The Bucks District Association's members have enjoyed a remarkable year.  We have, like most of course, had our moments!  However, great support from Ivor Mace, Mark Hall and most recently Barry Newman who provided us with talks on a terrific range of subjects, allows  us to go armed into 2015 with lots of tips and ideas on how to grow better vegetables.

In October, Barry Newman talked us through the reasons he grows the majority of his vegetables (and flowers!) in raised beds of various sizes and shapes.  He explained his view in that:

  • it uses the space available better

  • helps manage pests more easily

  • removes the damage of some pests entirely (e.g. slugs are unable to move easily over woodchip or bark paths

  • and uses less labour to produce better crops. 

Barry supported his theories with a great range of slides.  These included raised beds from South Africa and a French chateau that were in use hundreds of years ago, so they are not a new idea, but with modern materials and irrigation systems any downsides can be easily overcome.

Barry answered many questions and left most of our members thinking "It's got to be worth a try".

Bucks District Association - Forthcoming events:

Tuesday,  3rd March at 7.00 p.m. 

David Thornton talks on Soil, Fertilizers and Chemicals after our AGM


Tuesday, 28th April at 7.30 p.m.

Trevor Last is providing a master-class on growing peas.


Thursday, 18th June at 2.00 p.m.

A private tour of the Claydon Estate - ticket only (£10)


Tuesday, 23rd June - 6.00 p.m.

John & Jill Braham's Open Garden evening

For further information contact David Elkins by e-mail to or telephone 01296 630659.

Written on Thursday 30th October 2014 by Emily Plumb


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