Our group recently had a very enjoyable afternoon at Ampleforth Abbey, following a delicious Sunday lunch at The Fairfax Arms, Gilling East. One of our members cycled there from Dunnington; isn’t that impressive? Some of us walked the short distance from Gilling to the Abbey, following a pleasant track alongside the playing fields. We headed for the Visitor Centre and the welcoming Abbey, then visited the Tea Room, furnished with Mousey Thompson tables and chairs and finally saw the Orchards, full of a myriad of apple trees. Ingrid Marie, Worcester Perm, Discovery, Sunset, Spartan, Wagner, Ribston Pippin, Kent, Suntan, Fiesta, Crispin, Lord Lambourne are just a few of the varieties, I wonder how many names you recognize?
The orchard at Ampleforth Abbey
It still feels summery but soon we’ll be having our Autumn Lecture which this year is by Mike Sutton-Croft from Defra, on ‘Alien Species’. Mike has carried out wide-ranging research on their impact, from Crayfish in our rivers to American Skunk-cabbage introduced by garden centres. (An American expert mistakenly referred to them as American Spunk-cabbage which always makes me laugh). The Lecture is on Wednesday 23rd November at 8.00pm in Dunnington Reading Room. Everyone is welcome, free to members, otherwise £1.50 to help with costs.
We’re holding our Working Parties on 5th November, 3rd December, and 7th January. The Conservation Volunteers are helping us to clear brambles (by their roots) in the bluebell area on 31st October, 7th November, 14th November, and 17th November. You’re always welcome to join us, whether it’s for a few minutes or a couple of hours. Who’d prefer to exercise in a gym when you could be out in the fresh air, enjoying the autumnal colours and nutty fragrance of the magnificent trees?
Please check our website http://www.fohw.org.uk for dates of future events including our New Year Lunch and other activities.