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Radcliffe On Trent U3A

Group: U3A Garden Group (not to be confused with RoT Gardening Club)

Contact person(s):  Roger Burston       

Contact details:   0115 9332096   e-mail: roger.burston@hotmail.co.uk

Day and time of meetings: We meet on the second Thursday of each month from 2.00pm to 4.00pm. Not Dec or Jan which form a winter break. Also, we have trips so the day and times do vary. We try to plan for the year at our February meeting and the published plan is available to all members - we may have to alter it of course.

Meeting Venue: There is no set venue for our meetings. The last few have been at the British Legion but we have used the Grange, the bar at the Manvers pub and members homes when we are meeting in RoT.

Cost: Costs vary depending on the activity involved. Cost for visiting speakers have been around £5.00-£6.00 per person plus £1.00 for room hire. We share cars on visits and passengers contribute to fuel costs for the drivers.

We currently have over 50 names on our member list. Numbers at activities/on trips tend to be 15 - 30 as many members are doing other things as well.  Levels of knowledge and experience vary widely and we are trying to include some practical activities such as seed-sowing/potting on, taking cuttings, planting of hanging baskets etc as well as inviting speakers and going on trips. We have visited a number of places since our group formed 2 years ago. Examples include Wollaton Hall Walled Garden, Alan Mason's garden at Caythorpe in Lincs, Cotswold Garden Flowers nursery run by Bob Brown, two gardens in the Alton area of Staffordshire, Pureland Japanese Garden, Stewart Dixon's garden at Stoke Bardolph and Norwell nursery.  The main attributes that a new member should have are a keen interest in gardening and a desire to learn more about it. Some of our members are more interested in fruit and vegetable growing while others like flowers and shrubs. We hope to have activities to suit this range of interests. Our "event" this month, for instance, is a garden trail of members' gardens in RoT - a good chance to socialise and get ideas for our own gardens.