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RSPB Ipswich Local Group 

Ipswich Local Group’s programme of Indoor Meetings continues throughout the winter with a full programme of interesting talks. In February, Simon Hooton a retired conservation manager with Suffolk Wildlife Trust, will be talking about The Secret Life of Swifts, then in March we will hear about ‘The History of the Peregrine in Suffolk’, from Peter […]

Needham Market and District Horticultural Society

Welcome to the new year with a new programme of entertaining speakers for our meetings. First up will be Eleanor Gilbert with ‘Growing Places’ on 1 February. Subscriptions will be due and can be paid at this meeting, at the AGM in March, or online at any time. Unfortunately, the speaker that we had booked […]

Martlesham in Bloom

Shrubs With some bulbs and blossom to enjoy February can be a time to spot colourful treasures amid the cold. In the garden leave dead stems of herbaceous plants up for as long as possible so as to continue protecting the crowns from frost and providing a continuing refuge for invertebrates, also, whilst many shrubs […]

Kesgrave Allotment and Leisure Gardeners Association

Yay! Daylight hours are gradually getting longer and I have noticed some spring bulb shoots peeping through the winter soil too. As it is a leap year (which keeps our calendar and seasons aligned) we have an extra day this month to enjoy the plot. February is a good time to buy seed potatoes. The […]

Celebrate Snowdrop Season with the National Trust

Beautiful drifts of white snowdrops are one of the great pleasures of visiting National Trust gardens at the end of winter. Despite the cold, snowdrops can be found thriving in pastures, woods, gardens and orchards across the UK in January and February. Their white petals and green leaves brighten the winter months and signal warmer weather […]

Guide To Gardening In December  

Tips from Capel Allotments Association Season’s greetings to all our members and readers. Veg Plot: Continue winter digging. Mushroom Compost is available at £35 a ‘Bucket’ load delivered to the Pound Lane site; call 01473 310 380 to order from Capel Mushrooms. Sow or plant lettuce under cloches. Check brassicas for white fly and spray […]

An Appeal from the Paupers Graves Team

paupers graves

In 1999, as a Millennium project, Onehouse Parish Council bought the Paupers Graves site situated near Stow Lodge Flats (the old workhouse) from the government. It was for a nominal fee providing the site was cared for. It was all overgrown as no one had looked after the graves for a number of years.  In […]

East Anglian Traditional Music Trust

East Anglian Traditional Music Trust members were kept very busy at FolkEast. East Anglian Traditional Music Trust in partnership with FolkEast presented the Vaughan Williams Folk Showcase, a National Lottery funded project. Working with Finn Collinson and Emma Beach and with support from guest tutors Kate Griffin and Stu Hannah nine young musicians created inspirational […]

Climate Action in Capel

We are just back from Greenbelt festival over the August Bank holiday weekend. I describe Greenbelt as a festival with a Christian ethos and strong eco and justice themes that is totally inclusive, with drama, lectures/discussions, music (of course) and much more – read their description at: greenbelt.org.uk. I mean where else would you sing […]