SE&EA: Marline Valley, near Hastings, and ghylls near Crowhurst

Napier Road Napier RoadHastings,

Our next meeting will be in Hastings, East Sussex. We will explore Marline Wood, on the western edge of Hastings, a Nature Reserve (and SSSI) managed by the Sussex Wildlife Trust. Meet at 10.30a.m. and park in Napier Road, which is off Queensway (A2690), a relatively new relief road. (TQ 784121) This wood is a … Continue reading SE&EA: Marline Valley, near Hastings, and ghylls near Crowhurst

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

Forest View Flax Ln Lathom, Burscough, Ormskirk

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

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

Kelvedon Hatch School RoadKelvedon Hatch,

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

S: Annual Indoor Meeting

50 Liberton Brae 50 Liberton BraeEdinburgh,

Programme 10:30: Arrival, coffee, greetings 11.00: Tour of the garden 12.00: Plant sales & Book sales 12:30: Lunch 13.15: David Tricker (RBGE) 'Plant hunting excursions; ferns in China, Taiwan and Nepal' 14:00: Max Brown (University of Edinburgh) ‘Perspectives on parasitism of ferns’ 14:45: Review of 2017 programme 15:00: Planning the Scottish Group Programme for 2018 … Continue reading S: Annual Indoor Meeting

EA&SE: Winter Indoor Meeting 2017

Julian Reed 19a Northdown RoadKemsing,

Meet at Northdown Rd and have a wander round my garden All weather footwear recommended. Change of footwear for the pavilion, my garden is clay and gets sticky Move to Sir Mark Collett Pavilion, Heaverham Rd, Kemsing, Sevenoaks TN15 6NE for lunch and a fascinating talk by Alison Alison Paul, Curator of Pteridophytes at the … Continue reading EA&SE: Winter Indoor Meeting 2017

S: Brodick Castle Gardens, Isle of Arran

CalMac Ferries Ardrossan Harbour RdArdrossan,

Brodick Castle is run by the National Trust for Scotland; formerly owned by the Hamilton family it comprises the castle (currently closed for renovations), gardens, country park and Goat Fell. The gardens are sheltered, south facing and benefit from the Gulf Stream. The mild, wet (very wet) climate is perfect for ferns. Highlights include large … Continue reading S: Brodick Castle Gardens, Isle of Arran

N: Plant Societies Weekend 2018

RHS Garden Wisley Woking, Surrey

For a couple of years now, we have been supporting this weekend-long event which showcases a variety of plant societies, and 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. … Continue reading N: Plant Societies Weekend 2018

N: Leicestershire

The Riverbank B&B 7 Sileby RoadMountsorrel,

The meeting will be based in Mountsorrel, a small town on the old A6 road between Leicester and Loughborough, and on the Soar Navigation (river and canal (River Trent to Leicester)). Nearby is the Great Central Railway heritage line. Mainline trains run frequently to Loughborough (better than Leicester) (two per hour, although not evenly spaced). … Continue reading N: Leicestershire

EA: Oulton Broad

Raveningham Hall

Meeting at Raveningham Hall, NR14 6NS. Sir Nicholas Bacon, President of the RHS, will guide us around his ‘Stumpery’ established in 2016. Lunch provided in the Smith’s garden (NR32 3PT) in Oulton Broad. Many of you will be familiar with Bryan and Gill’s fantastic garden of ferns and exotic plants, and with Gill’s lunches! More … Continue reading EA: Oulton Broad

EA: Cockshoot Broad

Cockshoot Broad

Cockshoot Broad boardwalk (dependant on river level), Thelypteris palustris Lunch provided and visit to Rosie Steele’s Garden, Coltishall, NR12 7AW Rosie has a large collection of cultivars of Polystichum setiferum, Asplenium scolopendrium and polypodies in a large and very interesting garden More details to follow (especially about parking at both venues)

WS: John Massey’s garden at Ashwood Nurseries

Ashwood Nurseries Ashwood Lower Lane, Kingswinford, West Midlands

Tour of John Massey’s garden at Ashwood Nurseries followed by indoor meeting. Leaders: John Massey (Garden), Brian and Sue Dockerill (Indoor Meeting) John Massey has recently become ever more interested in ferns and, as with everything in his garden, these are grown to a very high standard. His fern meeting held last year, with speakers … Continue reading WS: John Massey’s garden at Ashwood Nurseries

