September 2017 Meeting & Events

Wednesday 13th September 8pm. Monthly Meeting at Carmarthen Veterinary Centre.
A talk by Rob Thomas, Head of Development at the National Botanical Gardens Wales. This will cover the history of gardens, the organic farm, charcoal and their green technology.
Meeting Report
Rob joined the National Botanical Gardens team in 2010, when the future of the gardens was uncertain,  his role is fundraising for the gardens. The mission of the garden is Conservation, Education and Inspiration. The aims are for the gardens to:

  • Provide a model for international botanical gardens
  • Be dedicated to the well being of people, plants and the planet
  • Give visitors a rich and rewarding experience
  • Be good value for money

The estate itself has an interesting and intriguing history. The current Gardens take conservation seriously by working to demonstrate good practice they also support a scientific team who are working on a number of exciting projects. Volunteers are always welcome to not just help in the gardens but with one of the many ongoing projects including heritage restoration work. To find out more visit their very informative web site https://botanicgarden.wales/

Sunday September 24th 11am. Farm walk in Meidrim.
Visit a small plantation of young Christmas trees and see how the experiment growing biomass (Willow) is progressing. With easy care sheep & bees to add some animal interest.
Meeting Report
About 20 of us were welcomed with tea & coffee to the last farm walk of 2017. The holding is rather steep, which makes clearing the bracken and gorse in order to succession plant their Christmas trees challenging. Other members talked about how they cope with managing steep ground. The up side is that it makes a good site for solar panels, which in turn provide shelter for their small flock of easy care sheep that shed their wool naturally. The bottom of their holding meets the river and after a lot of rain can flood its banks causing erosion and we could see how they had been working on trying to stabilise the bank with willow as well as plant it for biomass. Unfortunately they also have the very pretty but invasive Himalayan balsam growing along the banks, which is dealt with by cutting before seeding. As with all farm walks there is plenty of discussion and exchange of ideas as well as a sense of camaraderie. A very enjoyable day thanks to Adrian and Marion.

Further details are available to members in their DSA monthly Newsletter. For non members who would like to find out more please use our Contacts