Programme of Courses and Events for 2019

Scythe Peening Workshop
Sunday April 7th, 10.30 am

Maintain your scythe blades and ensure that they can be sharpened to a keen edge. Guidance by Simon Cooter. Natural England Office, Pennerley.

Grid Reference SO357 985.

Visit to Mottey Meadows, Staffordshire
Sunday April 28th, 2.00 to 4.30 p.m.

A chance to see snake’s-head fritillaries in flower at Mottey Meadows NNR near Telford. Afternoon walk (2hr) led by the site manager Paul Shires. Wellies advisable! Minibus available (anticipated cost £12.50 pp to cover fuel; pick-ups at The Bog car park (12.45 p.m. and Minsterley Village Hall car park (1.00 p.m.). Booking essential: contact Richard Small on 01743 791476 for further details). If making your own way park on roadside near St. Mary’s CE First school in Wheaton Aston ST19 9PQ but please car-share if possible and confirm attendance with Richard Small on 01743 791476.

Annual General Meeting
Tuesday May 7th, 7.30 p.m.
Annual reports and short talks by members about their meadows, experience of MMG etc. Inn on the Green, Wentnor SY9 5EF. Grid Reference SO 381 932 Offers of short (15min) talks welcome.

Visit to Hurdley Hall
Wednesday May 15th, 10.30 a.m. to 1.00 p.m.
Joint event with CWG Plant Groups, looking at early meadow grasses and woodland plants. Meet at Roundton Nature Reserve car park near Old Churchstoke, Grid Reference SO 292 946.

Wildflower Verges, Prolley Moor
Wednesday May 22nd, 10.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m.
Joint event with CWG Plant Groups, discovering the plants to be found in roadside verges and monitoring the progress of last year’s verge management. Meet in Wentnor by the church. Grid Reference SO 383 927

Meadows and Grassland, Stapeley
Monday June 10th, 10.30 a.m. to 2.30 p.m.
Exploring some of the flower-rich grasslands in the area. Meet at the White Grit Tin Church, parking on roadside corner. Grid Reference SO 314 980

Moths and Meadows Mix, Pennerley
Sunday July 7th 10.30 a.m. to 1.00 p.m.
Discovering the moths associated with meadows on the recently created meadows at Pennerley House. Limited parking (but The Bog car park nearby). Grid Reference SO 355 987

Scything Week
July 14th-19th 10.00 a.m. start
Scything course (Sunday 14th July), ‘scything with a view’ sessions (Monday 15th- Thursday 18th July), scything competition and BBQ (Friday 19th July). Led by Simon Cooter, Natural England Office, Pennerley. Grid Reference SO357 985.

Meadow Owners’ Question Time
Tuesday October 8th, 7.30 p.m. to 10.00 p.m.
Tea, coffee and cakes (or bring your own favourite tipple). Natural England Office, Pennerley. Grid Reference SO357 985.

Talk by Suzanne Noble ‘Growing Native Orchids in Meadows and Gardens’
Wednesday November 13th 7.30 – 10.00 p.m.

Suzanne Noble has been growing British orchids since 2013 – see her website www.britishorchids.co.uk Suzanne will explain how she propagates orchids and will have some plants for sale. Church Barn, Church Lane, Bishop’s Castle SY9 5FD.