NW: Celebrating Sally

Brantwood, Coniston Lake RoadConiston,

Information about the event at Brantwood to celebrate the life of Sally Beamish

N: BPS Display Weekend 2018

RHS Garden Wisley Woking, Surrey

Following the successes of our 125th Anniversary Display Weekend in the main glasshouse at Wisley in July 2016 and again in August 2017, we have been invited by RHS to repeat this. We will have a fine display of ferns, fern cultivation, fern merchandise and fern sales to promote BPS and pteridology. Please contact Julian … Continue reading N: BPS Display Weekend 2018

N: Southport Flower Show 2018

Southport Botanic Gardens ChurchtownSouthport,

Once again, BPS will have a stand here promoting the Society, demonstrating spore propagation and answering questions from visitors. There will also be a number of fern display categories in which you could win prizes for your ferns. Please contact Michael if you would like to help or enter ferns.

SE: West Dean Gardens

West Dean Gardens

Meet at in the car park at 11.30 entrance. The individual fee is about £9.00; group is £7.50 and will try and get this for you. Bring any plants you would like identifying or help with or think people would be interested in, even if it’s a frond, and we will meet up in the … Continue reading SE: West Dean Gardens

S: Annual Indoor Meeting, Bearsden, Glasgow

Alastair Wardlaw Glasgow,

Tour of the Wardlaw garden, coffee/tea and lunch provided! Including plant sales, book sales, fern-related presentations, and planning for 2018.

SE: 2018 Autumn Meeting

Scadbury Park St Paul’s Wood Hill

The autumn meeting this year will comprise a morning walk in a local wood where we will see a range of ferns including one alien. Lunch will be at 12:30 depending on the weather. At 13 Star Lane St Mary Cray Kent BR5 3LJ This will be followed by slide shows of this year’s trips … Continue reading SE: 2018 Autumn Meeting

EA: Indoor Meeting 2018

Peter Blake & Nick Lodge 14 Mill Hill Road, Norwich, Norfolk

East Anglia group indoor meeting Lunch provided, indoor ferns to see, talks and slide-shows Parking permits will be needed, so I need to know who is coming at least 1 week in advance

N: Isle of Wight

Channel View Hotel Hope RoadShanklin,

Draft programme (venues and times may change) Meeting Centre and general information We will use, as an informal base, the Channel View Hotel (email: enquiries@channelviewhotel.co.uk). Nowhere on the island is a long drive one of the ferry ports from the mainland; Portsmouth – Ryde is the shortest link, and closest to Shanklin. Shanklin is also … Continue reading N: Isle of Wight

N: Plant Society Show, RHS Wisley

RHS Garden Wisley Woking, Surrey

For a couple of years now, we have been supporting this weekend-long event which showcases a variety of plant societies, and 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. … Continue reading N: Plant Society Show, RHS Wisley

NW: Churchtown Botanic Gardens Fernery

Churchtown Botanic Gardens Fernery Botanic RoadSouthport,

Churchtown Botanic Gardens Fernery, Botanic Road, Southport, PR9 7NE and Michael Hayward's garden L23 8TQ The Fernery in Churchtown is a Grade II listed Victorian building, first opened in 1876. During 2018, a major replanting exercise was undertaken following a large donation of rare ferns from the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh. By car – the … Continue reading NW: Churchtown Botanic Gardens Fernery

N: Oxfordshire Gardens -Hidcote, Oxford Botanic Garden, Waterperry Garden and a great private garden

Hidcote Hidcote Bartrim, near Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire

Visits to fantastic gardens with lots of ferns, beautiful displays and friendly, ferny chat. Saturday AM- The BPS Oxfordshire garden tour 2019 will begin at Hidcote (Gloucestershire), one of the National Trust’s flagship gardens at 10.30am on Saturday. An opportunity to explore the garden and discover interesting ferns in this arts and crafts garden. 1pm … Continue reading N: Oxfordshire Gardens -Hidcote, Oxford Botanic Garden, Waterperry Garden and a great private garden

