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)
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.
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