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The Gentian The Newsletter for the Friends of Ness Gardens ISSUE 229 SUMMER 2012


Contents ISSUE 229 SUMMER 2012

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From the Secretary's desk

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Significant day for our Helen

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Annual General Meeting

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Ness Gardens to host BBC's GQT

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Letter from the Director

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Introductory offer

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A Taste of Ness at Tatton

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Protecting the local landscape

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Donate a tree for our anniversary forest

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Sunday Fundays

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Dates for your diary

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Friends Sunday lecture series

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RHS medal for botanist Hugh

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Wirral’s wildlife hotspot

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Editor: Keith Cade The Media Centre 7 The Precinct, Bromborough,Wirral CH62 7AD Tel: 0151 343 9100 Fax: 0151 334 0275 kcade@meridian-ltd.net Editorial Board: Helen Watters, Kevin Reid, Paul Cook, Barry Fowler, John Tallis Printer:The Print Room Tel 0151 922 8516 Cover picture: Our Taste of Ness proves popular with visitors at Tatton. The Friends of Ness Gardens is a registered charity No 511294.Views expressed in this publication are not necessarily those of Ness Botanic Gardens or the Friends of Ness Gardens. Material for the next issue should reach the Editor by 17 October 2012. University of Liverpool, Ness Botanic Gardens Tel 0151 353 0123 Fax 0151 353 1004 Website www.nessgardens.org.uk Email friendsofnessgardens@liv.ac.uk


From the Secretary’s Desk

Helen Watters

It has been five years since I wrote my first ‘article’ as Secretary and always at this time of drafting, I hope that what is finally printed conveys some of the passion I have for the Gardens. This was demonstrated most appropriately on a personal level recently when the Gardens played an important part in a significant day for me and the ‘other half’ (see page 3). At the time of writing, we have had a day without any significant rainfall which has been an unusual occurrence over the first weeks of what should be the start of our sunniest and warmest months. In preparation for this supposedly summer period, the June issue of RHS’s The Garden gave us helpful hints on watering during a drought and hosepipe ban. Pip Probart, designer of the Taste of Ness garden, is

Although not imposed in our area, picured with gardening celebrity Carol Klein who later and restrictions lifted in other counties reported on the RHS Flower Show from our garden. due to seemingly constant rainfall, transferring to a water meter has significantly, and quickly, tuned the Secretary’s household into making more use of our water butts rather than automatically heading to turn on the hose tap. The prospect of saving money (and resources) can help to change long-held habits of the billpayer fairly swiftly! There has certainly been a lot happening in the Garden, some of which has been made possible through the significant support of the Friends: the exterior footpath through the former herb garden, the information monitors in the Visitor Centre and the newly-launched website. One major development has been the creation of the new garden Making Waves which will help to make a redundant area behind the Potting Sheds more attractive for all visitors. This and the accompanying Taste of Ness garden at the RHS Flower Show Tatton Park have 2

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been significant projects to mark the 50th anniversary of the Friends of Ness Gardens (see page 9). As detailed in the Interim Newsletter, we also developed and supported the Sunday Fundays to take place over the summer, providing a range of activities for our younger visitors to help them enjoy the Gardens more fully. So whatever the weather brings over the next few months enjoy all that Ness Gardens has to offer and look out for further changes over forthcoming months as the Society moves into its second half-century. I would like to draw your attention to the important information in Director Kevin Reid's letter (pages 6 and 7). The current financial constraints on the Gardens cannot be under-estimated and it is important to ensure the Friends of Ness Gardens does all it can do to help support the work of the Director and his team through what is likely to be a difficult time. Your renewal of membership, visits and advocacy of the Gardens to friends and family will do much to help.

Significant day for our Helen On the brilliantly sunny and warm Tuesday 29 May our Secretary Helen Watters and longterm (over 20 years) significant other, Peter Spinks, made full use of the wonderful Rock Gardens backdrop at Ness Gardens for their own wedding day. ‘It was a case of the five perfects on the day,’ said Helen ‘location, weather, guests, service and, of course, new husband! Once we had made the decision to marry, there was no other venue we even considered as being appropriate and we would, of course, highly recommend it to anyone thinking of a wedding location.’

