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August 2017

SE: Wisley RHS garden, Wisley, Surrey

August 5 @ 10:00 am - August 6 @ 5:00 pm
RHS Garden Wisley, Woking, Surrey GU23 6QB United Kingdom + Google Map

Last year, the Society put on a two today event for the RHS, in the Gallery of the Glasshouse at Wisley. This was appreciated by the RHS, and was very successful for us. It increased our profile with the general public, gained us new members - and was fun as well! We are doing it all over again. We will be putting on a 9m display of ferns in pots, (species and cultivars), giving spore sowing demonstrations, plant sales, and…

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S: Mountain ferns, Ben Vrackie, Pitlochry

August 5, 2017 @ 10:00 am - January 19, 2018 @ 6:00 pm

A return trip to this rich site for alpine flora, including some interesting ferns and even more interesting fern allies. Last year we got waylaid by clubmosses, moonwort and various other delights, and never made it as far as the summit and beyond, where mountain bladder fern and holly fern are reputed to be found. Straight to the top this time! Interesting ferns are at various locations as much as 1km or more from the main path. We may also…

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NW: Scutchers Acres, near Burscough and Steve Coleman’s garden, Maghull

August 26 @ 10:30 am - 5:00 pm
Forest View, Flax Ln Lathom
Burscough, Ormskirk L40 5TD United Kingdom
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Joint with Liverpool Botanical Society Meeting place: car parking at the end of private driveway near greenhouses,Forest View (off Flax Lane,L40 5TD). SD 451 108. Look out for arrowed signs NWF/LBS pointing in off east side of lane and north side of river. Scutchers Acres is a conservation area with a good range of woodland plants; it also has around 100 species of trees, native and exotic, part of the site having previously been a tree nursery. An interesting recent…

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WS: Pilwort survey in Powys

August 31 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

You may have seen the article by Fred Rumsey “A new national Pillwort Survey” in the 2015 edition of The Pteridologist Vol 6 Part 2 p161. He was encouraging Regional Groups to survey the species in their areas and, as we knew that parts of Wales were hot-spots for the species, we contacted him and received a list of sites. We also joined a Pillwort hunting weekend in the New Forest and “got our eyes in”. Since then we’ve visited…

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September 2017

NW: Thirlmere and Launchy Gill

September 16 @ 10:30 am - 5:00 pm
Launchy Gill Bridge, Thirlmere United Kingdom + Google Map

NY309 158. Park in roadside lay by near Launchy Gill bridge. It's on the minor road along the west side of Thirlmere. Map: Explorer OL5 Lakes NE We plan to explore along the roadside and up the forest trail beside Launchy Gill, with lots of ferns to see. As far as I know the last Group visit here was in 1996, or have I missed one? Packed lunch; stout footwear

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EA: The Coppice, Kelvedon Hatch, Essex and Paul Spracklin’s garden, Benfleet

September 16 @ 10:30 am - 5:00 pm
Kelvedon Hatch, School Road
Kelvedon Hatch, CM15 0DH United Kingdom
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Meeting place: School Road, Kelvedon Hatch near Brentwood, CM15 0DH. Grid ref. TQ5722,9824. Footpath opposite Junction of Mill Lane. Please park in road with consideration of residents. Lunch: Packed lunch This area of Essex woodland has recently been found to host one of the most diverse selections of ferns in the county. We should see many different species growing in a relatively small area. Wellingtons or boots are recommended. We will complete our day at Paul Spracklin’s amazing garden in…

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October 2017

S: Annual Indoor Meeting

October 7 @ 10:30 am - 5:00 pm
50 Liberton Brae, 50 Liberton Brae
Edinburgh, EH16 6AF United Kingdom
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Tour of the garden, coffee/tea and lunch provided! Including plant sales, book sales, fern presentations and planning for 2018.

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SE: Autumn end of season meeting

October 21 @ 10:30 am - 5:00 pm

In the morning we will visit Wealden woods on the Isle of Oxney, near Rye. The Society has not been here before and there are secluded woods here which are surprisingly home to Dryopteris aemula among others. We have booked the small hall by the recreation ground in Appledore for our traditional end-of-season get-together, where we will see presentations of the year’s fern activities, home and abroad. Please also bring along any other items of fern interest.

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NW: AGM at Holehird Gardens, Windermere

October 21 @ 10:30 am - 5:00 pm
Holehird Gardens, Patterdale Road
Windermere, Cumbria LA23 1NP United Kingdom
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The usual fare of Pteridological miscellanea, stretching talks and stimulating company. There will be plant sales (please bring as well as buy), displays and competitions for ferns in pots. Contributions to the refreshments would be welcome. (Packed lunch) Further details will be sent out in September.

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EA: Autumn Indoor Meeting, Oulton Broad, Suffolk

October 28 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Gillian & Bryan Smith, 1 Prospect Road, Oulton Broad
Lowestoft, Suffolk NR32 3PT United Kingdom
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Gill and Bryan Smith are kindly hosting our Autumn meeting again. Please bring photos of fern meetings, ferny holidays and any ferny items that may be of interest. Also please bring along any spare ferns for our popular plant sale. Lunch will be provided, a £2.50 contribution to costs will be appreciated.

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