WS: The garden of Tim Brock and Cors Caron National Nature Reserve

Tim Brock Delfryn, Pentre Rhew, Ceredigion

We last visited Tim and his garden in 2014 when, despite him having not lived there very long, his collection of Asplenium scolopendrium cultivars was already well established. Since then the collection has expanded, not least as a result of his extensive hybridisations, and he has now added a 30` by 10` shade tunnel. Beyond … Continue reading WS: The garden of Tim Brock and Cors Caron National Nature Reserve

N: BPS at Wisley 2019

RHS Garden Wisley Woking, Surrey

Displays of unusual tender and garden ferns with an interesting range of ferns for sale. Take part in free propagation demonstrations, tours of the Wisley fern plantings and meet our friendly experts for a chat and advice on the planting, care and use of ferns in all parts of the garden. RHS Wisley

N: Gardens in Germany

FACHGRUPPE FARNE (SPECIAL GROUP FERNS) & The British Pteriological Society Bus Tour of Fern Gardens in Germany The German fern friends invite you to come to our following gardens: The tour will cost you €1,173.00 per person in a doubleroom Single room supplement €290.00 Half board €169.00 If there are only 20 participants it will … Continue reading N: Gardens in Germany

NW: Annual General Meeting at Holehird Gardens

Holehird Gardens Patterdale RoadWindermere,

Annual General Meeting at Holehird Gardens, Windermere 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. Programme The 25th Annual General Meeting of the North West Group of the British Pteridological Society will be held … Continue reading NW: Annual General Meeting at Holehird Gardens

SE: Riverhill Himalayan Garden

Riverhill Himalayan Gardens RiverhillSevenoaks,

This is a fascinating garden with a range of ferns volunteering all over the place and the BIG PLUS is they are replanting a large early 20th century rockery that is now in shade and this spring is being planted up with Ferns as a Fernery funny enough! Followed by lunch and talks and growing … Continue reading SE: Riverhill Himalayan Garden

Y: Annual General Meeting

Harlow Carr Crag Lane, Harrogate, Yorkshire

Meeting place – In the main car parks at Harlow Carr at SE 28192 54023 (SatNav 53.98157 -1.57189). Enter via the green gate in the main car park south of the main buildings or through the main entrance stating you are with the Yorkshire Fern Group and make you way to the Bramall Learning Centre, … Continue reading Y: Annual General Meeting

S: Workday at Ascog Fernery

Ascog, Isle of Bute PA20 9EU Ascog Fernery, Rothesay, Isle of Bute

Ascog Fernery workday, Isle of Bute Meet at the ferry terminal at Wemyss Bay at 9:45, for the 10.05 ferry to Rothesay. We expect to return by the 4 pm ferry. We will car pool, to take as few cars across as possible. Any donation of ferns is welcome! Food: bring a packed lunch. Tea/coffee … Continue reading S: Workday at Ascog Fernery

NW: North Cumbria

Orton Moss Carlisle,

Roger Golding will lead a meeting in north Cumbria - including Orton Moss to see the royal fern, and Roger's garden in Bowness. More information will be posted later.

EA: Gill and Bryan Smith’s open garden – Cancelled

Gillian & Bryan Smith 1 Prospect Road, Oulton Broad, Lowestoft, Suffolk

Further details of all these events will be made available nearer the time. Please let Peter Blake know if you wish to attend any of the events on: peterblake1952@gmail.com

N: Seattle, USA – Cancelled

Hosted by Sue Olsen from Seattle. A chance to spend a week visiting botanical gardens, private gardens and native fern sites in the north-west of the USA. Early booking through Julian Reed is strongly advisable

WS: Fibrex Nursery, Pebworth, Warwickshire – Cancelled

Fibrex Nursery Honeybourne Road, Pebworth,Stratford-upon-Avon,

Leaders: Fibrex Nursery (am.) Angela Tandy and garden visit (pm.) Alistair and Margaret Urquhart Fibrex nursery needs no introduction to fern fans as the source of probably the widest range of plants available in the UK. As always, we can expect a warm and enthusiastic welcome at the nursery from Angela. Alistair and Margaret’s Garden … Continue reading WS: Fibrex Nursery, Pebworth, Warwickshire – Cancelled

