March 2017 Meeting

Our scheduled speaker for this months meeting, Tracy Sidwell from Bale Grow was unable to attend.

After much ado the club was delighted to listen to our club member Valda Street who gave a wonderful talk on the historic Lovers Walk in Warburton. This walk is at the entry to Warburton at the back of the old Tea Rooms just after the first bridge into Warburton on your left.

Valda discovered this walk nearly 30 years ago while taking 4 local children for walks along the river. They then began to unearth hidden stone walls and seats and started to clear the area. Today this area comes under the management of the River Frontage Committee of which Valda is a member. A few years ago Landscape Architect Andrew Laidlow was commissioned to draw up plans for restoration of the walk but due to the huge expense involved these plans were shelved. With Valda’s perseverance she has convinced the committee to start the restoration and just last week work was begun on the stone walls and seats.

Thank you to Valda for a wonderful talk on part of the history of Warburton.

President Kevin Hince gave a short talk and slide show on Straw Bale Gardening. The type of straw used is important! To begin, position your bale in line with the ties still in place to keep it firm, wet and fertilise thoroughly for a couple of months inserting stakes with wire if a trellis is required. Put a good quality planting mix into holes and sow seeds of your choice! This will break down after a while and will be a good mulch for your garden.

Here’s a link on How to Build a Straw Bale Garden by Modern Farmer.

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