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Annual General Meeting Notice is given that the next Annual General Meeting for the Friends of Ness Gardens will take place at 10.30am on Saturday 19 January 2013 in the Lecture Theatre of the Horsfall Rushby Visitor Centre at Ness Botanic Gardens. Any Motions for discussions at the AGM need to be submitted to the Secretary no later than Monday 10 December 2012. This year, in accordance with the Constitution, there are two Ordinary Committee positions up for re-election as well as two Co-optive positions to be appointed by the Committee. If you would like to be considered for any of these positions, nominations need to be received by the Secretary no later than Friday 4 January 2013. Activities and future plans The main business of the meeting will be to review the Annual Report and Financial Statement of the Society to 31 July 2012 as well as receive an update on activities and future plans. Copies of the Annual Report will be available by midNovember through the following routes: ■ In person when visiting the Gardens (please ask at the Reception Desk in the Visitor Centre); ■ In writing, marking your correspondence to The Secretary (AGM) and send c/o The Friends Office at the Gardens; ■ Via email through contacting the Secretary at HLWatters@talktalk.net or Lorna.harper2@liv.ac.uk; ■ Download from the Friends section on www.nessgardens.org.uk. The Minutes of the last AGM are currently available through the same routes as above. Refreshments will be available after the AGM, providing an opportunity to meet Committee members and fellow Friends.

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Ness Gardens to host BBC’s QMT The BBC’s popular radio programme Gardeners’ Question Time is coming to Ness Gardens. The big day is Saturday 8 September when the Gardens will also host the BBC’s annual summer garden party in recognition of the support of volunteers and to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Friends of Ness Gardens. Two recording sessions for the show will take place both morning and afternoon where the audience will be able to ask questions and obtain sound gardening advice from the panel which is due to include Eric Robson (Chairman), Peter Gibb, Bob Flowerdew, Pippa Greenwood, Bunny Guinness, Matthew Wilson, Chris Beardshaw, Ann Swithinbank and Christine Walkden. A selection of these expert gardeners will also deliver a series of workshops around the Gardens - your chance to meet some of these gardening celebrities! Other activities, including a variety of garden tours, will also be happening though the day. Tickets at £6.50 each went on sale online from 16 July with limited availability at the Visitor Centre desk so you should not delay. For more details please visit the Gardens’ new website at www.nessgardens.org.uk or call 0845 030 4063 (local rate charge applies).

Above: Eric Robson - Chairman of Gardeners’ Question Time.

Right: Pippa Greenwood, Anne Swithinbank and Bob Flowerdew in a GQT session.

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Letter from the Director

Kevin F. H. Reid

Whilst 2012 marks a flagship year in celebrating 50 years of support and fellowship of the Friends of Ness Gardens, we are facing perhaps our greatest challenge in over half-a-century of the University of Liverpool's stewardship as the current economy and funding pressures of the higher education sector start to have an impact. All 10 University botanic gardens in the UK are feeling the squeeze on finances especially, as in the case of Ness Gardens, when classed as a non-teaching part of an academic institution. With this background, I have been tasked with delivering the Gardens to a zero deficit operational position by 31 July 2014.

Kevin Reid - Ness must become more commercially driven

As a consequence, I am working with my team to undertake a strategic review of all operating areas of the Gardens with a view to going ‘back to basics’. As well as a review of the staffing structure, the strategic review will also consider the current all-year-round opening and whether seasonal access would be more financially viable, the rationalisation of the events programme, and how we can maximise on learning, education and academic research opportunities. All this will go towards achieving the necessary ÂŁ200,000 reduction in operational costs. Essentially, the Gardens must become more commercially driven if we are to move towards a more financially sustainable position in the next two years. Whilst we realise that such changes will be of concern to Friends, we will endeavour to use a sensitive hand in all areas of discussion. We will, of course, work closely with the Friends Committee to look at ways in which the Society can continue to support the Gardens through enhancing our facilities, activities and engagement with our supporters and paying visitors. Ness is of course more fortunate than most in having the support of the largest Friends organisation, a unique setting and location, and access to the endowed investment funds of the Agnes Lois Bulley Trust - the interest from which has been used year-on-year to reduce the operational deficit. Considerable investment, not just in the Gardens but in the infrastructure of the buildings, is urgently needed.The Charity Commission has confirmed that it is possible for Ness to borrow funds from the Agnes Lois Bulley Trust, interest-free but subject to full repayment. This will be used to pump-prime matched funding for existing repairs and infrastructure improvements and for investing in new visitor facilities. 6

