I have been rather dilatory of late and I apologise to my faithful followers for the lack of posts and updates from my garden and my visits to others. To be honest, apart from a few small tweaks here and there, my garden has now settled into a rhythm and ticks over through the seasons. However, that doesn’t mean that I haven’t been busy!
Some of you may recall that I was briefly Vice Chairman of the Cheltenham Horticultural Society and was rather frustrated that my ideas for modernising and updating the society and its activities were continually thwarted and questioned. Although I was able to bring a lot to the Society in a short time; BBC Radio 4 Gardeners Question Time, plant sales linked to Open Gardens events, publicity from the Tools Shed recycling project with the Conservation Foundation and helping our Vice President, Chris Evans of The Butterfly Garden win the Daily Telegraph ‘Gardening Against the Odds’ award, revamping the Society website and getting Chris Beardshaw to talk about his Gold winning Chelsea garden and his new book, I realised that my future ‘gardening club’ activity lay elsewhere.
I have always admired the homespun charm of the Cottage Garden Society and eagerly read their quarterly magazine and take part in their excellent seed exchange. However, apart from a group local to South Gloucestershire and the towns in the Stroud valleys, they do not have a local presence in the Cotswolds. Even the Worcestershire Group has amalgamated with the Staffordshire Group and has now migrated northwards. So it occurred to me that they might like a new group in my part of Gloucestershire from Cheltenham north and east. They instantly agreed!
So, as a lot of my gardening activity is now going to be centred around the new Cotswold Group, I have decided to make my blog a record of how I get on starting a new gardening club (for that’s what it really is) and sharing my thoughts and concerns, triumphs (let’s hope there are some!) and disasters (let’s hope there are few!), with my followers, visitors and members of the group.
Onwards and upwards!
Sounds like you have made a very good decision. Wishing you all the best in this new venture. I’d join your Group but Warwick is just a bit too far away.
Thanks Alison. Warwick isn’t that far! Love to have you in the group even if you only come to a few events. However, there is another CGS regional group based in Solihull if you are interested. The Cotswold Group is going to be better though!
I wish you every success and look forward to participating .
Thank you very much Richard. I look forward to hearing what you think. All a bit scary at the moment but I just need a few good people to help and support me. Keep in touch. David
Go for It! And best wishes for your new venture.
Thanks Chris. Looking forward to a new chapter in my horticultural life. Good for the blog too, it will give it a new purpose, a new direction and a new readership. Maybe more trips to Gresford too!
Hi David. Read your article with great interest. Good luck with the launch of the Cotswold Cottage Garden society. Can I be your honorary member? Regards Bobby boy👨🌾
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Thanks Bobby. I need new members but not ornery ones! David
Wonderful! Have fun and happy recruiting. 🙂
Thanks Gill. Fingers crossed!