EA: Paul Spracklin’s open garden – Cancelled

paul spacklin's garden 42 Greenwood AvenueSouth Benfleet,

Paul Spracklin’s open garden. Further details of all these events will be made available nearer the time. Please let Peter Blake know if you wish to attend any of the events on: peterblake1952@gmail.com

S: Annual Indoor Meeting, Strathbungo, Glasgow – Postponed until 2021

House (and garden) of Chris Nicholson & Fiona MacKinnon 8 Moray Place, Strathbungo, Scotland

Postponed until 2021, but please let us know if you would like to join in for a Zoom meeting. Contact: bridgetlaue@blueyonder.co.uk Arrive 10:30am. Tour of Chris Nicholson’s garden, and fern-related presentations. Includes plant sales, book sales, and planning for 2021. Coffee/tea and lunch provided! More information will be available closer to the event. All are … Continue reading S: Annual Indoor Meeting, Strathbungo, Glasgow – Postponed until 2021

N: AGM

This will be a vitual event. Please contact the Secretary (secretary@ebps.org.uk) to receive an invite to the event. AGENDA FOR 117th ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING The latest copy of the BPS Bulletin (Vol. 8, No. 6, distributed earlier this year) contains the minutes of the previous AGM, relevant to agenda item 2. It also contains the … Continue reading N: AGM

SE: Autumn end of season Meeting – Cancelled

Paul Reddy Hill Farm Oast, Yalding Hill, Yalding, Kent

Leader: Peter Clare Meet at 10:30 to Visit Paul Reddy's home. This garden is a must see with his stumpery. This visit will be followed by lunch and talks and growing advice at the Sir Mark Collet Pavilion Kemsing, Heaverham Road, Kemsing, Kent TN15 6NE. This is about half an hour from Paul’s. Lunch will … Continue reading SE: Autumn end of season Meeting – Cancelled

MM: RHS Bridgewater

RHS Bridgewater off Leigh Road, WorsleyManchester,

The aim is to have a site tour for part of the day and a field visit to look at ferns in the undeveloped parts of the garden for the rest of the time. For further information (see https://www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/bridgewater) Leaders Mike Canaway, (BPS) and James Hall (RHS). Off-path areas may be muddy according to weather … Continue reading MM: RHS Bridgewater

WS: Fibrex Nursery and the garden of Alistair and Margaret Urquhart

Fibrex Nuresery Honeybourne Road, Pebworth, Stratford-upon-Avon

Leaders: Fibrex Nursery (am.) Angela Tandy and garden visit (pm.) Alistair and Margaret Urquhart, Kidlington, Oxfordshire. Fibrex nursery needs no introduction to fern fans as the source of probably the widest range of plants available in the UK. As always, we can expect a warm and enthusiastic welcome at the nursery from Angela. Alistair and … Continue reading WS: Fibrex Nursery and the garden of Alistair and Margaret Urquhart

EA: Paul Spracklin’s garden

paul spacklin's garden 42 Greenwood AvenueSouth Benfleet,

Visit to Paul Spracklin’s garden at: 42 Greenwood Avenue South Benfleet Essex SS7 1LD Bring a packed lunch. Please let Peter Blake know that you will be joining any of this event. Peterblake1952@gmail.com

EA: Danesbury Fernery Project

Danesbury Fernery

This will be a half-day visit to the Danesbury Fernery Restoration Project which the BPS has been following for several years. Please let me know if you are coming on peterblake1952@gmail.com Also, bring a packed lunch and use the following directions: https://danesburyfernery.org.uk/map-danesbury-fernery/

EA: Autumn meeting

Peter Blake & Nick Lodge 14 Mill Hill Road, Norwich, Norfolk

East Anglia Autumn meeting at Peter and Nick’s house. 14 Mill Hill Road Norwich NR2 3DP Lunch provided. Please let Peter Blake know that you will be joining any of these events. Peterblake1952@gmail.com

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