OGWELL GARDEN SOCIETY MAGAZINE REPORT DEC.2016
The society met on Wed 9th Nov 2016 to a welcome from Richard Fitzgerald, chairman enthusing on the wonderful Autumn colour around at the moment. He went onto introducing Paul Rendel well known as ‘Dartmoor Paul , writer of the Dartmouth Magazine, speaker and guided walking trips.
Paul gave a very good narrative about the history of the valley, back to its mining days of tin, silver, brick making and arsenic. 30 -40 Ships would come up the Tamar river a great sight to see, now of course this as all gone but ruins of old mines still survive if you can find them. The brick works did not close till 1910.
Many birds can be found in the valley eg, Curlews, Avocets, Shell Ducks, Herons, Egrets, Oyster catches and many more. Seals and swans can be found and further up the river, Gold Finch, Robins, Jackdaws, and Green Woodpeckers. Many birds of prey can be found eg Kestrel, Sparrow Hawks and Tawny Owls. There are also many Pheasants that have escaped the private estates.
Many Daffodils where originally planted to harvest for market but this trade declined so there are still many there today. Lots of wild flowers can be found such as Foxgloves, Pennywort pixies, Navelwort so called because of the naval like depression in the centre of its leaf often used as an antiseptic, Stitchwort so called because people thought it cured side stitch after exercise, Ivy which on growing up trees offers many creatures food and habitat, Ragged Robin which is becoming rare, Oxide Daisies, Evening Primrose, Gorse which the ponies help to stamp down and Mistletoe with its sticky berries that attach to the birds beaks and therefore they transplant the seeds on to other branches causing it to spread. The list is endless.
There are 22 types of butterfly in the valley, Rabbits which the Normans introduced and of course there are Deer and many small Lizards.
Paul described a beautiful place and encouraged us to visit, which I’m sure we will.
The flower of the month was a lovely pink fuchsia by Elizabeth Gover.
The next meeting will be on Wed 14th Dec at 7.30pm.A Illustrated talk called ‘The KEUKENOFF GARDENS’ by Roger Hamilton and will be followed by MULLED WINE and MINCE PIES so see you all there.
Can you let Chris have your names before Christmas for the New Year Lunch at Dainton on Wed 11th Jan.2017.
For further information contact Chris Ashton sec. tel 364543
The garden society meets every 2nd Wednesday in the month at Ogwell Memorial hall at 7.30pm.
The cost of annual membership is £3 per person or £5 per couple and the entrance fee to our meetings is £2.00 pp. or £3.00 pp.non members this includes tea /coffee and biscuits.Any one wishing to join can come along any evening or contact me Chistine Ashton sec. on 364543.
Our visit to Sutton Seed’s new show ground in August was unfortunately cancelled by Suttons due to health and safety issues. We did arrange a speaker in its place but was forced to cancel again due to alterations and repairs in the Memorial Hall. We finally managed to get into the hall for the 10th Sept for a fish and chip supper, plant swop and quiz. It was a very social evening and was well attended. Our next meeting will be on Wed 8th Oct at 7.30pm.It will be a very interesting talk by Councillor Daphne Watts on ‘ Newton in Bloom’. Everyone is welcome to attend. £2.50pp or £3 for non members followed by refreshments. Anyone wanting any more information please contact Chris Ashton, sec. tel 364543