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This includes a glasshouse and restoring the Potting Sheds as a working/education space to engage our visitors about our founder Arthur Bulley and his patronage of George Forrest and Frank Kingdon-Ward that laid the foundations of this wonderful garden and plant collection. As demonstrated over the past 50 years, we know we can count on the Friends continued support for Ness, which is going to be increasingly more vital over the next 24 months.This is a critical time for the Gardens; we must change and adapt if we are to meet the competition from other gardens and leisure pursuits, improve our offer, enhance customer care and attract families and new audiences. I am confident that Ness Gardens will emerge from this difficult time in its history more refined and better placed to approach the next 50 years towards a sustainable and lasting legacy for future generations to enjoy. The Ken Hulme Student Bursary, funded by the Friends of Ness Gardens, has paid for these three gardeners at Ness this year. Alex Cairns, Jamie Connelly and Tom Clarkson have all had the chance to work at Ness and gain valuable experience to help them with their future careers. Alex has taken over the running of the Potager in the last three months but is leaving this summer to undertake further studies. Jamie and Tom volunteered at Ness before starting courses at Reaseheath College and hope to stay at Ness to complete their NVQ qualifications.

Emails versus the post We know some of you are concerned that we are still only sending out our Friends’ communications by post. Friends who have already provided their emails now get regular news updates between Gentian issues.When we have established a new membership admin system, we will have the technology to use online alternatives. If we don’t already have your email address and you’d like to help us reduce paper notifications please send an email to friendsofnessgardens@liv.ac.uk 7


Special offer if you recruit a Friend If you can persuade a friend or family member to join as a Friend of Ness Gardens in their own right, by Direct Debit only, we will reward both of you! This offer is open to the first 50 Friends who contact us directly - either by telephone or in person - and also applies to gifted memberships. This offer ends on 30 September 2012.

● Recruiting Friends receive a one-off opportunity to spend up to £30 in either the Shop or Plant Sales and receive a 50% discount of purchases (maximum £15 off and excludes artisan crafts purchases)

● New Friend receives a £10 National Garden gift voucher ● Applies to Direct Debit subscriptions only ● Limited to the first 50 Friends who apply To apply you can either: Sign up in person at the Visitor Centre with your Friend, or contact Lorna Harper at friendsofnessgardens@liv.ac.uk or call 0845 030 4063 (but remember you will need to be a current member of the Society). The new Friend's £10 National Garden gift voucher will be mailed with their membership card.

Ness holt hybrid azalea.

Turner Monet Twombly: Later Paintings Exhibition at Tate Liverpool This summer Friends of Ness Gardens will be able to see Tate Liverpool's Turner Monet Twombly: Later Paintings exhibition by purchasing two full price adult tickets for the price of one on production of their valid membership card! For more information on the exhibition please go to www.tate.org.uk/liverpool 8

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A Taste of Ness - at Tatton The Friends helped take the Taste of Ness garden to the RHS Tatton Park Flower Show in July - and won a Silver Gilt Medal! The garden, which proved popular with show visitors, is a reflection of a larger, permanent garden called Making Waves built at Ness Gardens itself with financial help from the Friends and is part of our 50th anniversary celebrations. Said our Secretary Helen Watters: ‘The award is fantastic news, especially considering that a video Paul Cook sent to me a couple of weeks ago seemed to indicate there would be nothing left for Tatton following the deluge of rain the site received.’

Curator Paul Cook with the coveted Silver Gilt certificate.

Both gardens were designed by Pip Probert from the Wirral who founded Outer Spaces, a landscaping and garden design company, in 2005. Her brief at Ness was to represent all that first attracted Arthur Bulley but in a new way hence the name Making Waves. Ness's changes in level are represented by six grassy waves rising up to 1.7m. Its water, sandstone and lush planting also feature. ‘It has been great from a designer's point of view,’ said Pip, ‘to be able to make a bold impact with solid blocks of colour.’

Above: Pip Prebert sits in the award-winning garden at Tatton.

Right: Pip’s Making Waves garden at Ness.

