East Anglia Group Autumn Indoor Meeting

Southend-on-Sea 182 Southchurch Boulevard, Southend-on-Sea, Essex

The East Anglia Group autumn meeting will be held at 182 Southchurch Boulevard, Southend-on-Sea, Essex SS2 4UX. Starting time is 12.30 p.m. The garden and fern collection will be available for viewing if the weather is good. Boots or wellingtons are advisable. Refreshments will be available but any additional food and drinks will be gratefully … Continue reading East Anglia Group Autumn Indoor Meeting

South-East Regional Group

Appledore station Station Road, Appledore, Kent

End of season Meeting Saturday November 8th 2014 This meeting will be held where I live, at Appledore, Kent Programme 10:30 Meet at Appledore station, TN26 2DF We will pay homage to the Asplenium septentrionale site, near Brenzett, and may include a local site, not far from the military canal, between Rye and Appledore. There … Continue reading South-East Regional Group

East Anglia Group – Winter Indoor Meeting

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

Please note the change of date. We apologise for any inconvenience. Oulton Broad, Suffolk Gill and Bryan Smith are hosting this years meeting.  Our speaker will be BPS president John Edginton. Lunch will be served. A £2 contribution to costs will be appreciated.

Annual General Meeting

Ness Botanic Gardens Neston Road, Ness

112th ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING Saturday 11th April 2015 Location: Lecture Theatre, Ness Botanic Gardens, Wirral, CH64 4AY. The Gardens are approximately 20 miles south of Liverpool and 10 miles west of Chester on the Neston Road in between the villages of Ness and Burton (see www.nessgardens.org.uk). Tea and coffee will be provided for the morning … Continue reading Annual General Meeting

Ferns at Gardening Scotland

Royal Highland Centre Ingliston, Edinburgh, Scotland

Five enthusiastic garden design students from Edinburgh Botanic Gardens will be presenting a Show Garden featuring ferns at Gardening Scotland, 29-31 May 2015, at the Royal Highland Showground in Edinburgh. The title of the design is: ‘A Cryoptogamic journey… from Edinburgh to Logan’. The BPS are supporting this project with a grant from the Centenary … Continue reading Ferns at Gardening Scotland

EA: Assington Thicks Wood

Assington Thicks Wood entrance The Street, Assington

Saturday 30th May: Assington Thicks Wood, Assington and Dollops Wood, Polstead, Suffolk and Barrie Stevenson’s garden, Cowlinge Meeting place: Assington Thicks Wood entrance, Grid ref TL933379 (about 100m south of Shoulder Of Mutton CO10 5LJ). Time: 10.30 a.m. Leader: Barrie Stevenson Lunch; Packed lunch or farm shop We will be led by Suffolk WT wardens … Continue reading EA: Assington Thicks Wood

SE: Cliffs and beach at Pett, near Hastings

Cliffs and beach at Pett, near Hastings Pett Level Road, Hastings

Saturday 13th June 2015, 10.30 a.m. Many thanks to Mark Border for organising a very interesting programme. We start at Cliff End, on the edge of Pett Level, where the Upper and Lower Cretaceous form cliffs at Fairlight. These rocks are unstable, and fossil deposits from the Jurassic are constantly being exposed. We hope to … Continue reading SE: Cliffs and beach at Pett, near Hastings

Yorkshire Group – Cottingham

Thwaite Botanic Garden 57 Thwaite Street, Cottingham, East Yorkshire

Meeting Place - Thwaite Botanic Gardens, 57 Thwaite Street, Cottingham, East Yorkshire. HU16 4QX. Drive in through wrought iron gates and park. Food - Skidby Mill café or a cafe at the Quayside. Footwear – walking shoes In the morning we will tour Thwaite Botanic Garden and the glasshouses with Yvonne’s fern collection. After lunch … Continue reading Yorkshire Group – Cottingham

Wessex: Around Worth Matravers

The Square and Compass Dorset

Meeting Place: The car park near the The Square & Compass This will be a chance to see some of the rarer ferns of this region in some truly remarkable and beautiful locations Morning: We will walk down to the coast and look for Asplenium marinum in the caves Lunch: A pastie and a pint … Continue reading Wessex: Around Worth Matravers

Oxfordshire

Kidlington and Didcot Oxfordshire

Following their success in 2014, the Cultivar Group is planning another 1-day national meeting. This time, it will include visits to Alistair Urquhart’s garden in Kidlington and Nick Hards’ garden in Didcot. In particular, this will be an opportunity to see some choice varieties of Polystichum setiferum.

