Every month the Stalbridge Garden Society produces a report on their monthly meeting. Here is August's edition...
Tony Moore opened our meeting and reminded everyone to get their entries in for the Show on Saturday 18th August. He then introduced Martin Young & talked about Plant Heritage of which Martin has then job of co-ordinating the keepers of National Collections of Plants. Martin was a Wg Cmdr RAF and during the 80’s he was stationed on Ascension Island. He now runs his own Hortiicultural business and nursery in Upwey,Weymouth. He gave us a very comprehensive talk on Ascension Island. Some key facts are: Ascension Island is in the middle of the Atlantic. It provided a base for the RN to protect St Helena during Napoleon’s imprisonment. Was the location of the world’s first experiment to make it rain. Was a staging post for the retaking of the Falklands in 1982.
Until 2011 was a NASA Tracking Station and Emergency Landing Site for the Space Shuttle. It is now a base for the European Space Agency which tracks Ariane spacecraft.
It remains a British Dependency and is still one of the strangest places on earth, it is essentially the top of a volcano! Martinn gave us a fascinating history of the plants on the island many being introduced from Kew Gardens by the RN in the 1800 after Dawin’s visit in 1836.
Overall a very interesting talk.
- Anne Brown