Category: News

Owning an Allotment

Club member Anne has been really busy during lockdown and worked hard on her allotment.  She recently sent us these fantastic photos of her allotment. Stansted Parish Council established the Elms Farm allotments in January 2019 and Anne tells us that plot holders spent much of last year clearing ground and experimenting. “The majority of [Continue]

July Club News

Hope you are all keeping well and adjusting to Lockdown Life. Where has the time flown to this year – can’t believe its July already! Suspect you’ve all been keeping busy in the garden but remember to sit back, relax and enjoy the flowers, birds, butterflies, bees and the scents too – as the saying [Continue]

Beautiful Back Garden

Club member Pauline says her daughter and granddaughter have been helping her during the lockdown period.   She has sent us these wonderful photos of her garden. There are many different areas to the garden, with lots of lovely and unusual plants and she’s also encouraging the growing vegetables. She said she’ll send some more. Pauline says [Continue]

A chance do those small jobs during Lockdown

Our Club Chair, Maralyn, and her husband Paul, have been very busy over the lockdown period putting new floor in their greenhouse and growing Tomatoes,Peppers and Cucumber. Another lockdown job completed is the construction of some raised beds – adding some cat prevention measures too!  The yellow flower is Phlomis – the bees love it.

Transition to Summer

We are delighted to have been sent these wonderful photos, from our club member Gilly, showing her garden’s transition to roses. As you can see she has been very busy during the Lockdown period. If you have been working hard in your garden, then please do send us your photos for us to display on [Continue]

June Club News Update (Covid-19)

It has been a very strange few months for the world, one which many of us did not expect to see. And I’m sure many of you have been especially affected as you have been told to stay home and stay safe! When I wrote in March no-one had any idea how things would evolve [Continue]

Club Christmas

Our December meeting was a fun evening, followed by our annual bring and share Christmas supper. Back by popular demand was the beetle game. A sedate start, whilst newcomers learnt the rules, quickly changed to frantic throwing of dice followed by cheers as a six was finally thrown. The groans grew louder as beetle was [Continue]


This was the subject of our November meeting. Did you know? It was the Thomas Rochfords Nursery who coined the phrase ‘houseplants’. Our speaker Chris Day did his apprenticeship with them in 1974. They were a major grower of houseplants supplying millions of plants to major retailers. Nowadays most houseplants come from abroad, especially Holland. [Continue]

Fruit Tree Pruning

The speaker for our October meeting was Michael Abel, a former commercial fruit grower and lecturer at Writtle College. The size of a fruit tree depends on the rootstock on which it is grafted; fruit trees on their own roots will grow too large for most gardens. Dwarf or semi-dwarf rootstock will produce trees varying [Continue]