Scottish Group – Bioblitz at Dawyck

Dawyck Botanic Garden Stobo, Near Peebles, Scottish Borders

We (BPS) have been invited to take part in a Bioblitz at Dawyck Botanic Garden near Peebles on Saturday the 25th July. At a Bioblitz members of the public are invited to help record a wide range of species – including ferns! - which have naturally established. For us, it is a good occasion to … Continue reading Scottish Group – Bioblitz at Dawyck

EA: Scrubs Wood and Woodham Walter Common

Scrubs Wood SSSI 36 Symmonds Lane , Danbury

Saturday 25th July: Scrubs Wood, Danbury and Woodham Walter Common, Essex (Joint Meeting with Essex Field Club) and Tim Pyner’s garden, Southend Meeting place: Danbury,Runsell Lane, junction with Simmonds Way, entrance to Scrubs Wood, Grid ref TL787057. There should be enough space on roadsides for cars. Time: 11.00 a.m. Leader: Tim Pyner Lunch: Packed lunch … Continue reading EA: Scrubs Wood and Woodham Walter Common

SE&EA: St. Ronan’s School Estate

St. Ronan’s School estate The Walled Nursery

Saturday 15th August: Joint meeting with the East Anglia Group St. Ronan’s School (TN18 5DJ (TQ777 307)) estate, and The Walled Garden, Water Lane, Hawkhurst, Kent. Leader: Paul Ripley Our third meeting of the year will visit one of the nicest woods in the south-east, containing all the woodland ferns you can expect in the … Continue reading SE&EA: St. Ronan’s School Estate

Southport Flower Show

Southport Flower Show Victoria Park, Southport

The Society will have a stand in the “Societies Tent” promoting the BPS, demonstrating spore propagation and answering questions from visitors. There are also a number of fern display categories where you could win prizes for your ferns. Please offer to help Michael and the “Team” if you can; it is always fun and is … Continue reading Southport Flower Show

North Wales

Criccieth Criccieth , Gwynedd

Our base will be Criccieth and we will meet up for briefing on the evening of Thursday 3 September before beginning our visits on the Friday. During the trip, we will visit a number of garden and wild sites, the exact balance depending on the weather. The morning of Tuesday 8 September will be spent … Continue reading North Wales

South Wales & Borders Group – two gardens in Herefordshire

Lower Hopton Farm Stoke Lacy

We are very grateful to two BPS members who have allowed us to visit their gardens in Herefordshire. Both are interested in much more than just ferns, so a fascinating day is in store. In the morning we will go to the garden of Veronica Cross at Stoke Lacy near Bromyard. Veronica will be well … Continue reading South Wales & Borders Group – two gardens in Herefordshire

Chris Nicholson & Fiona MacKinnon

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

BPS Scotland Group meeting on Saturday 19 September 2015 at the house (and garden) of Chris Nicholson & Fiona MacKinnon 8 Moray Place, Strathbungo, Glasgow, G41 2AQ Programme 10:30: Arrival, coffee, greetings 11.00: Tour of the garden 12.00: Plant sales & Book sales 12:30: Lunch 13.15: Rachel Bailey: Show garden for Gardening Scotland 13:45: Chris … Continue reading Chris Nicholson & Fiona MacKinnon

South Wales & Borders Group – Picton Castle Gardens

Picton Castle Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire

Visit to Picton Castle Gardens in Pembrokeshire, with indoor meeting. For our final visit of the year we are going to the far south west of our range to visit a fern garden in balmy Pembrokeshire. There are ferns throughout this large and varied garden, but they are particularly notable in the wooded areas, where … Continue reading South Wales & Borders Group – Picton Castle Gardens

SE: Autumn end of season meeting

Emmetts Garden Ide Hill, Sevenoaks

Saturday October 3rd, 2015. 10.30 a.m. Autumn end of season meeting - Emmetts garden, Ide Hill near Sevenoaks, Kent, then at Pat Acock’s house, 13 Star Lane, St Mary Cray, Kent, BR5 3LJ. Leader: Pat Acock Emmetts belongs to the National Trust. Set in woodlands that are rich in fern interest in their own right … Continue reading SE: Autumn end of season meeting

Yorkshire Group – AGM, RHS Garden Harlow Carr

RHS Garden Harlow Carr RHS Garden Harlow Carr, Harrogate, North Yorkshire

10.00: Classroom open to set up plant sales, and discuss topics of interest over a cup of coffee. 10.30: Activity to be arranged 12.30: Lunch 14.00: AGM 15.30: Tea, members’ slides, plant sales AGM meeting place – Learning Centre at the RHS Gardens, Harlow Carr, Harrogate.

