On the Monday of the May Fest, Monday May 7th, there will be, as in the past, a plant stall. Should anyone have some spare plants, then BLGC would be pleased to accept them for sale on the day.
The next meeting of the BLGC will be on Wednesday 9th May at 7:30 pm in Saint Leonard’s Hall. This will include a talk by Rachel Benson on ‘Living the good life?’ Rachel runs the gem of a forest garden at Old Sleningford Farm part of the Old Sleningford Hall estate just five miles outside Ripon. The garden produces tonnes of fruit each year, is home to hundreds of trees and countless birds and insects and requires minimal maintenance. The forest garden mimics immature woodland in which all plants are edible or useful. Food crops occupy every available space, including under the ground, on the ground and as bushes, trees and climbers.
Rachel says that when people hear what they do a usual reaction is that they are living the good life, but are they? You decide! She’ll tell us who, what, why and how they do things at the farm, the people, the animals, the gardens and produce from them. You’ll then have the chance to taste some of the preserves made with the produce they grow, blind tasting as they make unusual combinations as well as more traditional jams and chutneys.