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June 2017

Yorkshire – Askham Bog

June 10 @ 10:30 am - 5:00 pm
Askham Bog, York, Yorkshire YO23 2UB United Kingdom + Google Map

Saturday 10 Jun 10:30 Askham Bog - near York (YWT nature reserve) Meeting Place – The YWT car park (SE 575 481, satnav 53.92429 -1.12607) that can only be accessed off the A64 travelling east. If approaching from the east you need to go past the reserve to the Askham Bryan turnoff (the northern ring road) and back onto the A64 eastbound and turn off at the next junction for Copmanthorpe. The car park is on the left at the…

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N: Plant Societies Weekend, RHS Wisley

June 17 - June 18
RHS Garden Wisley, Woking, Surrey GU23 6QB United Kingdom + Google Map

For a couple of years now, we have been supporting this event which showcases a variety of plant societies, and the BPS will again have a stand here. With a large display of ferns, we will be promoting the appreciation of ferns, fern growing and of course, the benefits of being a member of BPS. If you would like to be involved in helping, please contact Julian

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S: NTS Arduaine Garden, Arduaine, Oban, Argyll

June 17 @ 10:30 am - 5:00 pm
Arduaine Garden, Arduaine
Oban, Argyll PA34 4XQ United Kingdom
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Arduaine Garden (NM 798 105) has a large collection of exotic ferns growing outside, and quite a few natives too. There is also a conservatory with several tender ferns and tree ferns. There is a charge for non-members of NTS: £6.00 (£5.00 for seniors). BYO packed lunch or eat lunch at the Chartroom 2 Bistro at Loch Melfort Hotel

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WS: National Museum of Wales Herbarium and a garden visit

June 19 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Brian and Sue Dockerill, 19 Westfield Road
Pontypridd, CF37 3AG United Kingdom
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We have arranged with Sally Whyman, the Botany Curator at the National Museum of Wales, Cardiff, to visit the herbarium at the museum. She will have available international, and especially Welsh, herbarium specimens and we will have the opportunity to seek out material of particular interest to members of the group. She will also show us the Museum’s botanical library. As this visit will be in the afternoon, starting at 1.30pm., we would like to invite you to visit our…

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SE&EA: Heathfield, East Sussex

June 24 @ 10:30 am - 5:00 pm

We’ll be joined by members from the East Anglia group for this meeting which will visit sites near Heathfield (including land associated with the old Heathfield Park). Peter knows this area well, and apart from the rich Wealden flora early date, we can expect some surprises. Janet Bond has kindly agreed to provide us with tea after the meeting, in her most delightful garden with a number of ferns and lots of interesting flowers and trees.

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NW&Y: Cautley Spout

June 24 @ 10:30 am - 5:00 pm
The Cross Keys Temperance Inn, Cautley
Sedbergh, Cumbria LA10 5NE United Kingdom
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On the A683 about 4 miles NE of Sedbergh, next to the Cross Keys Inn. SD 698 969. The parking area is not that large and can be busy, so please car share where possible. Map: Explorer OL19 Howgill Fells. It's a steep climb up Cautley Spout but there is a good stone-flagged path. The more intrepid can try some beck-side scrambling (hopefully the water level will not be too high). Many of the ferns are near the lower falls…

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July 2017

N: The North of Ireland

July 7 - July 9

There has not been a BPS trip to the North of Ireland since 1994, so when Hazel suggested that Glen Ariff in County Antrim was a very ferny place to go, the Meetings sub-committee welcomed her suggestion. The arrangements are still provisional, but we plan to follow Glen Ariff with two further days in County Donegal and County Fermanagh, probably based in Donegal town. We are aiming to see lots of interesting ferns including Polystichum lonchitis, hybrid equiseta, and Trichomanes…

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N: Cultivar Weekend, Sizergh, Cumbria

July 15 - July 16
Sizergh, near Kendal Cumbria LA8 8DZ United Kingdom + Google Map

BPS member Andrew Harrison is Assistant Head Gardener at Sizergh and due to his enthusiasm the four national fern collections have grown from strength to strength. Plus, the grounds now include a wonderful stumpery opened by BPS during the 125th Anniversary Week in June 2016. We will visit the gardens using a room in the Strickland Arms as our base, then probably go on to see the Bolton fern collection in South Cumbria. On the 16th we are going to…

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N: Scotland

July 16 - July 20
Kindrogan Field Centre, Enochdhu
Blairgowrie, PH10 7PG United Kingdom
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Based at Kindrogan Field Centre from Sunday evening to Thursday we will have four full days in the field. We will visit ferny upland and lowland sites with Polystichum lonchitis, Clubmosses, Equisetum, Pilularia and the possibility of visiting a site for the two species of Woodsia (but very rough terrain). Some of the sites are sensitive and numbers will be limited. Accommodation is reserved at the Centre and all bookings are through Heather McHaffie. Four nights, Dinner, Bed and Breakfast…

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Strensall pillwort survey

July 16 @ 10:30 am - 5:00 pm
Strensall, York, Yorkshire United Kingdom + Google Map

Sunday 16 Jul 10:30 Pillwort Survey - Strensall Training Camp Meeting Place – Meet in the large car park just as you leave Strensall heading north. Turn right down a lane where it says to the Defence Training Estates North, bear right and the car park is a short way down on the left at SE 648 611 (Sat Nav 54.03194 -1.03169) Going – Wet at pond edges, tussocky grass and heather (KT1-2). Footware – Boots or wellies if you…

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