TV Programmes has a program about the gardens of Buckingham Palace.

2. A Youtube video showing the best places to see Japan's Top 10 Cherry Blossom Spots. Click on Cherry Blossom.

3. Just provided by Travelzoo, a collection of videos showing the best National Parks in the USA. Click on USA Parks and then select "Take the whole tour here" for the National Park that you want to see.

Please let me know if any of the links stop working. All valid on 25/3/20. More videos will be added over time. Please return to the webpage to check.
Most videos will be enhanced if you can display on a larger TV screen. There are multiple ways of achieving this depending on your equipment.

I am pleased to say that a small number of people have provisionally volunteered to assist in the running of this group. If you wish to be involved please let me know. I will contact people individually in due course. I hope the volunteers will be able to hold video conference calls until the current restrictions on social contact are relaxed. This idea is currently in work.

One recommendation for those of you who want to buy plants: mail order firms are still operating. A member has pointed out that the Radio Times is offering free delivery of some plants next week. Click on this link http://radiotimes.com/perennials and quote RT20MAR.

Summer Garden Visits 2020

The garden visits scheduled for April, May and June have been cancelled or postponed to 2021 due to the Covid-19 virus.
A decision on the remaining visits will be taken at a later date. An email will be sent to all members as the situation develops.

When the program restarts it will be administered differently to previous years.
Details of each garden will be posted on this webpage (see the "Dates for your Diary" at bottom of the page) and every member will be sent an invitation email in the weeks prior to the visit. If you want to go please reply to the invitation email stating you are expecting to attend. This will let us tell the garden owner approximately how many will attend. Also, unless stated otherwise on the invitation email, payment will be made directly to the garden owner by each member visiting. If you have special dietary requirements for refreshments please indicate on your reply and we will forward to the owner of the property. We cannot guarantee that all requirements can be be met at all locations. If you have any questions or comments on the above please email me.

Winter Programs 2019/20 and 2020/21

The final talk of the 2019/20 winter speaker program was held on Wednesday, March 11th, and was entitled The National Garden Scheme in Worcestershire. The talk by David Morgan was extremely well attended despite the competition of Ladies Day at Cheltenham and the ongoing Covid-19 situation. A history of the NGS and it's charitable contributions to various health related charities was presented in an entertaining manner. I think the introductory poem might be a first for our group. The meeting also provided an opportunity for members to see photos of the gardens that will be visited by our group this summer. A big thank you to David Morgan for both the talk and his earlier help in providing advance information on the Worcestershire NGS gardens which we will be visiting this summer.

Thank you all for your support this winter and last autumn's fund-raiser. Our attendances have grown significantly over the winter so I hope we are doing something right. We will endeavour to continue to engage interesting speakers to talk to us about their own particular Garden or Country interest.
A full schedule of speakers has been arranged for next winter and we are hopeful it can go ahead as planned. However nothing is certain at this time and we will let you know of any changes as soon as the situation clarifies.

Stay safe and keep in touch.
For all enquiries, or comments, please use the pigeon to send me an email. Thank you.
Chas Bryer

Dates for your Diary
Wed Apr 8th

Highnam Court Gardens CANCELLED, TO BE REARRANGED
Visit the gardens of Highnam Court, Gloucs, GL2 8DP at 2pm. Cost £5.50 for garden, refreshments at extra cost. Please car share if possible. See link to website for Highnam Court.
https://www.highnamcourt.co.uk/gardens.html

Wed May 13th

Pear Tree Cottage CANCELLED, TO BE REARRANGED
Visit to Pear Tree Cottage garden, Wichenford, Worcester, WR6 6YX. Cost £10, to include very generous homemade cakes, biscuits, tea/coffee and entry to the garden. Please car share if possible. See link to website of Pear Tree Cottage.
http://www.peartreecottage.me/p/this-page-attempts-to-describe-our-dear.html

Wed Jun 10th CANCELLED, TO BE REARRANGED
A visit to the gardens of Conderton Manor, near Tewkesbury (GL20 7PR) at 2pm. Cost of the garden visit & tea is £7.50. Please car share if possible.
Wed Jul 8th TO BE CONFIRMED
Visit to the gardens of Long Hyde House (built 1838) in South Littleton, WR11 8TH at 2pm. Cost is £5, garden only. Proceeds from refreshments go to a Cancer charity. Please car share if possible.
As rated by another local garden group: Garden: 🌼🌼🌼🌼🌼 Cake: 🍰🍰🍰🍰🍰
Wed Aug 12th TO BE CONFIRMED
Guided tour of The River School grounds (Worcester, WR3 7ST) at 2pm to include slideshow on restoration of gardens and tea/coffee/biscuits/cake. Cost £7 all inclusive. Car share if possible please.
Wed Sep 9th TO BE CONFIRMED
Visit to the garden at Ravelin, Gilberts End, Hanley Swan, WR8 0AS at 2pm. Cost £7.50 to include garden entry and cream tea. Proceeds to charity. Please car share as parking is in country lane. Group number limited to 40.
Wed Oct 14th

Walled Garden The first talk of the 2020 winter program is not to be missed. This is a talk by Chris and Karen Cronin, owners of The Walled Garden at Croome about the restoration of the garden. Chris has told me this is the last time that they will give this talk. Owing to the possible high demand to attend this talk, numbers may be limited. We return to our normal venue of the Rowing Club, Abbey Park, for the 2pm start.

Wed Nov 11th Capability Brown's Landscape Gardens, a talk given by Joe Tierney at 2pm. Joe previously gave a talk at the U3A Town Hall meeting on the restoration of Croome and is looking forward to revisiting Evesham for this talk. Venue is the Rowing Club, Abbey Park.
Wed Dec 9th A talk by Victoria Logue of Whitehall Farm Plants at the Rowing Club. Title to be decided soon.

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