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Protecting the local landscape

Katie Lowe

Cheshire is a beautiful and varied county and Cheshire Landscape Trust has been working for 30 years to help protect and enhance its landscape.We are a small registered charity concentrating on grassroots projects with schools and community groups. Our tag line is simple: Promoting and conserving Cheshire's landscape through community action, and we do this in a variety of ways. We have co-ordinated the Cheshire Tree Warden Scheme for 21 years and set up a junior tree warden scheme called Tree Guardians, the only such scheme in the country. We donate about 6,000 trees and shrubs a year to community and school projects where they are planted for the benefit of the general public.We have given apple trees to communities and have helped to establish over 200 community orchards throughout Cheshire and beyond.We also give away hedge plants and have created about 10 miles of new hedgerow over the past 10 years. One of our recent planting projects involved the establishment of a new hedgerow at Widnes Fire Station.We worked with the fire brigade and young people from the Fire Cadets and Army Cadets to plant 50 metres of hedgerow around the station. Other projects included a new hedgerow planted with Blacon Sustainabilty Project, trees for a school field in Hartford and hedge plants for a community park in Mickle Trafford. We are also involved in the early stages of a new project called Landscape Wardens.This is an exciting project as it will guarantee we have people all over Cheshire monitoring the landscape as a whole.The aim is to train local people as the eyes and ears of landscape on their own patch, giving them the tools and the knowledge to look after landscapes that matter to them. We work with community groups on village design statements, which describe the design local people would like to see in any future developments.These documents are adopted as supplementary planning documents and become part of the statutory planning process, giving people a real say in how their community will develop. 10

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In addition, Cheshire Landscape Trust runs workshops on orchards, hedge-laying and tree surveys, and we lead guided walks and hold events such as apple days. Our work is carried out with just two staff; one full-time and one part-time, but we also have an enthusiastic team of 300 volunteers including our Tree Wardens and Tree Guardians. Our focus for last summer was the RHS Tatton Park Flower Show where we were offered a free display stand to highlight our work on community orchards and urban greening. We are funded by local authorities in Cheshire - Cheshire East, and Cheshire West and Chester Councils, But both recently cut our funding severely.Therefore, we are currently seeking sponsorship and would welcome any suggestions or offers of help. * Katie is Chief Executive of the Cheshire Landscape Trust Promoting and Conserving Cheshire's Landscape through Community Action Registered Charity No. 511777

Hedge-laying Before and After

Piece of cake for Barbara Cutting the anniversary cake for the 21st ‘birthday’ of the Botanical Artists of Ness Gardens is Barbara Hulme, widow of our late President and former Gardens Director Ken Hulme. The celebration included a special exhibition of the artists’ work in the Visitor Centre opened by the Gardens’ current Director Kevin Reid. Said Ann Hudson: ‘Barbara was our botanist for the artists for many years and she was of pivotal help before and after I set up the Botanical Artists.’ 11


Donate a tree for our anniversary forest For our 50th Anniversary a number of trees to plant a small Anniversary Friends Forest have been collected. These will be planted near the Ness Botanische garden and will be a way for Friends to contribute to the continued rejuvenation of this area of the Gardens. The forest is part of the Friends’ golden jubilee and will consist of 50 trees of good garden varieties including Sorbus ‘Olympic Flame’ with a few large trees such as oak for longevity mixed in. The inauguration of the forest will be on Saturday 8 September during the Gardeners’ Question Time Summer Party, with the first tree planted by the University of Liverpool’s Vice-Chancellor, Sir Howard Newby, and the Friends Chairman, Professor Jon Saunders. But it is intended that the planting of the remaining trees will start on 24 November to tie in with National Tree Week. The trees will go to the highest bidders, with a starting bid of £50 per tree. All proceeds will go towards the Potting Sheds Project. Bidding will take place 1 to 14 October and all successful donors will be recorded in a commemorative book. Please send your bids to friendsofnessgardens@liv.ac.uk or by mail to Friends of Ness Gardens Forest Appeal, Ness Botanic Gardens, Ness, Neston, CH64 4AY. A full list of trees available can be found on the Friends’ website or by requesting a copy from the Friends Office.

RHS Rhodo Group spring tour 2013 Following this year's successful tour to Cornwall, when Friends of Ness members joined with the Ness branch of the RHS Rhododendron Group, we are planning a tour to the gardens of South East England including Savill and Valley Gardens at Windsor in May 2013. If you would like to register an interest in joining the tour please let Ted Brabin have your name and address and we will ensure you receive the full details when the arrangements have been finalised. Ted can be contacted at angela.brabin@btinternet.com or at 0151 353 1193.

