Places on the trip to Tyntesfield House and Garden (near Bristol ) on Saturday 15th June are filling up. You need to book before 4th May to secure a place.
The large site offers a huge range of outdoor garden interest including a restored productive Victorian kitchen garden, eateries and shopping. There is also a notable gothic revival house of considerable interest and worth a visit.
Group price entry is £15.60 per person with coach travel in addition (approx. £15.00 to be confirmed). This is for entry to house, garden and estate. Should you wish to only access the garden and estate you can pay £9.60 in addition to travel costs.
There is an entry fee as the venue is not RHS affiliated but if you are a National Trust member you are welcome to come along but simply pay your travel costs. The coach will depart from the Strand in Exmouth. There are a maximum of 53 places. Partners, family and friends are also welcome to join you on the trip. The deadline for securing a place is 4th May 2019. For each person there needs to be a non-refundable deposit of £10.00 by that date (4/5/19).
The total cost needs to be paid in full two weeks prior to departure. No deposits will be refunded as the club will have to pay for the trip in advance.
HOW TO PAY
You can pay by one of the following methods
- Bank Transfer: Account name EDAA
Sort code 30-93-15
Account number 01043752
- Cheque into Town Council Offices at 44 Rolle Street, Exmouth EX8 2SH to EDAA with name(s) of those going and plot number and ‘’Tyntesfield’’ on reverse. Cheque may be given into the shed made out to EDAA with name(s)of those going and plot number and ‘Tyntesfield ’ on reverse,
- Cash given in at allotment shop shed at PL or HL with your name and plot number to reserve a place on the reservations list.
Janet Cuff The committee were sad to receive the resignation of Janet from her role as site coordinator at Hamilton Lane. Janet knew her plot holders well and has worked tirelessly over the last few years to support everyone's gardening efforts. But she no longer has the time needed to fulfill this role. We thank her for everything she has done for the site.
New committee member At our last meeting we welcomed John Singleton onto the committee. John has already made a major contribution to the association with his design, construction and maintenance of our lovely website. His passion for soil care will surely be another area in which he contributes to the association in the future.
Pound Lane toilet - We have been lucky enough to get a grant of £6835 from the Big Lottery Fund towards the rebuilding of the PL toilet block. The build is finished and hopefully that means both sites are now clear of asbestos.
Help will also be needed for these final tasks...
Painting all the outside wood with the recommended Sadolin wood protection.
Making a ramp to allow for wheelchair access.
Please contact Tony if you can help with any of these tasks.
We also need photographs for the Lottery Fund for publicity but at present we are not quite sure what they will be!
Slug pellets Last year DEFRA decided that the chemical metaldehyde "posed an unacceptable risk to birds and mammals" and banned its use from June 2019. This means that the slug pellets currently on sale in the shop will not be available from the end of May. Plotholders can use pellets already purchased for the rest of this year, meanwhile, Roger is exploring alternatives.
Clean air The committee has been made aware of the District Council's Clean Air Policy and, to that end, has decided to encourage plotholders to compost as much garden waste as possible and phase out bonfires.
Glass Last year the removal of vast amounts of carpet from both sites made a huge impact on environmental standards. To continue raising standards this year, we are focusing on broken and unused glass so, look out for a collection point on your site.
Water bills Despite the very hot summer last year the water bills were only a bit larger than 2017.This would seem to show that the majority of plotholders are using water barrels and conserving water wherever they can. Please continue the good efforts in 2019.