EA: Autumn Indoor Meeting

Rookwood 1 Prospect Road, Oulton Broad, Lowestoft

Saturday 31st October: Autumn Indoor Meeting, Oulton Broad, Suffolk Meeting place: Rookwood, 1 Prospect Road, Oulton Broad, Lowestoft NR32 3PT Time: 12:00 Gill and Bryan Smith are kindly hosting our Autumn meeting again. Please bring photos and any ferny items that may be of interest. Also please bring along any spare ferns for our popular … Continue reading EA: Autumn Indoor Meeting

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016

RHS Chelsea Flower Show Royal Hospital, Chelsea, London

It’s been 25 years since BPS ‘did’ Chelsea (and then for our 100th Anniversary). Our application for a stand at Chelsea Flower Show has been successful. We have a large corner stand, and our theme will be ‘Ferns in your garden and conservatory’. We need members to help in various ways – including providing plants … Continue reading RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016

EA: Flitwick Moor and Mick & Linda Craddock’s Garden

Flitwick Moor & Folly Wood Maulden Road

Meeting place: Flitwick Moor & Folly Wood NR car park Grid ref: TL046354. Entrance off Maulden Road at Folly Farm, follow track to car park. Lunch; Bring packed lunch, to be taken at Mick and Linda’s garden, 40 Russell Drive, Ampthill MK45 2TX We will meet at Flitwick Moor, a Beds, Cambs & Northants WT … Continue reading EA: Flitwick Moor and Mick & Linda Craddock’s Garden

Plant Societies Weekend, RHS Wisley

RHS Garden Wisley Woking, Surrey

BPS will again have a stand at this event which showcases a variety of plant societies. We will be promoting the appreciation of ferns, fern growing and of course, the benefits of being a member of BPS. Please email me if you would like to help

NW: Aira Force

Aira Force A592, Watermillock, , Penrith , Cumbria

Aira Force – car park at NY 401 201 – National Trust car park so bring your membership cards (£7 for 4 hours and £9 all day) . The idea is to explore the area between the falls. Let me know if you are intending to come so we can keep you up to date … Continue reading NW: Aira Force

125th Anniversary National Meeting – South Lakes

Crooklands nr Kendal, Cumbria

Area: Southern Lake District. Dates: Sunday 3rd July to Saturday 9th July inclusive. Organiser: Alec Greening. A week-long meeting which is based at the birth place of the Society. The programme involves visiting National Collections, field visits for rare ferns and garden visits. There will be some evening talks and a celebratory dinner on the … Continue reading 125th Anniversary National Meeting – South Lakes

Scottish Group – Benmore Botanic Garden Bioblitz

Benmore Botanic Gardens Argyll, Benmore

‘In a magnificent mountainside setting on the Cowal Peninsula in Argyll lies Benmore, an enchanting Garden steeped in history and surrounded by dramatic scenery.’ One of its highlights is the impressive restored Victorian Fernery. Well worth a visit. Participate in recording the native ferns at Benmore and/or help present ferns to the public and/or simply … Continue reading Scottish Group – Benmore Botanic Garden Bioblitz

WX: Andrew Leonard

Andrew Leonard 37 Lower Bere Wood, Waterlooville

This is a chance to see my fern collection, in my garden in Waterlooville and at my allotment in Portsmouth We will meet in the morning at 11:00 at my house Florida will give us an early lunch and then we can decamp to the allotment in Portsmouth On the way we will stop off … Continue reading WX: Andrew Leonard

Highfield House Open Garden

Highfield House, Borders Muirburn, Skirling, Biggar

We are opening our garden to the public on Saturday, 30 July, 3 to 6pm, for teas, etc., as a fundraiser for Save the Children. The garden features a grass-cut labyrinth, market garden, apiary and a stumpery. We will be having an exhibit on the history of the house from 1870 to 1999, when we … Continue reading Highfield House Open Garden