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Sunday Fundays The Sunday Fundays celebrating the Friends’ 50th anniversary continue throughout August, so bring the family along - it’s not too late! Sunday Fundays take place every Sunday until 26 August, between 11am and 3pm at no cost other than your admission (free to Friends). Suitable for primary school-aged children, events take place in the Gardens or under cover if wet weather. 12 August - Woodcarving and Flower Art Workshops. Have a turn at trying your hand at woodcarving with our experienced craftsman or participate in a workshop devised by the local NAFAS team. 19 August - Crime Scene Investigation. Henrietta Chicken (who has swallowed an item of jewellery owned by one of the gardeners) has been stolen from the Ness chicken enclosure. Police have a few suspects but they need help in sifting through the evidence! Participants take a trail around the gardens to pick up facts and evidence, and can join in a lab session using microscopes and other simple techniques to identify crime scene evidence and match it with suspects (lab session subject to capacity) 26 August - Woodcarving. Have a turn at trying your hand at woodcarving with our experienced craftsman.

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Dates for your diary Theatre in the Gardens: Peter Pan - Friday 3 & Saturday 4 August.(18.00-22.00) £11 (£6.50 Concessions; £5 under 21). Book tickets on 0151 6252929 or at www.offtheground.co.uk Theatre in the Gardens: HMS Pinafore - Sunday 26 August (18.00-22.00) £12.50 (£6 Children 5-16yrs). Book tickets on 0845 0304063. Theatre in the Gardens: Macbeth Wednesday 29 August (18.00-22.00) £12.50 (£6 Children 5-16yrs). Book tickets on 0845 0304063. Bulley's Free Entry and Heritage Day Saturday 1 September Free entry to the Gardens for all! Plant Hunters’ Day - Sunday 2 September (10.00-16.00) Large selection of rare and unusual plants being sold by some of the leading growers. £1 entry redeemable on admission to the Gardens. Saturday 8 September 10am-6pm. The BBC’s Gardeners’ Question Time and Summer Garden Party (See page 5). Boredom Busters Week - Monday 22 October to Friday 26 October. A full week of activities for the half-term including the popular Pumpkin Trail Ness Gardens Star Party - Tuesday 13 November. Join us for talks and demonstrations of what's in our night skies with observation through professional telescopes. Includes hot soup and crusty roll. Winter walks with mulled wine - Saturday 1 & Sunday 9 December Sunday Fundays - Every Sunday through August - see page 13 Friends Sunday Lecture Series - Starts 16 September - see page 16 Details of the entire programme, together with information on courses and workshops at Ness Gardens, can be found at www.nessgardens.org.uk

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First Ness photo winner Pictured is the first winner of a Ness Through the Seasons competition run by Heswall Photographic Society in conjunction with Ness Gardens. It's by Bob Burns who's son Daniel is also pictured being presented with the award from the then Mayor of Wirral at the society's annual awards evening and print exhibition at Ness Gardens in May.

Free insulation offer ends soon The Warmer Wirral free insulation ends soon, so Wirral residents are urged to apply now to ensure they don't miss out! Applications must be received before 31 October. Led by environmental charity Energy Projects Plus, in partnership with Wirral Council and British Gas, Warmer Wirral has fitted free insulation in over 19,000 homes. Under this scheme all Wirral residents (private tenants or owner-occupiers) are entitled to free loft and cavity wall insulation, which otherwise cost around ÂŁ400. All it involves is a quick survey to determine if your home is suitable for the work, then free insulation will be installed by British Gas. Loft clearances can be arranged for those unable to do it themselves and clearance is free for elderly/disabled people. Loft and cavity wall insulation are the most cost-effective way of reducing energy consumption. To ensure you don't miss out, please call freephone 0800 043 0151 or visit www.warmerwirral.org.uk. 15


Friends Sunday Lecture Series

John Tallis

16 September. Golden Anniversary Lecture by Peter Cunnington. In celebration of 50 years of the Friends of Ness Gardens, former Curator of Ness Gardens, and a regular speaker over several decades, Peter has personal experience of the support given to the Gardens by the Friends. 3.30-4.30pm

Lecture

4.30-5.15pm

Refreshments and anniversary cake cutting

5.15-6.30pm

Tour of the Gardens (weather dependent) to view recent projects supported by the Friends

While the lecture is free to attend, due to the anticipated popularity of this event and capacity of the Lecture Theatre, tickets (maximum of two per applicant) need to be pre-booked. Please contact barwil@talktalk.net or HLWatters@talttalk.net to register your interest in tickets which will be available mid-August.

