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North Waltham WI - June

North Waltham WI Our last meeting on Wednesday 8 June 2016 was our annual outing and this year we went to Wildflower Turf at Ashe Warren. The weather was kind to us, although we did come prepared for the rain which was forecast but didn’t fall over us!! We had a tour around the farm on a covered trailer and tractor and stopped in one of the fields when James Hewetson-Brown gave us a history of the farm – they have been farming in Hampshire for three generations. Wildlife is important to the farm and there are many initiatives in place to address this: wild margins are left alongside the fields to encourage wildlife and bird boxes are put up to encourage new residents. Sitting on the trailer and looking out over the beautiful Hampshire countryside reminded us how lucky we are to live in such a beautiful area. We then headed back and stopped on the lane to admire all the wildflowers growing on the verge – these were examples of all the different flowers and grasses the wildflower turf provides. The farm started turf production in 1982 then in 2003 James started the Wildflower Turf as there was an increasing demand for readymade wildflower meadows. Wildflower meadows are more difficult to establish than you might think and require a lot of preparation in order to avoid them being taken over by stronger plants, such as some grasses. The Wildflower Turf has been used in many locations around the UK, including the 2012 Olympics in several of the meadow and pasture scenes in the Opening Ceremony as well as various locations around the Athletes Village. Wildflower turf is grown for many organisations, one of which is the wildflower meadow surrounding The Hive which is a new installation at Kew Gardens that raises the decline of bees.


Church Fete Cake Stall – thank you to everyone who baked, served and bought cakes from our stall at the Church Fete. All the cakes, biscuits, etc, looked absolutely delicious and we raised £141.70 for the church.


Our next few meetings are:

Thursday 14 July 2016: Garden Party to be held at The Foxes Den, Mary Lane. Our speaker will be Alick Jones, a professional biologist, who will be giving us hints and tips on how to make our gardens more wildlife friendly, using the host garden as an example. Hopefully it will be a lovely summer evening so we can enjoy our strawberries and cream outside, so don’t forget to bring a chair, bowl, spoon and glass. If wet we will still have the meeting at The Foxes Den but view the garden from inside!!

There is no WI meeting in August – here’s hoping the weather is good to everyone on their summer holidays!

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


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 carolynbrown50@googlemail.com

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