The Friends of Haddon Wood

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Our new Woodland Trust Manager…

… is Joe Middleton, who arrived at the beginning of June.  If Hil’s memory is accurate he comes to us from the Wildlife Trust; some of FHWC walked the wood with him and he was very impressed by the level of interest and how things are looking.  He’s very knowledgeable and we’re looking forward to working with him.  I hope there’s a way we can get together so some of you can meet him too.

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Open Gardens 2015 – a glorious day!

Weary, but oh, so worth it, at the end of a long day of Open Gardens, didn’t our gardeners, cake bakers, signmakers, ticket sellers – all brought together by Hil – do us proud! It’s too late to write anything sensible and considered but here’s a taster…

…and here’s a selection of Rose Hubbard’s pictures from the day. It’s good to have an official photographer on the committee!

…and finally, the good news, from Hil…

Once again we used this as a fund-raising opportunity for Haddon Wood, and on 7 June we were blessed with three things: weather, the results of advertising on a free website, and Monty Don’s reference to Somerset having great gardens to visit.  All that meant more visitors than we’ve ever seen, and a total profit of over £1660!  A lot of people put in a great deal of effort and it was well worth it.  If you’ve never come along to this, we’ll be doing it all again next year; we do have some different gardens each time (and some everyone always wants to see).  If you’re not keen on gardens, come for the tea and cake – delicious!  We’re building an excellent fund for taking us into leasing, and allowing us to do some things as we go along.