Every month the Stalbridge Garden Society produces a report on their monthly meeting. Here is September's edition...
Tony Moore our chairman welcomed everyone to the meeting, along with some new visitors.
There was also a lovely display of “Dahlias” for the competition, which Geoff Jeans kindly agreed to judge for us as we were unable to have our usual judges, so thank you for that Geoff, as it meant that he was not able to enter his own fabulous blooms in our competition.
This evening’s speaker was Jonathan Owen from “Dorset Wildlife Trust”, and the talk was entitled “Marine Plastics”.
Jonathan, showed us lots of slides on how plastics effect our marine life in the sea and around the coast, also along with rivers and tributaries.
He works on Brownsea Island, Kimmeridge bay and Worbarrow, where they often have the “big beach” clean-up, and it’s amazing how much plastic and rubbish is washed up on our beaches.
This is then mostly recycled, by the wildlife trust.
He told us that when checked 100% of shell fish had micro plastic inside, which is very worrying!
He explained, how abandoned fishing nets known as “ghost nets” trap our sea creatures, such as dolphin, sharks and many other fish these then die. Sea life also will be attracted to plastic such as bags thinking that it is food, along with sea birds as they are attracted to bright colours, of course these wildlife will eventually die.
Plastic: - it is now found in all of the world’s oceans, and in lots of rivers, it breaks down into micro plastic which badly effects wildlife. Also tiny plastic pellets get washed up on the shore, these escape from the big containers on ships and are called “nurdles”, sea life think that they are fish eggs and will pick these up.
Jonathan talked about “single use” plastic, such as water bottles, and how we can all help by doing our bit to reduce our use of plastic. This is a global problem which we all need to be aware of and do our best to reduce the use of plastic!
This was one of the best talks that we have had and it was so informative, we could have listened to Jonathan for hours, we all enjoyed this if a little sobering, thank you Jonathan.
Now the results from our Dahlia Competition, these are as follows.
Decorative: - 1st Wendy Bailey 2nd Michelle Howell 3rd Carolyn Loosen h/c Angela Flavell
Cactus/semi-cactus:- 1st John Farrant 2nd Michelle 3rd John h/c Wendy and Shirley Hosea
Ball; - 1st Wendy
Pompom; - 1st Michelle
Any other; - 1st Wendy 2nd Wendy
Thank you so very much to all of you who took part in the competition, it was a lovely display and thank you to Geoff, for his expertise, in judging.
Next month’s talk is entitled “Designing with Plants” with Marion Dale.
Thursday 11th October 7.30pm in the Hall, do come and join our friendly garden Society and pick up some new gardening ideas!
Also it is the apple competition, so do bring along your dessert and cooking apples, you will need 3 of each variety, have ago you might get a first.
Enjoy the autumn colour in your garden, or visit a larger garden, the NT ones are lovely this time of year.
Harvest, now time to pick enjoy, freeze, bottle , jam and chutney make with your produce, it is always nice to have a pickled beetroot, or garden vegetable chutney over the Christmas period., something from your garden is always special.