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Tue 16 Jan 2018
7:45 pm - 10:00 pm
Climate Change - What will happen to your garden?
Pangbourne Village Hall, RG8 7AN

Dr. Michael Keith-Lucas will talk about the effect of climate change on the plants in our gardens, and how it is affecting agriculture and wild species throughout the year. Michael has made an in-depth study of this topic over many years, so come along to hear a very well informed talk.

This talk is free to Reading & District Natural History Society members. Visitors welcome at £3.00 charge.

Thu 25 Jan 2018
7:45 pm
Talk: Herbs for the Table
Village Hall, Victoria Road, RG31 5AB

Claire Brown managed Garden Centres, including RHS Wisley, for many years and ran her own gardening and design business before deciding to grow and sell cut flowers to Florists and the public. Claire will be speaking on having a variety of herbs all year round, places to grow and how to control pests and diseases.

Tue 6 Feb 2018
7:45 pm - 10:00 pm
Why you should love wasps
Pangbourne Village Hall, RG8 7AN

Everyone loves bees and is awe-struck by ants but no-one loves wasps. Dr. Seirian Sumner’s mission is to make you think differently about these insects: there are 100 times more species of wasps than ants and bees combined, and their populations are declining at rates faster than bees. Without wasps your garden would be swamped with insect pests and spiders. But the main reason our speaker loves wasps is because their social behaviour is extraordinary and has many parallels with our own. Come along to find out!

This talk is free to Reading & District Natural History Society members. Visitors welcome at £3.00 charge.

Thu 8 Feb 2018
7:30 pm
Tilehurst Horticultural Association AGM
Village Hall, Victoria Road, RG31 5AB
Sat 10 Feb 2018
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Get Growing: Planning Your Veg Patch
RISC, 35-39 London Street, Reading RG1 4PS
Organised by: food4families

This year Food4families will be running 6 separate 'Get Growing' modules, on the second Saturday of the month from 10 am - 12 noon, including a light refreshment break.

The sessions cost £15 each or sign up for 4 for £50.

This session will cover all you need to know to get started growing fruit and veg in your garden or allotment. and includes a tour of the edible forest roof garden at Reading International Solidarity Centre.

Tue 20 Feb 2018
7:45 pm
East Reading Horticultural Society AGM
St. Peter’s Church Hall, Church Road, Earley
Thu 22 Feb 2018
7:00 pm
Southcote GrowAllot Community Allotment AGM
The Advice Shop, Coronation Square, Southcote

We'll be holding our AGM on Thursday February 22nd 2018 at 7pm at The Advice Shop, Coronation square, Southcote. Everybody will bring some refreshments to have a bring-and-share meal afterwards.

Sun 25 Feb 2018
3:45 pm - 6:30 pm
RFGN AGM and Seed Saving Workshop
Main Hall, RISC, 35-39 London Street, Reading RG1 4PS

Our AGM meeting will include a seed-saving workshop and seed swap. Further details to follow.

Sat 10 Mar 2018
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Get Growing: Seed sowing/propagation
Food4families Training Base, South Reading New Directions, 330 Northumberland Ave, Reading RG2 8DH
Organised by: food4families

This year Food4families will be running 6 separate 'Get Growing' modules, on the second Saturday of the month from 10 am - 12 noon, including a light refreshment break.

The sessions cost £15 each or sign up for 4 for £50.

Mon 12 Mar 2018
6:00 pm
The Great Debate: Engineering better food systems
G10, Palmer building, Whiteknights campus, Reading RG6 6UR

Today’s global food system uses a lot of energy and resources: fuel and fossil derived fertilisers on the farm, fuel for transport, plastics for packaging and electricity for refrigeration with wastage at each stage. What can engineering do to improve sustainability of food production and distribution as the world population increases?

Admission is free but booking is strongly advised.

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