7 October. Tim Baxter. A tree trail around Ness Gardens. Clebrating the heritage of rare and unusual trees planted at Ness Gardens over many decades. 21 October. Sam Youd. Restoration of kitchen gardens. Based on experience at Tatton Park where Sam Youd was, until recently, Garden Manager. 4 November. Marian & Chris Goody. Penguins and polar bears. An audio-visual presentation of adventures in the Antarctic and Arctic. 18 November. Maggie Campbell-Culver. The 17th century horticultural world of John Evelyn. And especially his ‘Sylva, a discourse of Forest Tree,’ published in 1664. 2 December. Patrick Harding. Christmas and its customs.What links Christmas and holly, ivy, mistletoe, robins, candles, crackers, mince pies, etc. All talks are at 2.30pm except for the special arrangements for Peter Cunnington’s talk on 16 September.

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RHS medal for botanist Hugh Hugh McAllister, the botanist at Ness Gardens from 1972 till 1997 and who continued to do some work at the Gardens till his retirement from the University in 2010, has been awarded the Veitch Memorial Medal of the Royal Horticultural Society. This was presented at the Hampton Court Flower Show in July this year and is given to ‘persons of any nationality who have made an outstanding contribution to the advancement and improvement of the science and practice of horticulture’. Hugh’s tasks at Ness were to oversee the production of the seed lists for exchange among botanic gardens and for the Friends, the identification and labeling of plants at Ness, and to carry out research. Problems in the identification of rowan (Sorbus) trees already growing at Ness led to his study of this genus and the publication in 2005 of his Kew Monograph on Sorbus. Similar work on birches (Betula) has resulted in a second Kew Monograph due for publication Spring 2013. As a result of Hugh’s work, Ness has probably the most comprehensive collection of both rowans and birches of any garden. In autumn Hugh will spend six weeks at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, having been awarded a Sargent Fellowship there.These fellowships, named after the first director of the Arnold, are primarily to promote research on the living collections of the arboretum, where there are extensive collections of trees of known wild origin from throughout the temperate regions of the world. Of particular interest to Hugh will be the Arnold’s collections of birches, apples and cotoneasters.

Keep your mind active! On Monday afternoons from 1 October, Catherine McAllister will run a fun and stimulating games session at Ness Gardens between 1.30 and 4pm. Drop in when you like, stay as long as you wish. Only £12 for 12 sessions (for Friends and Volunteers). Scrabble, Upwords, Boggle, PlayonWordz, Lexicon and other word-based games will be on offer. Make new friends while keeping your mind active! Email Catherine at cathmca@gmail.com to reserve your place for the first 12-week session 1 October to 17 December inclusive. Booking essential because numbers limited by space. 17


Wirral’s wildlife hotspot Pictured is part of a visiting group from the NW section of the Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management on an official Continuing Professional Development (CPD) event. It included visitors from Cheshire Wildlife Trust (Wirral Branch), local authorities in Merseyside, National Museums Liverpool, Environment Agency and several ecological consultancy companies. The visit was arranged by Phil Putnam, Carl Clee (World Museum Liverpool) and Hilary Ash (Cheshire Wildlife Trust) to demonstrate the creation of the new wildlife habitat and its management in the lower field area at Ness Gardens. This developing area of wild flora and fauna is becoming recognised as a hotspot for wildlife biodiversity in Wirral, in particular for insect fauna such as wild bees, butterflies, dayflying moths, birds and small mammals.

Spanish ‘grammar with conversation’ group This friendly and lively group meets every Monday morning at 10am for a 50-minute language revision session before moving into Roses Tearooms for Spanish conversation over coffee. The level needed to feel comfortable with the Language Revision session is A-level Spanish and above. However, for ‘conversation in Spanish’ round the tables at Roses, an ‘A grade’ at GCSE level could be sufficient. For more details email Catherine McAllister at cathmca@gmail.com There is no charge for the language session, and new Friends and Volunteers of Ness are guaranteed a warm welcome. 18

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By including a charity in your will, you can probably make a far greater gift than you could in your lifetime. When you start thinking about making a will, please take a moment to consider leaving a legacy to the Friends of Ness Gardens to help secure its long-term future - a gift that will continue to grow. If you would like to learn more about Ness Gardens and how your legacy may be used, please phone 0151 353 0123 and ask to speak to Kevin Reid. All discussions and information will be totally confidential.


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