Southport Flower Show 2016

Southport Flower Show Victoria Park, Southport

BPS will have a stand in the “Societies Tent” promoting the Society, demonstrating spore propagation and answering questions from visitors. There are also a number of fern display categories in which you could win prizes for your ferns. Please email me if you would like to help

EA: The Plantation Garden, Norwich and Peter Blake & Nick Lodge’s Garden

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

Meeting place: 14 Mill Hill Road, Norwich NR2 3DP (Peter Blake will provide parking permits on the day). Lunch; Peter & Nick are providing a light lunch After parking we will walk to the nearby Plantation Garden in Earlham Road. (Admission fee will be paid from EA group funds). The group last visited the garden … Continue reading EA: The Plantation Garden, Norwich and Peter Blake & Nick Lodge’s Garden

SE&EA: Redgrave Fen, Suffolk

Redgrave and Lopham Fen Low Common Road, South Lopham

Meeting place: NNR car park, Low Common Road, South Lopham, Diss IP22 2HX. Grid ref: TM052802 Lunch: Packed lunch This large reserve has a range of diverse habitats some of which are very ferny. As well as ferns there is a plethora of rare flora and fauna to see and we shall spend most of … Continue reading SE&EA: Redgrave Fen, Suffolk

SE: End of Season Meeting and Members’ Slideshows

Roundabout Wood Sandhurst Park, Tunbridge Wells, Kent

10:30 Roundabout Wood Footpath entrance off Sandhurst Park TN2 3SZ between the two closes Sandhurst Close and Parkwood Close, Near High Brooms Station. We meet at this interesting wood that has a number of ferns and interesting habitats and rare for Kent Equisetum sylvaticum! If that does not ensure a good turnout nothing will. Geoffrey … Continue reading SE: End of Season Meeting and Members’ Slideshows

South Wales & Borders Group: Dinas Powis and Dyffryn Gardens

Dinas Powis Vale of Glamorgan

Polypodies in Dinas Powis and Victorian style fernery at Dyffryn Gardens, Glamorgan The national society visited the Polypodies of Dinas Powis way back in 1990, when they saw all three species and even managed to spy plants of the cultivar P. australe ‘Richard Kayes’, which was first recorded from this location even further back in … Continue reading South Wales & Borders Group: Dinas Powis and Dyffryn Gardens

S: Ascog Fernery workday

Wemyss Bay Ferry Terminal Wemyss Bay

Meet at the ferry terminal at Wemyss Bay, for the 10.15 ferry. I expect to return by the 4 pm ferry. We will car pool, to take as few cars across as possible. Ascog Fernery is now owned by Karin and Michael Burke. The plan is to assist in keeping the ferns in good condition, … Continue reading S: Ascog Fernery workday

N: Azores 2017

Hotel Canadiano Rua do Contador 24 A, Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel

This is a week long trip to Sao Miguel with a good chance of seeing all the native and introduced ferns of the island We shall be visiting the ferns in the countryside and also some of the gardens of Sao Miguel, particularly the Terra Nostra Garden We shall also do a bit of tourism … Continue reading N: Azores 2017

S: NTS Arduaine Garden, Arduaine, Oban, Argyll

Arduaine Garden Arduaine, Oban, Argyll

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 … Continue reading S: NTS Arduaine Garden, Arduaine, Oban, Argyll

WS: National Museum of Wales Herbarium and a garden visit

Brian and Sue Dockerill 19 Westfield Road, Pontypridd

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 … Continue reading WS: National Museum of Wales Herbarium and a garden visit

EA: Wayland Wood, Watton, Urban Jungle Nursery and Crete Lodge Exotic Garden, Norfolk

Wayland Wood Watton

Meeting place: Wayland Wood, Watton IP25 6HN. Car park off A1075 at Grid ref TL9226,9959 Lunch: At Urban Jungle Nursery Café or packed lunch Wayland Wood is a Norfolk Wildlife Trust ancient woodland SSSI nature reserve with a rich ground flora. We will lunch at Urban Jungle Nursery where good food is served in their … Continue reading EA: Wayland Wood, Watton, Urban Jungle Nursery and Crete Lodge Exotic Garden, Norfolk

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

Napier Road Napier Road, Hastings

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 Road, Kelvedon 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 Brae, Edinburgh

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 Road, Kemsing

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

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