Our last meeting on Thursday 14 July 2016 was our Garden Meeting held at The Foxes Den. During the business part of the meeting we received an update on the WI Resolutions for this year – there are two resolutions, both of which were voted for at the WI Annual Meeting in June 2016:
- Time to tackle food waste and food poverty – when thousands rely on food banks, we need to persuade supermarkets to sign up to a voluntary agreement to avoid food waste, thereby passing surplus food onto charities thus helping to address the issue of increasing food poverty in the UK
- Transform hospital dementia care – when a patient with dementia is admitted to hospital without their own carer it can cause additional trauma. This resolution is looking at the NHS to provide facilities to enable carers, if they wish, to stay with people with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia when they are admitted to hospital.
Following this, our speaker was Alick Jones, a professional biologist, who gave us hints and tips on how to make our gardens more wildlife friendly. He covered a variety of topics starting with pictures of pigeons and snails as examples of wildlife that may be not as welcome as others, especially to the gardeners amongst us, but they are still wildlife. Alick then explained that planting native trees, shrubs and flowers can increase the number of animals and insects that will use it. A native tree is likely to have hundreds of different wildlife depending on it, whereas a non-native species will only have a handful. We then heard that complicated gardens are good for wildlife and that The Foxes Den was an example of such a garden. In other words, it has lots of different areas, for example, trees, hedges, log piles, wild areas and a pond, to suit a wide variety of wildlife. And even the grass area in the garden got a special mention as it was full of wild flowers – not everyone’s cup of tea but the wildlife love it!! Even if you’ve got a small garden you can still incorporate different elements, you just need to downsize, for example growing smaller trees in pots. Alick spoke about how you can use willow – you can weave it to create a living hedge, or you can put a few stems in a pot and weave to create a small tree. Following the talk we enjoyed strawberries and cream with a glass of wine. Luckily the weather was kind to us as it didn’t rain, however, it did start getting a bit chilly towards the end of the evening.
Our next few meetings are:
Thursday 8 September 2016: Hearing Dogs for the Deaf – this talk will tell us all about how the dogs are trained and the help they provide to deaf people.
Thursday 13 October 2016: Life under German rule in Guernsey during WW2
Thursday 10 November 2016: Judy Anderson will talk about the history of Great Ormond Street Hospital and the life-saving breakthroughs including young patients’ moving stories.
Why not come and join us as a guest, a potential new member, or as someone who is interested in listening to a particular speaker? You will always be very welcome. If anyone would like to come along or would like more details please contact Carolyn Brown firstname.lastname@example.org